‘Thursday Night Bites’ return to Olde Town Arvada

District restaurants participate in first of monthly street eats events

Ryan Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/10/21

After a nine-month layoff, ‘Thursday Night Bites’ returned to Olde Town Arvada on May 27. The event, which allows businesses in the historic district to set up food trucks and booths serving …

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‘Thursday Night Bites’ return to Olde Town Arvada

District restaurants participate in first of monthly street eats events

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After a nine-month layoff, ‘Thursday Night Bites’ returned to Olde Town Arvada on May 27. The event, which allows businesses in the historic district to set up food trucks and booths serving quick bites, will be held once a month throughout summer 2021.

Each edition of ‘Thursday Night Bites’ will have a theme — May was the burger edition — decided by the Olde Town Business Improvement District. Preregistration is required for the event and can be completed at oldetownarvada.org. Attendance for the May edition was limited to 150 guests, but Olde Town BID Director Joe Hengstler said he hoped to up that in the coming months.

With the purchase of a $40 ticket booklet, attendees can pick up to 12 bites from participating restaurants, grab a to-go container for food they cannot finish, enter a raffle for a $50 Olde Town gift card and vote on their favorite dish of the night.

Hengstler said the online registration makes it easier for the businesses to plan for the event.

“We love the online registration,” said Hengstler, “because it allows the businesses to prepare for this. They have to have their devices ready to go and we are able to reimburse the businesses for what they’re doing.”

Notable booths at the May edition included School House Kitchen and Libation’s drink stand and the Arvada Tavern’s aloha slider.

Nick Parry, operations manager for the Arvada Tavern, said the Tavern was using its ‘Thursday Night Bites’ stand to draw attention to its Tiki Tuesday’s, a weekly event that sees the Tavern adorn cocktails with Hawaiian fare and serve up some themed specials.

“We’re promoting our Tiki Tuesday’s,” said Parry. We’ve got an aloha burger, so this is an aloha slider that’s based off of it. We’ve been doing Tiki Tuesday for at least six years.”

Hengstler said that many of the businesses in the district work together for other events, and that ‘Thursday Night Bites’ provides another opportunity for them to come together as a community.

“You really do see the businesses down here collaborate and partner with each other,” Hengstler said. “I think it’s one of the really cool things about it. Spirit Wine Provisions partnered with Balefire on Mother’s Day for wine and jewelry. We’re a neighborhood, just like any other. You know your neighbor and you work with them.”

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