Q&A With Cindy Henry – First Lady of Fort Wayne and the Frog

Mary Tom Henry owner of Green Frog Inn
Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer

As owner of the popular Green Frog Inn for the past 14 years and the über-busy wife of Mayor Tom Henry, Cindy Henry looks forward to letting loose this summer. A Fort Wayne native, she is the oldest of six children and a vivacious people person. Amid charity events, political fundraisers and other social functions, she manages to keep family at the forefront and celebrates her 39th wedding anniversary this June.

Q1: What has been your life’s greatest thrill so far?

“Undoubtedly, the gift of our two children, Elizabeth and Benjamin, and the opportunity to live long enough to see the addition of our two grandchildren. As I grow older, it seems I’m bidding goodbye to so many former classmates and friends and I am aware of the fact that growing old is a privilege not all of us get to experience. My family is just one of the many gifts God has bestowed upon me and watching them grow is an absolute joy! Hopefully, with the marriage of our daughter, Beth, last month, there will be additional grandchildren.”

Q2: What prompted you to buy the Green Frog Inn and how has it impacted your life?

“In the 1990s when I saw the sign in the window of The Green Frog Inn that a lunchtime server was needed, I couldn’t wait to tell them I was their woman! I had been a customer since the ‘70s when Tom introduced me to that awesome little ‘neighborhood watering hole’ in the old German Catholic neighborhood. I felt at home the instant I walked in. The hustle and bustle of the neighborhood and the visitors from Most Precious Blood Catholic Church across the street was evident in the cozy confines, which was the place to be. My brother-in-law, Erik, played baseball for The Green Frog Inn and after the games we’d converge on The Frog to celebrate another win! I knew if I found a day job where I could be off work by the time I picked up my kids from school that would be perfect. I got the job and the rest is history!”.”

Q3: What would surprise people about you?

“Would it surprise people if they knew I cry at every wedding and funeral I’ve ever attended? Or, maybe that I never purchase anything not on sale, or with a coupon? Or maybe that I hold close my fervent belief in truth and fidelity? Or maybe, if someone lies to me or makes me very angry, it takes a very, very long time for me to get over it? Or, best of all, that I am a dyed-in-the-wool Cubs fan?”

Q4: What was your most embarrassing moment?

“Oh, so many… When I started my first ‘real’ job at Scott’s Food Stores in 1973 at the Decatur Road location, the store was so large I walked into the wrong restroom and witnessed someone of the opposite sex using the facilities. When you’re sixteen, that’s tough! Another is when my neighbor and I were having a garage sale and I backed out of my driveway and into a customer’s brand new car they’d just bought the month before. Oh man, that was embarrassing!”

Q5: If you weren’t tending bar, what would you be doing?

“If I weren’t behind that wonderful old bar, I’d probably be selling something for someone else or maybe myself. I love goal-setting and achieving those goals. I find satisfaction in making things work and networking. I very much love all kinds of people, and I’ve met painters and actors, lawyers and union workers, doctors and tattoo artists, pierced people and people with addictions and some people who have taken advantage of my kindness, but I can truthfully say, I will never forget all the lessons I’ve learned along the journey. It has woven a very rich tapestry in my life.”

5 things on Cindy’s bucket list this summer:

  • “My bucket list for this summer started with Beth’s wedding on May 10. In that same weekend, we celebrated my wonderful mother, Marty, and my awesome mother-in-law, Margie, and found the perfect person to buy my business.”
  • “You can find me at Hamilton Park watching my 8- year-old grandson, Nik, playing Little League.”
  • “Or, at Jo-Ann Fabrics with my 11 year-old granddaughter, Ana, learning a craft.”
  • “There’s always Zesto’s with our neighbors Rick and Lucy, and family dinners on Wednesday nights.”
  • “And Benjamin, getting married on Oct. 4 will round out a full summer of fun!”

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