Local business owners renovate Manning Field concession stand

Local business owners renovate Manning Field concession stand

Workers for DiFilippo Construction paint final coats at the Manning Field concession stand in Scituate free of charge. Owner Chris DiFilippo said he did it as a way to give back to the community where he grew up and lives and raises his family. From left are Jared Parillo, Chris DiFilippo and Dustin Harrington. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – The concession stand at Manning Field is now ready for a new season thanks to the generosity of two Scituate business owners, according to Scituate Boosters member Danielle Fians.

Fians said the 10-year-old Booster “shack,” which has sat unused since 2019, was in a state of disrepair and hadn’t been deep cleaned in at least five years. Inside, she said, soda cans had exploded, food had expired and mice got into the items, leaving it in a poor state.

Last month, Fians put out a request on Facebook for quotes to fix up the shack. Kevin Lang of Clean Works Restoration and Christopher DiFilippo of DiFilippo Construction both responded and, after a quick meeting, agreed to do the job free of charge. Both are Scituate residents and Scituate High School alumni.

“Without hesitation, they generously agreed to donate their time, expertise and labor to clean, sanitize and restore the Booster shack as a way to say thank you for their experience at Scituate High and give back to our community,” Fians said.

DiFilippo said Lang gave the inside of the concession stand and appliances a thorough cleaning while he took care of the building work, painting and fixing a water-damaged section of the stand and the door. The two went to high school, he explained, and played together on the school’s hockey team. He said they often work together on projects.

DiFilippo said his children now attend Scituate schools, and he was happy to help the district.

“We thought of it as a quick and easy way to give back to the community that has given so much to us,” he said.

Fians said the Boosters are looking forward to opening up the shack for the spring season and using it to host the annual SPARTY, a party for Scituate High School athletes, in May.

She added she’s excited to get the concession stand back in use now that the Rhode Island Interscholastic League is allowing spectators at outdoor sports and Scituate athletes will be able to bring two adults and one sibling to attend games.

Still, she said, the shack will be running at half-mast, and will only serve pre-packaged items due to COVID-19 concerns.

“Unfortunately, we can’t cook right now. It’s just going to be open so the teams know we’re there and we support them and for parents to come down and grab a quick snack or drink,” she said.