National Night Out On MacArthur Avenue

This year’s National Night Out on MacArthur Avenue, held August 7 from 6 till 8 pm, attracted well over 900 people for a family-fun night with games for the kids and two ever-popular misting tents. Northside native Jonathan Austin performed his captivating act of juggling and magic. And the food offered by restaurants along this commercial strip in Bellevue was extraordinary. But then again, it always is. Jimmy and Daniella Tsamouras served up the most tantalizing of dishes, the succulent smell preceding the food itself—paella. And a few doors down, at the mill on MacArthur, they dished out the finest Key Lime Pie this side of Key West. Over at Zorba’s Pizza they served garlic knots, while Bellevue resident Larry Brown scooped out bowls of ice cream. And next door at Dot’s Back Inn they were serving fried green Hanover tomatoes and gazpacho.  Across the street, next to one of the misting tents and a constant stream of music, Robert Shore and his team from Decatur’s Garage served up snow cones, the perfect antidote to the August heat and humidity. Claire and her crew at Stir Crazy offered iced tea and cookies. And right next to them Bob Kocher joined the Rich sisters in dispensing a mountain of vanilla ice cream and a sea of root beer. The line for these root beer floats stretched thirty-deep most of the evening. Tucked between the root beer floats and Stir Crazy, Joe Stankus filled more than 450 bags of popcorn.


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