After months of parking outside of grocery stores and bars, food trucks finally have a home in Denton: the Austin Street Truck Stop.
Tonight, seven food trucks will be parked at the truck stop, at 208 N. Austin St., for the grand opening kick-off.
Now, the trucks will have a more permanent schedule and guaranteed electrical hookups to run the trucks. The lot for the food trucks was completed last week, said John Williams, who had the idea for the lot.
“They’re excited to have a place to set up shop and know that they’ll have electricity, and not need a generator or gas or anything like that,” Williams said.
Rachel Black, owner of the Waffle Wagon, said she anticipates business will improve since people will know where and when to find her without having to check a changing schedule every week. It will also allow the trucks to operate during more normal hours and attract different customers, she said.
“I think it’s going to be a really good community effort in Denton,” she said. “I think it’s going to bring a lot of families out since so far, the food trucks are mostly for the bar scene or special events.”
The park’s close proximity to the downtown Square will also be an added bonus, Williams said.
“Being one block off of the downtown area, I think it will do pretty well with the foot traffic as well as surrounding communities coming to Denton to check it out now,” he said.
For one of Denton’s first food trucks, the Pickled Carrot, owner Cuong Mai said he’s most excited about the variety of food that visitors will be able to get by stopping by and helping grow the food truck culture.
“We are hoping it’s going to be a destination for Denton,” he said. “It also gives an opportunity for multiple trucks to be out at once instead of scattered throughout the city, so it kind of gives the opportunity to bring your whole family or office out, and people can pick and choose what they want.”
Tonight’s event kicks off at 5 p.m. and will have the Pickled Carrot and Waffle Wagon, as well as Dough Boys Pizza Truck, Lean Machine, Flatlanders Taco Company, Shiitake Swerve Food Truck and Say Kimchi.
Pan Ector Industries will also do live T-shirt printing from 5 to 10 p.m., custom pressing designs of logos for Oak Street Drafthouse and Cocktail Parlor, East Side Social Club, Armadillo Ale Works and other Denton logos.
JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.