(08/13/10) - Fire up those engines. Plenty of cool and classic cars are about to cruise across the bricks of downtown Flint.
Back to the Bricks week begins on Monday.
Businesses along Saginaw Street are getting ready for plenty of foot traffic.
Back the Bricks isn't just about cars. Downtown Flint restaurants are preparing for what they consider the biggest food week of the year
"Economically speaking, it's one of the best. It's excellent," said Luis Fernandes, the executive chef for 501 and Wize Guys.
Wize Guys Pizza and 501 Bar and Grill are going above and beyond the overtime concept. Their staffers will be working nearly around the clock. "We're running a shift coming in 3 in the morning, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday because of all the prep we'll have to do. We're also this year having an outside kiosk where people can pick up pizzas out there, to smooth traffic a bit more compared to last year," Fernandes said.
Blackstone's also anticipates a big rush. The restaurant will host a pair of outdoor tent parties next weekend. "Entertainment, beer, pulled pork and tamales that Blackstone's and Soyla's have teamed together to do this year, and it's just going to be a good time," Executive Chef Jason Rogers said.
To ensure that good time, Rogers is loading up on the good stuff. "Ten thousand burgers that week. We'll go through 800 pounds of fish. It's just unbelievable."
No matter how much these restaurants prepare, there's sure to be a few hiccups. Mike's Triple Grille knows what that's all about. The past two years, the restaurant has run out of food by Saturday afternoon. "I learned to create space and start preparing early. For us, it's all about space," owner Mike Abraham said.
Wize Guys and 501 also ran out of food last year, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. "We plan on running out again. We plan on selling it all," said Fernandes.
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