Two Italian restaurants preparing to open in Warsaw

At left, the future Salvatori’s Authentic Italian Eatery along US 30 (L) is already hiring staff and is expected to open within a few weeks. Construction of Papa Vino’s (R) along SR 15N is progressing and the company is targeting mid- to late-June for its opening. News Now Warsaw photos by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — The race between two Italian chain restaurants to open new stores in Warsaw is gearing up.

Owners of Salvatori’s Authentic Italian Eatery have totally renovated the old Richard’s Restaurant on US 30 and it appears to be close to opening.

The company began hiring for the store a few weeks ago and said in a Facebook post that they were still looking to hire 30 more workers.

Salvatori’s has five restaurants in the Fort Wayne area.

Meanwhile, construction at the new Papa Vinos Italian Kitchen on SR 15N is progressing. After a lull in the winter, crews have the basic framework of the building erected.

Dan Fitzpatrick, the CEO of Quality Dining Inc., said they hope to have the store open for business by mid to late June.

Quality Dining operates nearly 180 Burger King restaurants in Florida, Indiana and Michigan; nearly 40 Chili’s restaurants in Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as Papa Vino’s in Mishawaka and St. Joseph, Mich.

Hiring for the Warsaw store will begin in May and Fitzpatrick said they would like to find about 100 workers.

The store will cater to special events with as many as three private dining areas available. Another room will be set aside for wine tasting, he said.

He said they have a long history of hosting special events.

He sounded confident about Papa Vino’s future in Warsaw despite not finishing first in the race to open.

“My comment would be best of luck to them. I’m not here to pound on the tables and tell you ours is going to be better than theirs, but I will tell you ours is going to be really good,”
Fitzpatrick said.

A call left with Salvatori’s was not returned on Monday.

Construction on the future Papa Vino’s restaurant on SR 15N in Warsaw is making progress. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
Salvatori’s Authentic Italian Eatery on US 30E in Warsaw appears to be just a few weeks away from opening. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.