Jeannette’s food truck events on Thursday evening return with music in the new amphitheater


Hundreds of residents and visitors welcomed the return of Jeannette’s concerts and Food Truck Thursdays, which took place around the city’s new Elliott Group amphitheater.

The popular events were canceled last year due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite a light rainy season, Thursday’s celebrations attracted a large crowd for music from the local country rock band Saddle Up, as well as nibbles from the half-dozen food vendors lining blocks 500 and 600 of Clay Avenue.

Adults could also drink drinks from Sobel’s Obscure Brewery and Bella Terra Vineyards in a separate beer garden.

Stuck in the amphitheater, Clay and Fifth Streets, Jeff Scarcelli, a resident of Jeannette, regretted forgetting to bring blankets. But his group of eight, including his wife Paula, their four children, and two young friends, were able to gather around one of several tables in the street.

“It’s so great to be back,” he said. Before the food truck events took a break last year, he said, “That was our Thursday night.”

With their large group, the Scarcellis could all enjoy a sample of delicacies from several food trucks, including a gyro platter.

“The blessing was that we all shared,” said Jeff Scarcelli, including a fried pretzel from Dad’s Mobile Grub. “That was the only thing that blew everything away. They were fried, not baked. “

The Thursday concert was the second event in the amphitheater that debuted on Sunday with a performance by the Jeannette Community Band.

The new performance space “brings a wonderful dimension to the city,” said Carole Babish, president of the Jeannette Business Association, which sponsors Thursday’s downtown meeting. “It’s a real reason for people to come and celebrate. I think it will be a great asset to our city. “

Additional concerts and food truck Thursdays are planned for July 22nd and August 5th and 19th.

The nearly $ 300,000 amphitheater, managed by Jeannette officials, was developed with funding from the Neighborhood Partnership Program and the Neighborhood Aid Program. Both programs allow local businesses to donate a portion of their state taxes to community projects through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Jeff Himler is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected], or on Twitter.