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Attract talent and tourists: Riverfront Amphitheater attracts more customers downtown

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina (WWAY) – Downtown Wilmington is alive and thriving, as thousands celebrated the stars and stripes at the inaugural concert at the Riverfront Amphitheater.

“This is the first time that we have truly felt a sense of normalcy following the pandemic,” said Ellie Craig of Front Street Brewery. “The numbers we saw downtown were absolutely incredible yesterday. The opening of Riverfront Park was so exciting for so many local businesses and craft breweries.

Visitors flooded the nearby restaurants, shops and bars like Pour Taproom.

“Oh absolutely, I’m so excited to have finally opened it,” tasting room owner Brian Ballard. “Bring more people downtown… everyone’s talking about it. It’s just a good thing to have downtown.

While parts of the park are still under construction, many business owners are already looking to the future, starting with Widespread Panic which will be playing in less than two weeks.

“Especially with the concerts that take place in the evenings, I think it gives people the ability to come early, go out to eat, relax, do a bit of shopping, and then go see some live music,” explained Abigail Ashe, co-owner of Lure. “You can’t really go wrong with this.”

On Sunday, Craig walked over ten miles from Front Street Brewery to the concert hall, just to meet his demand for beer.

According to Craig, “The Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance actually took care of all the beer at the event yesterday. And it was really wonderful to have local bands, local breweries, local food trucks. It was really Wilmington. It was a feeling of community. “

The Riverfront Amphitheater will host Widespread Panic and Grizmas in July, with more great bands and comedians to come.

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