Food trucks are becoming an ever larger part of Atlanta’s food scene. With the new Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market opening this month, you’ll have a permanent place to hit your favorites.
Atlanta Food Truck Park co-owner Howard Hsu, who owns the Sweet Auburn Barbecue food truck, says that his original intention was to buy property for his own place to set up. Yet, once he found the perfect spot at 1850 Howell Mill Road, the site of an old hotel, he realized it was too big for his use alone and decided to fashion a food truck park after those in Austin.
Hsu and partner Brian Harvin have rehabilitated the property, cleaning up debris and hiring professional landscapers. In addition to 2000 square feet of both covered and open-air dining, the park features 1.5 acres of green space with a playground, picnic area, bocce ball court and a lawn for movies and concerts.
Food trucks may number 10-15 for any given meal, with different trucks for lunch and dinner and possibly breakfast. Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Yumbii and Tex’s Tacos will be permanent vendors. Among those rotating into the park are Honeysuckle Gelato, Nana G.’s Chick-n-Waffles, Yum Yum Cupcake & More, The Fry Guy and King of Pops. (See the website for a full list of vendors and check the park’s Twitter feed or Facebook page for daily schedules.)
On the weekends, the park will also host the Howell Mill Farmers Market from 9 a.m .- 1 p.m. Vendors include Georgia Farm to Table, Hayden Grove Farms and MasLeon Cakes and Pastries. Others selling jewelry, antiques, clothing, art, novelty items and more will also set up shop at the market.
The park will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, currently scheduled for 11 a.m. – close. Onsite parking is available. The grand opening event is scheduled for Thursday, Apr. 26 from 5-10 p.m.
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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog