Curlys after fire 2013Fort Wayne’s popular riverfront bar, CURLY’S VILLAGE INN (4205 Bluffton Rd.), has re-opened following a frustrating month-long recovery from a June 1 lightning strike.

Just a day short of their one-year anniversary of acquiring the family’s business, David and Tina Brown watched as Fort Wayne fire fighters doused a small blaze ignited by a lightning strike at their Waynedale-area tavern.

While the fire itself affected only the exterior of the second floor party room—sparing the vintage first-floor bar—two more minor electrical fires during the repair process plagued the bar’s reopening. Now, complete with all-new electrical wiring, Curly’s Village Inn has reopened to the public.

The Browns are planning a re-opening party at a later date.

“The outpouring of support while we were down was phenomenal,” stated Tina Brown. “At some point later this year, we want to celebrate and thank everyone for their continued business.”

Curly’s Village Inn is open Monday-Saturday, 1:00pm-2:30am, and Sundays, 1:00pm-9:00pm, and offers views of Foster Park and the St. Mary’s River from its popular deck seating. The kitchen, famous for its onion rings—rated Best in Fort Wayne by the Journal-Gazette—is open Monday-Saturdays, 5:00pm-10:00pm, and Sundays, 4:00pm-8:00pm.