It's surreal. It leaves you speechless." Krystal Robinson, owner of Taste and See, a new fruit and veggie bar located inside the Flagship City Food Hall in Downtown Erie.

Three years ago the restaurant started as just an idea. “I knew Taste and See had to be in Downtown Erie, where Gannon, Erie Insurance, our hospitals, working professionals could have access to food that will fuel their bodies,” Robinson said.

Now that the Flagship City Food Hall is finally open, Taste and See is a reality, as are 8 other new restaurants.

The Erie Downtown Development Corporation says this has been a long time coming.

“It's been several years. It's been a long process, but we're really happy with the way things went," EDDC’s Food and Beverage Director.

The EDDC says this project is all part of their efforts to breathe life into Downtown Erie. The organization could only think of one thing that would unite the entire community.

"We talked a lot about what brings everyone together, and you can't go wrong with food," said Inscho.

The goal is also to highlight culinary diversity in our community.

"For me, having a Dominican restaurant here is great because it's bringing my roots, where I'm from to Erie,” said Dina Csir. She’s the owner of Dina’s Authentic Dominican Kitchen, one of the only spots in town to get authentic empanadas and Central American cuisine.

For her, this restaurant is all about sharing her culture and giving local Dominican people a spot to feel at home. "Erie really needed this to bring family and community together."