Considering the growing popularity of food truck culture in the Houston scene (and the City of Houston's inability to revise ordinances that restrict their operations in downtown), it was only a matter of time before someone followed in the footsteps of Austin entrepreneurs to create a food truck park where all could exist in harmony.
And so it goes: Houston Food Park will make its debut at 1504 St. Emanuel St. with a grand opening event beginning at 3 p.m. on June 22, just in time for the official start of summer. Expect Yummy'z Kitchen, Coreanos, POCKet to Me and Betton's Comfort Food to be among the mobile eateries serving up treats at the event.
Owners Jack Gillett, Tirzo Ponce and Miguel Villegas tell 29-95 that they can accommodate eight or nine food trucks at a time on the parking lot beside the former Meridian Club, which may eventually be converted into a concert venue with a rooftop bar, according to Swamplot.
The owners also plan to utilize a nearby parking lot to expand food truck capacity to as many as 20 during monthly special events, like tailgating for Houston Texans away games, as well as a Retro Fest and a Beyond the Black Top street food bazaar (which are already in the works).
"We want to bring an urban festival scene to the city," Ponce said. "We want to celebrate arts, food and music in a setting that reflects Houston as the melting pot it is."
Let's hope that there won't be any actual melting beginning on Monday, June 24, when the park will begin lunch service day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.