First Posted: 5/10/2013
Downtown Manager Rose Randazzo called Friday’s inaugural Second Friday Art Walk a “huge success.”
She estimated that over 500 people walked through the downtown to browse the art displays and eat at the city’s restaurants.
The restaurants were all busy. At one point 30 people were waiting outside Palazzo’s to be seated.
Across the street at Napoli’s workers were in a frenzy keeping up with demand.
Inside the Tomato Bar patrons were lined two deep around the bar, while on the deck a standing room only crowd listened to the Sperrazza Band playing classic rock in the bandshell on the lower Tomato Lot.
Rooney’s had a bar full most of the evening.
The Art Seen Gallery patrons filed in and out all evening, stopping at the free buffet and for a glass of wine.
“We’re very pleased,” Randazzo said.
“It’s one of the best things for the merchants.”
The city plans to double the number of artists on the street next month, when more of the rolling display grids are available.
The city is also exploring ways to get more people to walk up Main Street beyond Broad and William to the area of the Music Scene and the Fuji Sushi & Asian Fusion restaurant
One idea is to have live music at the Millennium Clock to attract attention to North Main.