New bar pays homage to Fort Wayne’s baseball history

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne’s history of baseball was the inspiration behind Hamilton Public House. The restaurant is located at 4910 N. Clinton Street. The property was previously owned by Bar 145.

Food and Beverage Director, Brian Shreffler, said Hamilton Public House is named after Allen Hamilton, a prominent member of the Fort Wayne community.

In the early days of baseball, Hamilton allowed amateur baseball teams to use his downtown property, near Lewis and Calhoun, as a playing field and practice grounds.

Then in 1871, the Fort Wayne Kekiongas hosted the Cleveland Forest Cities. It was the first professional baseball game ever played on record. The Fort Wayne Kekiongas won the game, 2-0.

“Everybody’s asking me, ‘why Hamilton, what’s that about?'” said Shreffler. “We wanted to pay homage to  him. There’s a lot of things that happened in Fort Wayne that most people don’t know about. This seems to be one of those things.”

It’s a story Adam Painter never knew, until he learned about Hamilton Public House.

“It [was] a team from Cleveland and I’m a Cleveland sports fan,” said Painter. “It kind of drew me right in with that.”

The place is decorated in Fort Wayne memorabilia. As you walk through the door, the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is written on the walls.  Even the menu encompasses the baseball theme.

“The menu is baseball themed so it kind of lets you follow from the starting lineup to the bullpen and everything is themed that way,” said Painter.

They serve a variety of foods, from meatballs to scotch eggs, queso to homemade guacamole, and that’s just the starting lineup. There is also a list of specialty cocktails that can only be found at Hamilton Public House.

“Thoughtful food,” said Shreffler. “That’s what I’d like to say. We’re doing thoughtful food. It’s something everyone can enjoy but also be able to try something that’s a little bit different. Creative food.”

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