Though the Peony Tea House closed its doors last month, Fort Wayne tea drinkers and fancy ladies alike can soon get their fix for tea and light lunch options once again. Sweet Violets Tea & Antiques will open Wednesday in the former Peony Tea House location (503 W. Wayne St.).
New owner Debbie Woodroof had dreamed of opening a tea house, and when a colleague told her in February that the Peony owners were selling, she called them immediately.
In lieu of the local art that had also been sold at Peony, Sweet Violets will be selling antiques – both Woodroof's own and on consignment. The two just seem to go well together, she says, and it makes sense – you can't go to an antique store without seeing some vintage china or tea cups ready for a new home.
Much of the décor inside hasn't changed, Woodroof says, but she has expanded the lunch menu to include more items, like a quiche and soup of the week.
And, of course, there are the tea options, served in the same tea pots and cups as they were with the previous owner – the pieces were part of the deal when Woodroof bought the teahouse, much to her happiness; scouting for new glassware can be fun, but finding enough to serve the 36 to 40 customers Sweet Violets can accommodate would be exhausting.
The tea house will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.