Downtown Fort Wayne has been long awaiting the arrival of GK Cafe & Provisions—a sister company of GK Baked Goods and Junk Ditch Brewing Company. Well, the wait is finally over! And if you follow Fort Wayne’s food scene, your social media feed has likely been flooded with photos and reels of the café since its opening on February 10th.
The anticipation we’ve all felt and the praise they’re receiving are no surprise. Prior to opening the café, owner Grace Kelly May had already made a name for herself. The GK brand has been providing baked goods for Junk Ditch’s scratch kitchen, and has had a consistent presence at local farmers markets for years. GK’s cinnamon rolls are a local legend in their own right, and whether you’re a sweet type, a savory type (or both types), you’ll be pleased with any fresh bake from their selection of treats.
What’s extra special about the newest member of the GK family? It’s half café, half market—and a permanent food market has been in high demand ever since the early days of Downtown Fort Wayne’s redevelopment.
Having deep roots in the local food community, it’s only natural that the GK-led marketplace offers groceries from other local food vendors. Walking the isles of their mini-market, you’ll find item after item from local farms and artisan food makers.
Here’s a deeper look at all the local food and beverages you can snag at the new GK Cafe & Provisions:
Hoffman Certified Organics — USDA certified organic chicken that’s pastured-raised in Huntertown, IN
Turchetti’s Salumeria — cured meats, cold cuts, and other delicatessen staples handcrafted in their salumeria (sa-LOO-meh-REE-uh) in Indy; using beef and pork sourced from Wood Farms in Fort Wayne
Wholesome Meadows Family Farm — pasture-raised, hand-gathered chicken eggs from Bluffton, IN
Wood Farms — Angus beef and heritage Berkshire pork, both raised on certified organic pasture in Fort Wayne, IN
Hufford Family Dairy — raw milk cheeses from the Hufford Family farmstead in North Manchester, IN
Small Acres Specialty Farms — 100% grass-fed milk and butter farm-processed in Rome City, IN
Hawkins Family Farm — fresh produce grown without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or chemical fertilizers at their farmstead in North Manchester, IN
Something Better with Beth — fresh, non-GMO microgreens grown in Fort Wayne, IN
Coffee, Soda, & Other Beverages
Conjure Coffee — small-batch, hand-roasted coffee beans from their roastery on Columbia Avenue
Junk Ditch Brewing Company — sparkling lemonade, kombucha, root beer and other (non-alcoholic) draft drinks from GK’s sister-company on Main Street
Root & Revelry Craft Soda — artisan, all-natural sodas small-batched in Valparaiso, IN
Utopian Coffee — locally-roasted, ethically-sourced coffee beans roasted at their roastery on The Landing
Spices, condiments, and other accoutrements (aka pickled, fermented, or preserved foods)
Cook’s Orchard — varieties of apple butter and natural honey from their orchard in Fort Wayne
Fresco Spice Blends — all-natural, hand-packed spice and herb blends made locally in Fort Wayne
Josh’s Jungle — small-batched jams, pickled foods, and preserved sauces and dips, using produce that’s as local as possible
True Kimchi — authentic Korean kimchi small batched in Fort Wayne, using produce from local farms and growers
Windrose Urban Farm — hummus, sauerkraut, kimchi, and fermented hot sauces made locally at their urban farm
Amish Country Popcorn — offering non-GMO popcorn kernels and microwavable popcorn grown and processed in Berne, IN
In addition to these locally-sourced offerings, GK’s market carries a variety of unique, artisan food finds, pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and health-related products. Check their selection out in person!
GK Cafe & Provisions is located at 202 West Berry Street in Downtown Fort Wayne.
Hours of operation:
Monday — Saturday: 7am — 7pm
Sunday: 7am — 4pm
For more information about GK Baked Goods, check out their website. To stay in the loop, like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.
Molly Conner is a Fort Wayne native and freelance writer. Having lived in Downtown Fort Wayne throughout her twenties, she loves watching her stomping grounds grow. With her love of storytelling and community in tow, she’s eager to tell Downtown Fort Wayne’s story piece-by-piece—exploring the people, spaces, and organizations that make it thrive.