Looking for positive thoughts in these bleak times? Think ahead to summer and, hopefully, spending time with family and friends in an area park.
Clouds on the horizon doesn’t diminish the fact that there is a horizon there, and Royal Palm Beach Commons Park is a gem among area venues. And the park is set to feature a new food and beverage vendor starting soon after the COVID-19 emergency has ended.
The Royal Palm Beach Village Council voted Thursday, March 19 to award the park’s concession contract to Sweet Cravings LLC, an offshoot of Sweet Cravings NY, a popular food truck that has frequented the community for the past seven years.
Owners Russ and Jana D’Agostino of Royal Palm Beach were at the meeting to answer any questions about their new venture, but it was their young daughter Gianna who did the real convincing.
“This is something that we have been trying to make a success for a while, and they have had a truck that is successful in the area,” Parks & Recreation Director Lou Recchio said.
The second-floor café at Commons Park will be the concession’s location.
“We will have a wide array of food,” said Jana, who began to list some of them to the stage-whispered prompts from Gianna, who made sure that homemade ice cream-related products were mentioned prominently and frequently.
“I have visited your food truck,” Councilman Richard Valuntas said. “It was beyond exceptional.”
Mayor Fred Pinto said that the community and council are looking forward to it. “I see who your chief marketing officer is,” he smiled at Gianna.