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Bravas food truck returns a part of the Fairfield Fall Festival, bringing the south side community together

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The pandemic has forced many businesses to close, including the famous Fort Wayne burger and hot dog spot called Bravas. This weekend, the Bravas food truck returned a part of the Fairfield Fall Festival.

This is the first time the food truck has been open since the restaurant front closed in July. The owner told Fort Wayne's NBC on their closing day, the pandemic has caused them a lot of stress and it was time they took a break.

The first person in line Saturday was Dalyn Johnson. He says he arrived at 11:30 in the morning, hours before the food truck began serving.

"You know just because we've adapted to the new normal now, but for them this was their everything," Johnson said. "To be able to give them means to provide for their families again is awesome."

Johnson says biting into a Bravas hot dog is an experience unlike any other, but most importantly he is excited to help a local business during this time of the pandemic.

Bravas wasn't the only thing happening on the block Saturday. The Fairfield Fall Festival brought a live graffiti art installation, performances by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Players Association, local businesses vendors, a car show and even a Halloween movie screening.

"Seeing everyone put aside their difference and just love each other," Organizer Darren Lapsley said. "Driving unity and bringing everyone together on the south side of town."

The festival was hosted by Wunderkammer Company, Growing Minds LLC, Bravas and more. Lapsley says seeing everyone in his community come together with this event made him feel emotional.

"I live on the south side of town and that's the part that needs the most color," Artist Francisco Reyes said. "I live on the southeast side and I'm like I"m gonna bring you in, we're gonna set this up."

Reyes says he helped coordinate the artists a part of the festival. He says it's important to bring color and art to different parts of the city.

You can find more information about the Fairfield Fall Festival here.

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Karli VanCleave

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