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Social Scene
From food to drink, we take a closer look at how some area businesses are bringing people together.

by Staff

What are the effects of craft beers’ growth and popularity?
We have a more educated consumer who realizes that craft beer can be as sophisticated and different as wines are. What I’ve seen is an increase in restaurants positioning themselves around local breweries, wineries and distilleries, and it’s become a very symbiotic relationship that drives the economy of a town.
—Bob Hochgertel, Kings Road Brewing Company

How does a visit to the brewery help educate visitors on the liquid being poured into their glass?
Simply put, we manufacture beer. When you come to a brewery, you not only get to taste unique beers that aren’t always available elsewhere, you also get to learn about how a beer is conceived and produced through our guided tours.
--Marvin Bowe, Swedesboro Brewing Company

Is it an exciting time right now to operate a food truck?
There’s never been a better time to be a food truck owner. Even now after the shutdowns have ended, we’re seeing events that would typically be held at a restaurant or catering hall now being held outside with a food truck. Rehearsal dinners, showers, engagement parties—the opportunities are endless for us right now.
--Vince Hand, Hands Down BBQ

How would you describe the atmosphere at your restaurant?
Turning Point offers unique, upscale breakfast, brunch and lunch options in an environment that feels like home. The atmosphere of each Turning Point location is warm and inviting with exceptional service.
--Carla Roman, Turning Point

How has the restaurant industry changed over the last few years and what is bringing consumers back?
Since COVID there has been a shift in the way people order as 80% of sales are now takeout or delivery. The other thing that has changed over the last few years is the importance of keeping your information online correct ...  you have to now curtail your approach in a virtual way.

--Eric Adili, The Fat Tomato Italian Bistro

What helps draw folks to a distillery and what’s the experience like?
Distilleries are unable to operate an on-site restaurant or sell food, but those such as our who are centrally located with eateries nearby make it convenient for customers to easily bring their own food. Also, themed events are a big draw. We offer an outside area with tables umbrellas, cornhole, Jenga and plenty of other activities.

--Veronica Townsend, Blue Rascal Distillery

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 1.
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