Joseph Decuis to locate new restaurant at Electric Works

The maintenance facility of the old General Electric plant is tentatively planned to be converted to a series of restaurants for the proposed Electric Works project. FILE PHOTO

Joseph Decuis, an award-winning farm-to-fork restaurant in Roanoke, will open a new restaurant at Electric Works, the restaurant announced May 2.

The new restaurant will be a more casual version of its fine-dining restaurant, according to a statement from the restaurant. While the restaurant’s official name and identity are still being developed, it will carry the Joseph Decuis brand and feature a wine list and menu built around the restaurant’s renowned Wagyu beef.

“The establishment will play a foundational role in the food hall and public market at Electric Works, as well as its mission to bring healthier, more affordable food to Fort Wayne,” according to the statement.

“We see Electric Works as a unique opportunity to build an experience around culinary immersion, nutrition and education,” said Pete Eshelman, who co-owns Joseph Decuis along with his wife, Alice Eshelman, and brother, Tim Eshelman. “Our vision is for an experience that brings the very best of Joseph Decuis — locally raised ingredients, exclusive Wagyu beef and unparalleled service — in a more casual environment, all while collaborating with local organizations to drive better health and wellness throughout our community and region.”

Joseph Decuis was initially founded in 1996 as a private dining facility for a sport and entertainment insurance company the Eshelmans were running at the time; the restaurant opened to the public in 2000. Today, in addition to the restaurant, the company’s properties include the Joseph Decuis Wagyu Farm, a fully operational farm where it raises its own Wagyu with traditional Japanese husbandry practices; the Emporium, a retail store in Roanoke; the Farmstead Inn, a country inn located at the Wagyu Farm; and the Inn at Joseph Decuis, a bed-and-breakfast located in Roanoke.

“The Eshelmans’ vision for the future of health and wellness — and the vital role nutrition plays in it — is inspiring, and one we believe aligns with and greatly enhances our vision for the food hall and public market,” said Kevan Biggs of the Electric Works development team, RTM Ventures. “Indeed, we’re thrilled to work with Pete, Alice and Tim to further and more fully develop the role Electric Works will play in bringing more healthy, affordable and accessible food options to our community.”