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The Atlanta Food Truck Park to open this month

rendering courtesy of Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market

rendering courtesy of Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market

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.

In other food truck news:

  • Food trucks are venturing outside the perimeter with Food Truck Tuesdays at the Alpharetta Harry’s Farmers Market. Two or three food trucks, like Yumbii, will be available at the store each Tuesday from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. 1180 Upper Hembree Road, Roswell.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

33 comments Add your comment

tha dog

April 11th, 2012
1:54 pm

Actually, the unveiling is the 20th for those who were lucky enough to snag tickets to the event! Can’t wait to check it out! This should be a great addition to the neighborhood!

FoodFan

April 11th, 2012
2:24 pm

Glad to see that these businesses can finally have a home without being harrassed all the time about how close they have to be to an existing restaurant. Great idea and great for ATL

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jonnymack

April 11th, 2012
3:13 pm

Is that the old pink hotel? I’ll miss the easy access to crack but this seems a good use for the space. Traffic is a bit of a nightmare there but still should be a cool spot. Good luck!

BulldogBen

April 11th, 2012
3:20 pm

jonnymack, agreed on the traffic. I live over in that neighborhood and that part of the Howell Mill corridor is AWFUL during lunch hour. Hopefully they have a plan for parking and traffic. People heading East and trying to turn left there at Willy’s to get to the park could create a nightmare traffic scenario. Being able to get in and out easily will be a pretty big factor in the success of this I think.

Glad it’s opening though and hope it succeeds. I’ve already got my tickets for opening weekend (dinner). I will take all comers in cornhole.

PapaDoc

April 11th, 2012
3:26 pm

This is a great idea, and it will thrive. Good thinking.

Tyrone Biggums

April 11th, 2012
4:25 pm

Awesome idea!

Bunny

April 11th, 2012
4:26 pm

I’m glad that this is opening, but it does seem fishy that its opening RIGHT NEXT to Howell mill Food Park.

rob

April 11th, 2012
4:57 pm

they need a moonlighting cop to help traffic. it will be bad come summer time

reds

April 12th, 2012
8:27 am

This is exciting! :)

ick

April 12th, 2012
8:57 am

food trucks are just a fad, the first time someone gets sick or dies from eating their ‘unique food’ the problem will be finding a place to permanently park the trucks. Also thinking you can replicate success from Austin to Atlanta is naive at best. Atlanta is not a street food city, get all of the homeless and bums off the sidewalks in the business districts and then maybe.

Jed

April 12th, 2012
11:06 am

Boo traffic. Bad location. How about put a light in … wait! There’s one 10 yards away … to get onto the interstate. Great thinking guys, already NOT a fan.

Hmmm

April 12th, 2012
1:57 pm

Lorenzo

April 12th, 2012
5:16 pm

Fantastic–this is great for the Westside. However, I don’t really get the idea of a permanent food truck park. I’ve seen them in Austin, and they look fun, but why not just have an indoor or partially enclosed food court, with vendor stalls, sort of like Sweet Auburn market or the food courts in Asia? If you’re going to circle the food trucks and put out tables, isn’t a street food vendor food court the next step in the evolution of this kind of eating? The advantage of a food truck over a food court is that the truck can roam, but this advantage doesn’t exist to the extent that a group of trucks park themselves in one place semi-permanently. And people apparently don’t care. It sounds like what people really want is not food trucks but a food court.

Jeff

April 12th, 2012
5:20 pm

It just seems like a way to protect the restaurants

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SAWB

April 12th, 2012
11:46 pm

Doesn’t this kind of defeat the purpose of a food truck? If I’ve got to get in my car and drive anyway why would I choose to eat in a parking lot? The whole idea of a food truck is that I just walk outside my office for lunch and don’t have to drive. However, it is different and I guess we’ll see what happens.

Chuck

April 13th, 2012
12:46 am

I’m with Lorenzo and SAWB… huh? This just sounds like a really uncomfortable food court.

AX

April 13th, 2012
1:28 am

It’s not a food court because the trucks can *rotate*. Food courts require multi-year leases. Huge difference there.

Also, since food trucks require less investment/risk than a lease in a food court, we’ll get more experimentation and perhaps new options that will eventually migrate to food courts. If you want bourbon or honey glazed chicken, there are plenty of malls in the area.

