MILLIGAN — If Evening with Friends served Coke instead of Pepsi, or if Stefanie Nichols hadn't bothered to listen to a proposal from someone in Denver then last Saturday may never have happened.
The restaurant was the catalyst for the Pepsi commercial and ensuing concert on Milligan's Main Street by country musician Lee Brice on Jan. 4, which attracted an estimated crowd of 3,000.
It was just before Christmas when Stefanie, who owns Evening with Friends with her husband Jon, took the call.
"They said, 'Do not hang up on us, we want to talk to you,' " Jon said. "She listened to what they had to say and they threw out this proposal that they wanted to do a big event in Milligan, for the small-town atmosphere, and we didn't know what it was for."