BY: PAMELA STERN & AMANDA MOSES
At the official Grand Opening of Boston Market in the Spring Creek Shopping Center, the Director of Operations for Boston Market, Bob Gerard, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President, Diana Reyna, and the Principals, Assistant Principals and students of the three local schools: Abe Stark Primary School 346 (PS 346), Frederick Douglass Academy VIII (FDA VIII) and Gateway Intermediate 364 (IS 364), gathered in the newly opened establishment for a memorable event.
The grand opening culminated a community driven endeavor by Boston Market that started in October—an art project to beautify the barricades around Boston Market while the restaurant was under construction. “We are pleased to have our new Spring Creek Boston Market restaurant open to the community, and being involved in the communities we serve is important to us,” said Gerard. The murals that the students made had to display three things: family, mealtime and chicken. Local artists, Ms. BOOMBOX and LadyKFever helped the students in creating the murals.
Brooklyn Borough President representative, Diana Reyna said, “It’s fabulous that Boston Market celebrates family, food and traditional values that are very important to anyone in the city of New York, especially here in the East New York community. I think Spring Creek Towers resembles what the city of New York should explore as a healthy venue of many ingredients that are necessary to build out a healthier community.”
All three schools located in the Spring Creek Towers’ community were given monetary donations by Boston Market; each school received a different amount: $1,000 went to P.S. 346, $2,000 went to I.S. 364 and $3,000 went to FDA VIII. Some of the students from FDA VIII were so thrilled to be the grand prize winners that they all jumped in the air and gave each other a group hug.
“The whole process was really fun, from drawing the sketches to the final mural. It was nice because we all had the chance to express what love, family and mealtime means to us. It was beautiful process, and when we saw the mural, we saw our hearts on it—our perceptions of love and food,” said 12-year-old FDA VIII student, Trinity Folkes.
The Assistant Principal of FDA VIII, Robert Burnside was ecstatic saying, “It is good for the Boston Market Organization to give back like this to the community. It not only helps FDA VIII, but the other schools as well. This will be a great partnership heading into the future.”
“We look forward to Boston Market joining the community and offering our residents a family-friendly dining option,” said Reyna. “ It was a joy to see our local schools, artists, and community come together to support the students and their artworkthese murals showcased an immense amount of talent by our young people.”
According to Gerard, Boston Market will continue to look for ways to engage the schools. The restaurant is currently holding Student of the Week art contests sponsored by Boston Market. “One student each week will receive a $20 gift card for their family to use,” he said.
The new Boston Market is located in the Spring Creek Shopping Center, 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11239. Additional Reporting by: Adonis Smith