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Duty’s space to become Scotty’s

After three years and two other possible locations, Scott Wise has inked a deal to bring Scotty’s Brewhouse to Fort Wayne.

The restaurant will move into 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd., which is currently the home of 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, if the permit process allows, 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 moved so quickly.

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 in the summer.

Still, he was sure a location in the city would do well and continued to look. Spots were scouted downtown, northwest and 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), low-calorie section and catering available.

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