Belden Village Mall hosts competition to find new restaurant

Belden Village Mall hosts competition to find new restaurant

JACKSON TWP. — Belden Village Mall’s Taste for the Place occasion Saturday drew additional than 850 friends to enjoy nine rivals vying for a overall prize truly worth $140,000 — which includes a $50,000 expenditure and 6 months’ free rent at an eatery space in the mall.

The nine opponents have been Big A#$ Salads, Blue Smoke, The Cheesecake Bar LLC, Daisy Pops, iRiE Jamaican Kitchen area, Merrybrook Baking Co., Poagies BBQ, SOL Pie Pizza and Taco Buddy. Function sponsors bundled US Foods and Dave & Buster’s.  

Every single competitor shared a signature tasting dish, or a number of options from which to decide on, with the crowd. Community associates then voted via text information for their most loved restaurant, and the judging panel, comprised of eight men and women influential in the neighborhood meals local community alongside two Belden Village Mall tenant managers and reps from the mall’s company owner, scored the competing places to eat. 

“We want someone good, new, authentic — just a new idea — inside the mall,” said Alisa Carl of Belden Village Mall.

“We want to do extra than simply just fill an eatery space, we want to create a food stuff group and aid community modest company,” said Alisa Carl, Belden Village Shopping mall marketing and advertising and business enterprise advancement manager, in a news launch just before the event. “Our center serves the community, so of training course we want to contain the community in shaping the future of their neighborhood eating.”

Ticket proceeds from the occasion were donated to Stark County Hunger Job Force to assistance provide absolutely free groceries to all those in need to have. The event also had a beer and wine backyard showcasing Hoodletown Brewing Co. and Gervasi Vineyard with sales benefiting Run to Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

A kids' section at the event included a T. rex demonstration, face painters, games and more.

Enjoyment was delivered by local band Eric Brooke. There also was a kids’ area, sponsored by Dave & Buster’s, that incorporated a T. rex demonstration, experience painters, games and more. 

How the Style for the Room party arrived collectively

Carl said Pacific Retail Capital Partners, the corporate proprietor of Belden Village Shopping mall, has run this event at facilities across the U.S. Carl modeled the Belden function on just one at a shopping mall in Chicago.

The corporation looked at the demographics and the total of domestically owned restaurants in the place and believed Style for the Space would be a good way to fill mall area with the aid of the community, Carl explained.

Community members taste dishes from restaurants Saturday, then will vote via text message for their favorite.

To take part, restaurants experienced to fill out an considerable application and incorporate a video of them selves. The shopping mall employees wanted to get a genuine experience for every single restaurant’s business plan and chefs to see if they would be a very good match for a house in the shopping mall.

Some of the finalists really do not have a brick-and-mortar business enterprise nevertheless, so they ended up thrilled to have an possibility to gain a house.

Taco Buddy's featured dish at the competition was a fish taco.

“There are two chefs that do not have a business suitable now. The a person is known as Blue Smoke and the other one particular is Taco Buddy,” reported Carl. “The operator of Blue Smoke … has been seeking to open up his individual enterprise for quite some time. …  

“To be able to search at some of these cooks that want a business enterprise, it is remarkable that we can search at them and say, ‘We want to aid you start off your business,’ and give them an opportunity that maybe they wouldn’t be ready to do devoid of a competitiveness like this,” she claimed.