RANSON, W.Va. - The grand opening for a California Tortilla was held Thursday. Everyone who came out received a free burrito as part of the celebration, and the first 20 people in line received free burritos for an entire year. Some even came out and camped overnight for the occasion.
"Originally, we just had chairs and umbrellas," said Dakota Puckett, the store's first customer who later had to purchase a tent at a nearby Walmart because of the rain. "We've been here about 17 to 18 hours."
Mayor David Hamill also made an appearance and showed his support by cutting the burrito tape, and creating the stores very first burrito. Owners Viral and Sandeep Singh were anxious to get their store opened, and were happy with the results."It's been almost a year in the making, so we didn't know what the turn out was going to be," said Sandeep Singh. "We've been out there pushing our social media, and what we saw was amazing."
The brothers were also amazed at the loyal customers who braved the bad weather in order to get their free burritos for a year."At 7 p.m. [Wednesday] there were people outside camping out," Singh added. "We saw a black cloud just come over them."
"He literally ran to Walmart with me, and we bought a tent for 30 bucks to camp out in," said Sam Thomas, who bought the tent with Puckett. "It was awesome."
"As we've seen from the crowd this year, it's somewhat exciting to say the least," said Mayor Hamill. "I think in the 28 years that I've been the mayor, this is probably one of the biggest events that I've seen."