FALL RIVER — It’s Halloween, and we have no tricks for our readers today, just treats — a rundown of the top stories of the past week, that is.
The municipal election is Tuesday, which means you have only a couple more days to catch up on the issues and learn about the candidates. Both the City Council and School Committee candidates make their case in their own words right here.
This past week brought some scary moments thanks to a powerful nor’easter that ripped through the region.
And of course, in honor of Halloween, we offer a look at some of the area’s most popular ghost stories. Still looking for the right costume? Here’s a look at the most popular choices this year. And there’s still time to check out Fall River’s famous Factory of Terror.
But before we begin the new week in earnest, we bring you the most popular stories from the past week on heraldnews.com.
Pink Bean gives staff a chance to regroup
On Oct. 21, Pink Bean owners announced that the Fall River site would be temporarily closing its doors. But don’t worry, you can still get your Mojo just a seven-minute car ride away at their Somerset location on Slades Ferry Avenue.
Bonnie Souza, who co-owns the Pink Bean with Sandy Pacheco, said the move was made due to a staff shortage in an effort to keep up with customer service and not burn out employees who “have been working non-stop for months.”
“I’m blessed that I have the two stores because they work off of each other that way and I can keep staff employed by moving them around,” said Souza, who oversees a staff of 22 in total.
‘Working non-stop for months’:Why Fall River’s Pink Bean is temporarily closing its doors
Faneek’s gets a new look
What’s new at Faneek’s Coney Island? Better question is what’s not new?
From makeover inside and out to delivery services that bring your Faneek’s favorites straight to your door to community partnerships and expanded ordering options, it’s been a busy year and a half at one of the city’s most beloved hot dog joints as it emerges from the pandemic with fresh outlook for the future and fresh ideas.
And with a new, bright blue facade, which coincidentally — or perhaps not so coincidentally — matches the city’s own Braga Bridge, it’s hard not to take notice.
But exterior changes are just one of the many exciting things happening at the Rhode Island Avenue business, a Fall River fixture since 1966.
Full steam ahead at Faneek’s:New look, fresh ideas at Fall River hot dog joint
Restaurants struggle with supply chain disruptions
It’s been a crap shoot for restaurants like Barrett’s Waterfront when it comes to getting the food and supplies that they’ve ordered.
“Every delivery we’re missing something. We never know if what we order is going to show up,” said Barrett’s Waterfront general manager Nathan Setera.
The shortages and delays, he said, are a long-term symptom of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to current supply-chain problems, with ships waiting at sea to unload containers at California ports.
He says the availability of everything from chicken and steak tips to beer has been hampered during the past year.
‘Every delivery we’re missing something’:Fall River restaurants hit hard by supply delays
Durfee’s Granite Grille about to launch
Starting next month, you’ll be able to eat a meal cooked and served entirely by B.M.C. Durfee High School students, at a restaurant inside the school run by its culinary program.
“The reverence that they have for their restaurant… they feel like they’re working in a five-star restaurant, because that’s who they’re learning under,” said Cindy Sylvia, the school’s director of Career, Vocational and Technical Education.
The Granite Grille, run through the school’s CVTE department, will open to customers in early November, serving breakfast and lunch. Eventually, Sylvia said, they aim to be open one night a week for dinner.
Last week, the restaurant did a “dress rehearsal,” serving its entire lunch menu to 20 Durfee staff members over two days. Students cooked every part of the meal and worked as the hosts and servers to seat and serve the school employees.
‘This is like a real job’:New restaurant will be run entirely by Durfee High students
Nor’easter rips through Greater Fall River
From downed trees, to unmoored boats to power outages, the Fall River area suffered the effects of a powerful nor’easter that hit the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. And area fire departments, emergency crews and power companies were kept busy for days as the region cleaned up in the aftermath.