Lorenzo

April 13th, 2012
1:43 pm

@AX: First of all, I’m not talking a mall food court–I mean a food court of the type they have in some Asian countries, where there’s a semi-enclosed building housing tiny stalls (probably about the same size as a food truck kitchen) that churn out food that both locals and food travel writers swoon over. Why should multi-year leases be a necessity? If the answer to why an actual food court of this type is more problematic than a circle of food trucks lies in license and health code regulations, then maybe the thing to do is work toward getting those to evolve some more, too. It seems clear from the evolution of food truck parks that the concept wants to further evolve into something more similar to a food court. The ability to rotate trucks is a valid point, but market forces will pare down the number of trucks at some point, and there will only be so many trucks that remain popular–probably not more than the number of vendors that a food court could accommodate. Just wait–we’ll see this happen in Austin long before Atlanta.

NSK

April 13th, 2012
2:11 pm

First, Lorenzo is right.

Second, my experience with food trucks (at arts center on Thursdays) is that the food quality is fair to poor, and prices are higher than the same item in a regular storefront establishment. I specifically recall actually throwing away hot dogs from Pup Truck after just two bites. I wouldn’t eat at a food truck outside my office, let alone drive somewhere to eat at a food truck.

The driving force behind this “let’s literally park the food trucks” movement is Atlanta’s fear of being overtaken by yet another trend. Let this one die when the hipsters realize their cupcake/korean bbq/doughnut/ice cream/asian fusion concept is actually icky foodservice, and they sell their trucks back to the carneys.

Baltisraul

April 14th, 2012
8:17 am

At first glance, I like the concept. Let it evolve and see where it takes them. The good trucks will survive and put pressure on the less worthy in order to compete. This has the “American Spirit” written all over it. I hope it evolves into something. It will be interesting to watch!!!!!!!!!!

julia

April 15th, 2012
7:31 pm

leave it to Atlanta, we seem incapable of a single original thought. we can and do however, take and copy what is being done elsewhere, whether it is suited for this city or not. and you can bet, what ever it is, we will mess it up royally.

Katz P. Ajamas

April 15th, 2012
7:52 pm

I’m with Lorenzo. There are food courts in Singapore that have hundreds of vendors. Imagine the Edgewood Ave curb market with 25 times the floor area for food vendors and the same area again for produce/meat/fish market. I would drive to that. The entire appeal of food trucks is having a constant variety within walking distance. Even if it’s only one truck at a time… if they change up every day or two… the variety is coming to me! IMO, there should be spots all over the city for the trucks to park provided they rotate and give equal time to anyone wanting to use the spot. Hot spots might have 200 different trucks over the course of a year! The variety is what makes it work.

Mark

April 15th, 2012
8:15 pm

There was never a zoning variance sign posted nor is there a building permit sign for site improvements. Howell Mill is a nightmare now for traffic. This is a horrible, horrible location. It will block traffic heading north and trying to turn left into the property, backing up the already bad exit off 1-75 north. Leaving the property, you’ll only be able to turn right. Anyone trying to turn left across two lanes that are backed up will create more chaos.

JS

April 15th, 2012
9:01 pm

Atlantans have an impressive ability to criticize and point out the reasons things won’t work or can’t be any good, rather than recognizing that people who live in other places have good ideas too. Austin and San Fran and other cities have found a great thing in mobile food vendors — why *shouldn’t* Atlanta join in? Just to spite them?

Grasshopper

April 16th, 2012
11:43 am

This seems so silly to me; drive to eat at a food truck park? And the location is abysmal. Traffic at lunch time there is already a nightmare; this will make it a soul-crushing nightmare.

Good luck!

Edward

April 17th, 2012
1:20 pm

I avoid Howell Mill at all costs simply because the traffic is so horrific. And it is also terrible to attempt to bike, walk, or MARTA there easily.

BulldogBen

April 17th, 2012
2:52 pm

JS, well said. Everybody’s a critic and opinions are like……well, you know…..

glovenyc

April 17th, 2012
5:19 pm

As a fairly recent transplant to Atlanta, one thing I notice about this wonderful city is that you guys find a thousand reasons to complain about everything…jeez louise give it a chance. Open your minds for once, life is more than your suburban, neatly manicured, strip mall, franchised big box, blah, blah, blah…blah blah blah…blah blah blah

Howell Mill Resident

April 18th, 2012
11:45 am

The entrance is not located on Howell Mill people, it is located off Emery St. Like glovenyc says, everyone here just likes to find reasons to complain about something good coming to our neighborhood. If you don’t want to come then great, we will be happy you are not there to find something to complain about i.e. the gravel and heat.