Bakery, deli among menu items for Valpo site review panel
James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent August 29, 2013 12:59PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:15AM
VALPARAISO — Besides getting a new Public Works and Water Reclamation building this fall, the city should be getting a new specialty bakery and a deli from Chesterton-based Lucrezia.
All three items went before the Site Review Committee on Tuesday.
City officials and employees of Chester Inc., the company overseeing the public works building, spent more than half an hour going over storm water flow, Internet connections and drainage.
However, there’s no solid start date because foundation plans are still being decided.
Architect Scott Hazlett of Chester said engineers are still establishing whether to use normal footings or deeply driven piles as the foundation.
The city plans to begin the project this fall, moving the Department of Public Works from its current cramped 1940s location off Axe Avenue to 1855 Joliet Road on the west side of town.
Both of the other projects the committee reviewed are for downtown.
The bakery, WildFlour, will go in at the back of 210 Lincolnway, using a southwest entrance off the alley.
The building once housed Cornucopia coffeehouse and will soon house Main + Lincoln in the front, a restaurant that’s currently gutting the area.
Contractor Ken Blaney said WildFlour and Main + Lincoln will connect, and the bakery will supply items to the restaurant.
Owner Abby Leetz plans to sell specialty pies and cakes at the shop and host baking parties for up to 12 people.
Leetz said she ran a catering business years ago and did events until she worked in Chicago.
She hopes to open at the end of October, but www.wildflourvalpo.com is open now.
The deli will be Good to Go Lucrezia Valpo and go into 54 Lincolnway, west of Gil Drugs, where other restaurants and an art gallery were located.
“This is not Lucrezia’s that is coming to Valpo,” owner Nada Karas said.
It’s similar to the Good to Go deli in Chesterton they run and will offer a variety of take-out items and wines.
There’ll be little cooking on site besides boiling water, but the deli will offer Boarshead lunch meats, which Karas said she likes because of their high quality.
Because Valparaiso had no grocery licenses left for alcohol, the deli will have a bar area where customers can have wine flights — tastings with cheese and foods — and can order bottles to go.
They won’t be able to pick bottles off the shelves like a store because of license restrictions.
Karas hopes to have the store operational by October.