Food & Fun

Area restaurants felt the positive effects of Street JAM on Saturday.

With the event taking place on West Third Street, between Main and Monroe streets, downtown restaurants received patronage.

Friendly’s, located at 10 S. Main St., was one restaurant that was busy.

According to Tony Sabino, manager, the restaurant was preparing take-out orders.

“We’ve planned for extra ice cream,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who come in and get ice cream – it’s an annual thing.”

Sabino added that many event-goers were not visiting local restaurants due to the prevalence of various food trucks closer to the event.

The food trucks, located in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, on Lafayette Street, included “Tickle My Ribs” stand, “MoJo’s Tacos” stand and various barbecues offering Italian sausages and chicken.

The Cherry Lounge, located at 326 Cherry St., also stayed busy.

“We were pretty busy – it was a good day today,” said Dawn Ormond, assistant manager. “We had extra staff on today.”

According to Ormond, the Cherry Lounge is not open on Sundays.

Victor Tarana, owner of Tim Horton’s, located at 21 S. Main St., said that his business was busier in prior years when Street JAM used to take place closer to Brooklyn Square.

“We have been busy, but this is business as usual,” Tarana said. “It’s not as busy (for the Street JAM event) as it was when it was right outside, but we do see some results.”

In the past, the annual summer 3-on-3 basketball tournament has taken place on Harrison Street and at the Chautauqua Mall.