Salt Lake City's first permanent food truck park opens soon

Get ready, Salt Lake City is joining the ranks of food truck park destinations alongside Portland and Austin.

Salt Lake City's first permanent food truck park opens soon

Salt Lake City residents have a deep affection for food trucks, from morning to night, satisfying their cravings for all types of cuisine.

The brainchild of Danny Cheng and Frank Granato, Salt Lake City's inaugural food truck park is set to open its doors. Cheng expressed his motivation, saying, "It just surprised me — food trucks would close down for 3 or 4 months out of the year just in Salt Lake City because the weather wouldn't permit, so I always wanted to do this concept."

Their innovative approach aims to provide a platform for those who can't afford the expenses of a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant. Granato explained, "A lot of people can't afford to go out and open a brick and mortar and take on the overhead of what it costs these days. Being able to split the cost with our commissary inside and allow them to serve out here is kind of a 'help me to help you' situation."

Currently, the lot at 1391 S. 300 West in Salt Lake City is merely a parking space, but on October 7, it will be transformed into a bustling hub of culinary delights from mobile eateries.

Cheng outlined their vision, "We envision right in this area: probably three food trucks along the outside, have a place for people to come in, grab food, head over to the indoor or patio seating." Concerns about inclement weather are met with preparation, as Cheng explained, "Once in the wintertime they can start coming in here, we're going to have tables, chairs. It's almost going to become like a little food cart basically built for food trucks."

With the soft opening scheduled for October 7, there's palpable excitement in the Ballpark neighborhood about this innovative culinary concept. Granato encouraged locals to revisit the area, saying, "People avoided 3rd West for so many years because of construction, but it's beautiful. So come back down and see what we have to offer."

Here's a preview of some food trucks that may be featured at the park:

  • Silvermoon Taqueria
  • El Rancho Grande
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Blacks Sliders
  • Slopeside BBQ
  • Salt Lake Sandwich Co.
  • Over the Coles BBQ
  • Taste of the South
  • Shylos
  • Le’Crepe
  • Kronos Cafe
  • Skillets
  • Hangry
  • Grumpys
  • Makams
  • Dawgs n Leenks
  • Detroit Dan Coney Island

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