Jason Crabb brought an interesting taste of guitar-driven gospel music to the Park Theater on Friday night, or maybe that was the buffet.
Crabb was the featured entertainer for Park Theater’s first Dinner and a Show with Collins River BBQ providing an upscale buffet meal.
“We’ll match the menu to the concert,” said Collins River BBQ owner Joe O’Neal. “If it’s a country band, we might serve BBQ. The menu will change every time.”
Friday was more of an elegant offering with hickory smoked beef brisket, blackened chicken breast, and a steak entrée called cowboy lollipops.
“My birthday is Sunday and I’m here celebrating,” said Mary Tollison, who said her granddaughter bought her tickets to Dinner and a Show. “It’s been a nice evening and I think it’s one of the greatest things to happen to McMinnville. We need more places where people can come for entertainment, good family entertainment.”
Mary Koelbl agreed, saying it was her mother, Nancy Stubblefield, who bought the tickets and invited her.
“Dinner was delicious,”Koelbl said. “This was all my mom’s idea and I’m glad she invited me.”
Park Theater manager Kevin Roberts said the plan is to offer the dinner option before a number of shows each year. However seating is limited.
Roberts said all eight tables sold out for Friday’s show. He said he would like to squeeze in a few smaller tables just for couples to make a romantic date night.
“We’ll keep doing this, and see what the sales are and if people stay interested,” said Roberts. “I think it’s a really nice atmosphere and it’s great food.”
Roberts said the Jason Crabb concert was a sellout of 378 tickets. Former Confederate Railroad frontman Cody McCarver opened the show.
The next Park Theater show is May 13 when comedian T.C. Cope performs. The previous two comedians to perform at Park Theater, Killer Beaz and James Gregory, have both been sell-outs.