SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The gates to the Red Sox Grill at Salem Memorial Ballpark opened up Memorial Day weekend as the stadium-turned-curbside eatery started allowing customers to enter the park and enjoy a nice meal.
Previously, the Red Sox Grill was only giving out free meals to essential workers — such as healthcare workers, first responders, and grocery store employees — and they will continue to do that while following the Commonwealth’s social distancing guidelines.
However, as an extension to the recent Red Sox meals to-go program, the Red Sox Grill opens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for customers to park, enter the stadium, and enjoy ballpark favorites such as hot dogs, nachos, and much more.
“We haven’t even really been allowed to come to the ballpark unless we’re doing the food service. So, obviously the whole situation is unique, and no one was prepared for it, but we’re just happy that we’re able to turn it into something positive for us and the community. I mean, that’s really what we’re all about,” says Mike Ferrero, the Director of Food and Beverage at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
For Red Sox Grill head chef Dominic DiFrancesco, serving the community he loves has been amazing.
“We’ve had a blessing to be able to able to serve back our community. It all started out by what can we do to help the essential workers,” says DiFrancesco. “There was no real idea involved except making meals to get the essential workers some food, and the first weekend was astronomical.”
For Salem Red Sox season ticket holder Cherie St. Clair, the ballpark isn’t just a sporting venue. It stands for something greater.
“This place is home. This is summer and it’s not summer if you can’t be here at the stadium, and I don’t care if they have a game going on or not. I come in the winter when they have events here, and there’s no baseball then either. It’s just such a feeling of family,” says St. Clair.
As the Red Sox Grill continues to feed the community, many fans are grateful to the organization.
“The front office and the staff here at the Red Sox, you know, they’re being innovative and they’re being unique and they’re thinking outside the box in ways to help the fans,” explains patron Eric Sichau.
Even though the baseball field may be empty, the community continues to make sure that their ballpark stays full. For more information on Red Sox Grill and for full menu options, visit SalemSox.com or check out the Salem Red Sox’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.