New Plans For Food Truck Court In Midtown

Tuesday, April 8th 2014, 6:16 pm
By: News 9

A new food truck court is being planned for the Midtown area and truck owners are excited about the idea to share their unique food with more people.

The empty lot sits at N.W. 10th St. and Harvey, but if everything goes according to plan, it will be transformed by mid-summer and open for business.

Food trucks are not a new invention, but during the last five years, the popularity of the mobile restaurants has exploded in the Oklahoma City metro area.

"It's turned into where it's really good food. It's more of a gourmet type food," said Larry Starns, owner of The Smokin' Okies. "We're not the only ones but the food trucks that are out there are really good at what they do."

Starns supports the vision of a food truck court, and plans for one are coming close to reality in OKC. Pending approval from the Downtown Design Review Committee, organizer Hunter Wheat believes the Bleu Garten will be an opportunity to grow small business.

"Right now banks and getting financing for opening up a brick and mortar restaurant, unless you know a lot of people isn't really possible these days," explained Wheat. "But the food truck kind of allows a way to break though the barrier for innovative chefs and you see a lot of creative food."

Wheat said that the number of food trucks in other cities doubled after similar parks opened up there. Truck owners, like Starns, see the Bleu Garten as an opportunity to grow their businesses too.

"Everybody can go and have a variety of food. If they want to come by and get a sample of what we have and a sample of what some of the others have. Then all of a sudden it's like wow a smorgasbord."

In addition to the food trucks, Bleu Garten will serve as a community gathering space showing movies and hosting events like workout groups and art shows.