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The opening is planned for mid-September.

Scotty’s Brewhouse finds a home in Fort Wayne

“I think it’s a cool circle of life that I’ll be opening a restaurant in my hometown.”

Scott Wise was born at Parkview Hospital and lived on Getz Road until he was 3 years old, when his family moved to Muncie. Now, just a mile away – give or take – he’s gearing up to open Scotty’s Brewhouse at 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd.

He recently inked a deal for the spot, which currently serves as Duty’s Buckets Sports Pub & Grub. Duty’s will close April 13, according to manager Kevin Pio.

Wise plans to begin work in May, with construction, permit process allowing, to begin in June. The restaurant will employ 125, and applications will be accepted in August. He hopes to open in mid-September.

The process to open a Scotty’s in Fort Wayne hasn’t been so quick.

Wise initially eyed the Harrison near Parkview Field three years ago and, last year, had hoped to open at the former Richard’s at Getz Road and West Jefferson Boulevard. Financing woes stalled the project last summer.

Still, he was sure that a location would do well and continued to look at the city. Spots downtown and northwest were scouted, as well as southwest.

“It felt like it was the right space, he says. “Location trumps everything.”

Scotty’s Brewhouse is known for its dill chips – more than 750,000 made each year, Wise says – and burgers. The restaurant also has a gluten-free menu, kids menu (with gluten-free options as well), lo-cal section and catering available.

The bar will feature 30 taps, with seven drafts coming from its brewery, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.