The Turtleback Tap & Grill will celebrate it’s first anniversary in Fall River with giveaways and prizes on March 3. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: Time flies when one is busy. And that’s been the case for Turtleback Tap & Grill co-owners Jaro Schubert and Darren Scott.

On March 3, the business on Highway 2—something that was much sought after in the community—will celebrate it’s first anniversary.

“It’s been quite the journey,” said Schubert, sitting at the bar as servers worked away at the tables with customers. “Time flew by real fast. I can’t believe it’s been one year already. We’ve had huge support from the community.

“We’re very excited to be here and excited to celebrate our first anniversary.”

He said there were a lot of unknowns as they went to open Turtleback, but the business was something that was needed for Fall River. They have about 20 employees, most from the Fall River and surrounding community.

“We were confident we could succeed and provide food and drinks. The atmosphere that we have done so far, enclosing the patio, has been attractive to the locals,” he said.

Schubert said there will be plenty of activities on March 3 to recognize the first year in business. That includes a musical performance from Sackville’s Jon Cyr, who was also there a year ago when they officially opened.

“Even though it’s not our official day of opening, but we wanted to have it on the weekend as we opened March 1,” he said. “Jon Cyr is coming back. We’re excited he can join us.

“We’re going to have some great food and drinks. It’s a customer appreciation event so there will be lots of giveaways and free food and free booze. Hopefully the community will come together and celebrate with us.”

He said there have been slow times, such as November to February but that is expected in the industry.

Schubert said there been more highs than lows.

“All of the highs kind of overshadow any of the lows if we have any,” he said.

He said the Turtleback has become a familiar stop for many.

“There’s a lot of people who come here on a weekly, almost daily basis,” said Schubert. “There’s a lot that are happy they don’t have to drive out of the community for something like this. People are excited.”

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details on their first year anniversary specials and prize giveaways.

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