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Antonio Nunez Scott Commings Taking it to the Streets By Aly Wagonseller T here’s something brewing on the last Friday of every month in the Downtown Henderson Water Street District. A place that’s synony- mous with small town living, it’s the hub of Last Friday: Taking it to Water Street, a new festival intended to get people off the couch and into the community to enjoy live music, food by critically acclaimed chefs, art and a variety of family friendly shenanigans, all while supporting local businesses and charities. Having traveled extensively for his job, Nunez was exposed to other “big city” events that inspired him to take action in his own town. “Traveling for my career while raising a family, I was lucky to attend city sponsored events in places like Denver, Phoenix and Chicago that my family enjoyed going to. I wanted to recreate the feel of these events here, in the hometown that I love. I know we are an adult vacation town, but what about the fami- lies that live here? This is a town that wants a strong community; we just need to give them the space to do so!” October/November 2017 The brainchild of local chef and entrepreneur Antonio Nunez, the premise is a simple one– bring the past back to the future, connecting peo- ple, businesses and culture in a face to face set- ting that more and more of us are craving. “Having been born and raised in the valley, there weren’t many family events or festivals other than your typical carnival,” said the seasoned professional who’s helped open several restau- rants, including Brooklyn Bowl, Morton’s The Steak House, Le Cirque/Circo, STK and Primos, as well as conceptualized and designed the wildly popular Kitchen Table restaurant located in Henderson. “My mom and family were raised in Henderson and all I heard was the throw back memories of how it used to be. I wanted to recre- ate the Water Street of the past; a place where families lined up and down the street for parades, interacting with one another and get- ting involved in their community.” 47