Three new merchants are set to open this fall at Union Street Market, the indoor food market at Electric Works in Fort Wayne. Pikoso Burrito Co., Johnny OX NEO Neapolitan Pizzeria, and Honey Plant bring the total number of merchants to 15.
“In creating Union Street Market, we set out to reflect the growing diversity of Fort Wayne and provide opportunities for independent business owners,” said Ted Spitzer, Union Street Market’s director of planning and development. “With today’s announcement, we are proud to share that 60% of Market businesses are women-owned, a quarter are minority-owned, and every single one is a local, independent entrepreneur.”
Pikoso Burrito Co. is a new concept from Flora and Samuel Barron, who own Flora and Lily’s Mexican Kitchen food truck and Kanela Blended Drinks on the Landing. The restaurant will feature surf and turf, TexMex, and mediterranean options.
“Over the years, we’ve learned that Fort Wayne residents love both authenticity and creativity, so Pikoso Burrito will feature Mexican ingredients with different twists to make delicious combinations,” said Flora Barron.
Johnny OX NEO Neapolitan Pizzeria is owned by chef Johnny Bojinoff. Bojinoff attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and has a background in West Coast restaurants serving old-world and modern pizza.
“I’m excited to be part of Union Street Market because I will have access to great local ingredients to make incredible pizza toppings, as well as delicious appetizers, salads, vinaigrettes and dressings,” Bojinoff said. “At NEO, customers can buy whole pies or pizza by the slice, including all-vegan pizzas.”
Honey Plant is opening its second Fort Wayne location at the market and will offer a wide range of houseplants and cut local flowers.
“We started as a pop-up in 2018, moved into our Wells Street store at the end of 2019, and expanded to double the size of our space,” said owner Cassandra Braman. “At the Market, we will feature cactus and succulent arrangements, popular houseplants, and have a seasonal floral bar with flowers from local and other US-based growers.”
The market is expected to open in October as part of the $286 million first phase of the mixed-use innovation district at the former General Electric campus.