Copper Spoon opened up in March of 2015 under the name Wine Down, but got its new name in October of 2018. Over the first few years, Wine Down evolved into so much more than owners Gary and Kelly Skeel could have imagined. The restaurant & bar is locally owned and developed by Gary and Kelly, who wanted to create a destination where people from Fort Wayne could feel like they've been transported somewhere else. The name Copper Spoon was a collaboration with then Beverage Director, Trevor Scovel. He had the name picked out as a possibility for his own bar someday. But with the direction of Gary and Kelly, the bar inside Wine Down came into that reality, and the two ideas merged into one. Copper Spoon's bar has long been recognized as paving the way for some of the best cocktails & drinks in the midwest. in 2020 and 2021, we were nominated for Best American Bar Team and Worlds Best Cocktail Menu by the Tales of The Cocktail Foundation's annual Spirited Awards.
With the rebrand in 2018 we brought in a twice nominated James Beard chef, Aaron Butts. He was a "Best Chefs in America" semifinalist, and brought a new level of excellence in food quality, taste, and presentation to our diners. Copper Spoon's culinary team has been able to impress both Fort Wayne locals and out-of-town foodies. We also strive to support the local food scene by establishing & maintaining relationships with many local food suppliers & farmers. Our menu serves locally sourced food whenever possible.
Copper Spoon's menu would not be possible without the help from these wonderful local farms & producers: Wood Farms, Fischer Farms, Hoffman Organics, Hawkins Farm, Gunthrop Farm, Berry Hill Farm, Windrose Learning Farm, GK Baked Goods, and Zinnia's Bakehouse, and more, who are all located here in Indiana.