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INSIDE THE VENUE: CHOMP CHOMP

Chomp Chomp expects big business while hosting creators for festival

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Tucked in a sliver of real estate on East Adams Street sits Chomp Chomp, an esoteric food spot and vendor for One Spark 2014.

This year will be Chomp Chomp’s first year as a vendor for One Spark. Last year the gourmet spot was left just out of geographic range of being eligible, co-owner John Touchton said.

Chomp Chomp is a hotspot during Jacksonville’s monthly Art Walk event, but Touchton said the restaurant still got plenty of action and did more business during One Spark 2013 than it had ever done before.

“During One Spark it was literally like [an] Art Walk every day,” Touchton said.

This year Chomp Chomp will be a vendor, one with an interesting mix of creators scheduled to be on the sidewalk next to Burro Bar and Icon Boutique.

“One of them is a group of guys who are software developers and they are working on a POS (Point of Sale) system that they will be demonstrating outside,” Touchton said.

The second vendor is a “just for fun” match with a guy who designs life-guard-like chairs with TVs.

Touchton and the rest of the owners, including Ian Chase and Mark Lynn, are looking forward to new business for One Spark 2014 and their own chance to win $50,000 as a creator. The restaurant wants to bag their well-known curry potato chips to sell on a larger scale.

This story was reported by Ignite Media, an independent news bureau created by University of North Florida students.

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