Proximo (Latin meaning "Next") is the next new concept within our restaurant family we could not be more excited to share with you! We are happy to bring this new cuisine to downtown Fort Wayne; all while keeping our attentive service you receive within our sister restaurants, The Hoppy Gnome & BakerStreet Steakhouse. Whether you live close to downtown, or you live a little further away, join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Yes, you read it correctly we are open for breakfast! Thank you Fort Wayne for continuing to support us and take on this next chapter.
Natalie Siegrist, our General Manager, moved to Fort Wayne from Cleveland, OH where the majority of her restaurant career has taken place. She is extremely grateful to be a part of the restaurant community here, especially with this exciting time for the city and it expanding. After moving to Fort Wayne, she was happy to start working at The Hoppy Gnome where she furthered her bartending skills. She will always cherish her time there “Gnome is where the heart is”, but was happy to be given the opportunity to join the Proximo team and is looking forward to what the future holds. As the General Manager, she helps develop the Training Material for the restaurant while incorporating the standards our restaurant company is known for. She enjoys teaching our staff how to provide the best service possible for our guests in an environment where they can be your tour guide.
Kevin Fredrickson, our Executive Chef, formerly of BakerStreet Steakhouse and Chop's Wine Bar, has recently joined the Proximo team to help bring fine dining Latin cuisine to Fort Wayne. He brings with him a genuine passion for the culinary arts, and a desire to provide guests with a unique dining experience. Whether he is in his tie dyed chef's jacket, a random cat or Patrick Swayze t-shirt, you will find him in the kitchen paying homage to the region's traditional fare while exploring creative new dishes using classic Latin ingredients.
Alex Musi, our Sous Chef, was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico where he then immigrated to America as a small child. After spending the majority of his life here in Fort Wayne, IN, he has fully embraced it as his home. His first job as a dishwasher is where he became interested in the possibility of building a career in the kitchen. Once he graduated from South Side High School, he pursued other interests but somehow always found his way back into the kitchen. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of cuisines, but he is now happy to have found a home within the ObiCai restaurant group. This has given him the privilege to cook and share the cuisine closest to his heart, culture & his family's food.
Marissa Sanders, our Event Coordinator, was born and raised in Ohio before moving to Indiana where she graduated from Warsaw High School. After graduating she went on to Ball State University to become an elementary school teacher. Teaching is what brought her to Fort Wayne where she also worked at BakerStreet for several years as a host and server. Her time at BakerStreet is where she realized how much she enjoyed hospitality and appreciates this companies focus on guest experience. When Proximo was planning to open, she was excited for this opportunity to combine two of her favorite things, planning and hospitality. She continues to grow her career by merging Proximo's event coordinating with BakerStreet's under ObiCai Restaurant Group.