Main Street Social hosting soft opening this weekend

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By Rachel Madison

After years of planning, preparing and building, Main Street Social is finally set to open its doors to the public on July 3 and 4 for a limited soft opening.

The food hall will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days and will be serving pizzas from its Cosmic Pizza food stall, beer and wine from its bar, and ice cream from Amy’s. The ice cream will be served on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The arcade and outdoor area will also be open to the public, and there will be live music both days. The Bethany Becker Band will perform from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Dean Peters will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Because of the crowds anticipated for the opening, Cosmic Pizza will be serving just three types of pizza: pepperoni and sausage; three cheese; and white pizza with spinach and basil pesto. The full menu at Cosmic Pizza will be served starting July 5.

Jason and Amber Dodge, the creative minds behind Mainstay Kitchen—and the Mainstay food truck that operated in the Main Street Social parking lot in 2020—are also the driving force behind Cosmic Pizza.

“We are mainly focused on Cosmic Pizza right now, because that’s the first stall that will open,” Jason Dodge said. “We are keeping everything very approachable. We have made various pizza doughs to find out what tastes the best. We are doing everything else in house, too, from making pizza sauce and basil pesto to grating cheese.”

The dough the Dodges are using comes from a starter Jason Dodge created with another chef 12 years ago, which he said makes the pizzas crispy and chewy all at the same time. After the soft opening, the pizza stall’s full menu will be available, including salads and gluten free options. All of the pizzas served will be 12-inch pizzas and can be made custom by customers or can be chosen off the house menu.

In the future, Jason Dodge said Cosmic Pizza will also make fresh mozzarella, focaccia sandwiches, strombolis and calzones. He also said they plan to experiment with pizza delivery down the road.

After Cosmic Pizza gets it footing, Amber Dodge said, the couple will turn their focus to their other food stall, Mainstay Kitchen. While they don’t have an exact opening date set yet, Jason Dodge said everything is coming together. Equipment was delivered this week, and a new pastry chef, Ethan Shedenhelm, will be coming in to make everything from cupcakes and chocolate desserts to homemade bread for sandwiches and hand pies.

“You will see some of the same things we did in the food truck, but we’ll also be able to do a lot more,” Amber Dodge added.

The other restaurants in the food hall, including Moonie’s Burger House, Coop to Coast and Udder Love Ice Cream, do not have opening dates set yet, but all are nearing completion and will open as soon as they are able.

“We are excited and we’re ready,” Amber Dodge said. “It’s going to be great to have a place where everyone has an opportunity to eat what they want.”

Main Street Social will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information and to stay updated, visit www.mainstreetsocial.com or visit Main Street Social on Facebook.

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