Talk about massive eats. More than 8,500 people attended Foodstruck York Friday night. There were food fanatics, casual eaters and event a few caped crusaders. It rained — again — but not as hard or for the whole event. It didn’t cut down on the lines. Organizers told visitors to expect to wait and many were prepared. Check out the live feed.
Foodstruck organizer Meagan Feeser said one of the goals was to get people acquainted with the city.
“We worked really hard with downtown merchants to be open (during the event),” she said. “With increased foot traffic, we want people to have an idea of what downtown is all about.”
She said many brick-and-mortar restaurants and bars in the city saw more customers during the first Foodstruck in October. Organizers asked shops on North Beaver Street to stay open during the event 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Beth Snyder Bulik of Park Street Pantry said a bunch of people came into the shop after 5 p.m. She suspected it was the first wave. Even though her store wasn’t as busy as a First Friday, she was happy to open the store –which is usually open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — up for foodies.
Gina Sullivan of Sweet Melissa’s Dream said they saw a steady amount of browsers and shoppers, but it wasn’t the busiest night. She added that the rain might have even driven some people into area shops and businesses. Sweet Melissa’s stayed open until 8 p.m. — four hours later than normal. Sullivan said they sent updates and messages out on Facebook.
The Waterway Bar and Grill in York re-opened under new management Thursday night. Charles “Chaz” Ruth said the new staff was slightly overwhelmed by the crowd on Friday. Ruth said he didn’t really promote the bar being back open. But since it sits right across a bridge from Foodstruck, people found out. He said that the bar is going to continue to undergo remodeling in the coming months. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday and could expand, Ruth said. The bar is nonsmoking until 9 p.m.
Check out photos from Foodstruck and social media on the jump.
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