Marlins Park: Key Lime Chicken Tacos and Fresh Yogurt
"We're expecting this stadium to eventually revitalize the surrounding neighborhood," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told reporters late last month.
Walking around the stadium Wednesday night, the operative term in that statement had to be "eventually." There were far more vacant storefronts than open businesses. Examples all over the country, however support Loria's claim.
"We know from experience the possibilities," said Ann Pendleton, vice president of marketing for Levy Restaurants, which manages the foods vendors at the new stadium and several others around the country, including the American Airlines Arena. "We are excited to work with the Marlins in bringing affordable, delicious food and a wealth of commerce to the area."
The key lime chicken tacos ($12 for 2) did a lot better than the Marlins, who despite high expectations lost their opening night bout to the St. Louis Cardinals. Win or lose, the droves of fans still have to eat. Yogurt soft serve franchise YoBlendz is looking to capitalize.
Despite a slow first night, Holiday Cafe bakery owner Daniel Artola is hoping his customers keep coming back.
"We are really hoping that the plaza becomes like a community center for everyone to come and hang out," Artola said about the west end of the stadium where Holiday Cafe is located.