Flint businesses preparing for â??Back to the Bricksâ?? crowds

The 501 Bar and Grill on Saginaw Street in Flint is preparing for Back to the Bricks customers.

Back to the Bricks officially kicks off on Tuesday morning and local business owners say they are ready for the additional customers.

Businesses like 501 Bar and Grill on Saginaw Street say the car show festival is the most important event for the entire year. Back to the Bricks more than quadruples business compared with a normal weekend. The restaurant says it is bringing in extra employees and will be ready to feed hungry visitors.

"Prepping enough food for the occasion, making sure that we're completely stocked up on all products...we add a lot of seats, we extend the patio out," said General Manager Adam Lock.

Café Rhema is also getting ready for cars and visitors to fill Saginaw Street. Workers say they have been looking forward to the event.

"I love meeting people, hearing their stories, where they're from, those sorts of things. There's always a little bit of trepidation hoping you can handle the crowds and the rush," said Jacob Huber a Barista who will be working during the event.

Many residents hope Back to Bricks helps people see the growth in new businesses downtown.

The event kicks off Tuesday with a free open house at the GM Flint Assembly plant on Van Slyke from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.