In 1837, Martin Van Buren was sworn in as president; John Deere started his business in Decatur, Illinois; and Nine Mile Restaurant, located in a small farmhouse on historic U.S. 27 in Fort Wayne, opened up for hungry customers. Today, it welcomes a whole new generation of diners as one of the oldest restaurants/bars in northern Indiana.
Since its humble beginnings as a tavern, Nine Mile — so named siince it was located exactly nine miles from the Allen County Courthouse — has grown into a full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Popular dishes include its specialty chicken gizzards, baby back ribs, “mess of lake” perch, a battered or breaded tenderloin, and homemade onion rings. Its wide menu also includes salads, soups, seafood, sandwiches and pizza.
The restaurant features a family-friendly, casual atmosphere for all ages and offers carry-out and catering services for patrons. Nine Mile Restaurant is open seven days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you’re in the area, owners Joe Strack and Barry Liggett invite you to stop by and take a bite out of Fort Wayne history!
Nine Mile Restaurant
13398 U.S. 27 South
Fort Wayne, Indiana