By John DeSantis
"Your business today keeps us open another week. Thank you." - Lauren (co-owner of Beer Belly Deli)
At Monday's event at Beer Belly Deli we accomplished what we set out to do: help support a small locally owned business and give folks a chance to come together, meet new people and make connections.
Beer Belly Deli has been open a little over a year. Some of you may know it is one of my favorite places to eat in Syracuse. Others may have heard of it as the place that is considering closing their doors for good because of the major street construction in front of their establishment.
Although the construction is ongoing and one good day of business will not save beer belly - we are so happy that we were able to do our part to help Beer Belly in this difficult time for them.
The event was scheduled for 5:30 and people started to trickle in around then. Over the next hour the crowd grew and the excitement continued to build. At 6:30, I gave a 5 minute speech on the back patio. I spoke about how glad I was that we were supporting Beer Belly, how great it has been that so many people came out to say that they Believe in Syracuse. I spoke about how Believe in Syracuse exists to promote living in Syracuse and to encourage community engagement.
We also had the owner of Syracuse Food Tours speak briefly about how she Believes in Syracuse and promotes the great places to eat on our city.
Lauren, co-owner of beer belly spoke briefly to say thank you to everyone who came and to let us know that because of our business on Monday, they will be able to stay open another week.
Let's keep supporting local businesses like Beer Belly. Let's keep involved in our community. Let's not let people get away with thinking that Syracuse is just a place with a lot of snow and good basketball. We are a community on the rise.
Watch this video of the speaking presentations at this event:
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