Restaurant venture, DeBrand among confirmed Ash tenants

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Ash Skyline Plaza development in downtown Fort Wayne has secured three tenants.

Fine restaurant The Golden will open in the under-construction building, according to a post on its Facebook page. City spokesman John Perlich confirmed Tuesday that local gourmet chocolatier DeBrand Fine Chocolates and Lake City Bank has also agreed to open in the development.

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The Golden is a launch by Joseph Decuis chefs Sean Richardson and Aaron Butts. The pair collaborated on a craft cocktail pop-up more than a year ago, and this will be their first full-service restaurant.

On The Golden’s Facebook page, Richardson and Butts indicated the restaurant would open in late spring or early summer.

“We feel like we have something special to offer the city that Aaron grew up in and that I feel honored to call my home,” the post said. “We are excited to not only showcase our concept, but also the skills of many friends who are raising great food, the right way, in our area.”

Butts is the executive chef at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke. The Golden’s Facebook page said his last day will be Dec. 31. Richardson has been Butts’ sous chef at Joseph Decuis. Our partners in news at The News-Sentinel reported that Butts’ wife, Carmen McGee, the sommelier at Joseph Decuis, will be a part of the new venture.

Joseph Decuis posted on its Facebook page, “How fortunate Joseph Decuis has been to have these two at the helm. It’s a natural progression for them and we with them the best.”

City spokesman John Perlich confirmed the commitments of DeBrand and Lake City Bank to NewsChannel 15 on Tuesday when asked about other confirmed businesses.

The $98 million Ash Skyline Plaza project – anchored by local insurance broker Ash Brokerage – is scheduled to open its parking garage in the coming weeks and the retail, commercial and Ash office spaces in May 2016.

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