Jasper Eats to celebrate downtown dining scene

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 8/8/18

The second annual Jasper Eats Downtown Food Crawl will be held this Thursday through Saturday to attract foodies and provide fun venues for fellowship and entertainment.Approximately 14 eateries or …

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Jasper Eats to celebrate downtown dining scene

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The second annual Jasper Eats Downtown Food Crawl will be held this Thursday through Saturday to attract foodies and provide fun venues for fellowship and entertainment.

Approximately 14 eateries or breweries will participate in the three-day event, including Five Loaves Bakery, The Sugar Shack, Los Reyes Grill, Black Rock Bistro, Lavish Coffee Bar, Warehouse 319, Anatomy of Pi Food Truck, Tallulah Brewing Company, Ella's Sweet Tooth, Son's Smokehouse Food Truck, Twisted Barley Brewing Company, Johnny Brusco's Pizza, Michelle's Bakery, Cafe and Coffee Shoppe and Rock-N-Roll Sushi — all located in downtown Jasper.

Jasper Main Street Executive Director Mike Putman said Jasper Eats is happening in conjunction with Alabama Restaurant Week, set for Aug. 10-19 to celebrate Alabama's restaurant scene.

All participating businesses will have food or drink specials, including two area food trucks. The Son's Smokehouse Food Truck will be parked all three nights of Jasper Eats at Twisted Barley Brewing Company, and the Anatomy of Pi Food Truck will be at Tallulah Brewing Company Thursday night.

In addition to special menu selections, there will be some musical performances and other events during the three-day Jasper Eats celebration. 

Christian Gann will perform at Los Reyes Grill from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday to bring what is described on his website as a modern, acoustic blend of country, pop, rock 'n' roll and funk.

Wild Bill and Levi Dukes will perform Friday night at Twisted Barley Brewing Company, and rock 'n' roll band Smashley will share their music at the brew pub on Saturday. 

Vocal students from the Athletic Arts Center in Jasper will perform at Lavish Coffee Bar Friday night, and Daily Mountain Eagle writer Rick Watson and his wife, Jilda, will perform at the coffee shop Saturday evening at 7 p.m. as part of their Americana Series. 

To kick off Jasper Eats, former Alabama football player Tyrone Prothro will be at Warehouse 319 Thursday night, with a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Prothro will be accompanied by former Auburn football player Taylor Mosley. Following the meet and greet, Warehouse 319 will host an Alabama and Auburn trivia night, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tallulah Brewing Company will host a trivia night on Thursday, and Warehouse 319 will have live music by Joby Rainer on Friday night.

Events are being added daily, and an updated list can be found on the Jasper Main Street Facebook page. 

Putman said a poll based on last year's sales during Jasper Eats was conducted and showed a strong return for businesses, compared to ordinary days of operation. He said the addition of more entertainment to this year's Jasper Eats is a way to hopefully boost sales even more and provide a fun atmosphere for customers.        

"During our first celebration of Alabama Restaurant Week with Jasper Eats, I think they were unsure of what to expect," Putman said. "They found out last year that it was successful for them, so they wanted to add more things to what they were doing this year."

Those who participate in Jasper Eats can also enter to win a Visions grill, Yeti cooler or $140 in gift certificates to downtown businesses. To enter, guests may obtain a game card at participating businesses that will be stamped with the Jasper Main Street flourish logo at the conclusion of each visit. Customers must have five stamps to enter the contest and have their card turned in at any participating business by 11 p.m. Saturday. 

Full instructions about the promotion are printed on the game card, and winners will be announced Monday, Aug. 13.