The Spatuzzi family are frequent visitors to Moe’s Southwest Grill in New Hartford.
But Wednesday, family members shifted their allegiance to North Utica. Mark and Brie Spatuzzi and their sons Nathan, 4, and Andrew, 3, were third in line for the official grand opening of Moe’s.
“It’s a good party. The food is fresh,” Mark Spatuzzi said.
Those who came to Moe’s — and there were many — received all-you-can-eat food and free frozen yogurt at Hoopla, which also opened Wednesday, for $10. All proceeds went toward the 2014 graduating class of Thomas R. Proctor High School.
Proctor student Allie Aceto said they were hoping to raise $3,500 by the end of the night. The money will go toward their prom and winter ball.
Scott Searles, operating partner for Moe’s, said they expected to serve 400 to 500 people. He described the energy of the grand opening as “electric.” The event also featured face painting and a magician.
Marcy resident Christina Wendell attended with her son, Joseph Wendell.
“I got a phone call from a friend saying we’re all here at Moe’s,” she said. “I said, ‘OK, I’m coming.’”