lakewood food truck park

lakewood food truck park

From food offerings to future plans, here’s everything you need to know about Lakewood food truck park.

If you go searching for a life-changing meal in Austin, Houston or Dallas, you’ll probably end up in a gravel parking lot surrounded by food trucks. Called food truck parks, these spaces democratize fine dining while providing a communal gathering space, which is exactly what Dan Deagan wanted to recreate by opening Lakewood Truck Park on June 19. “I went to this place just north of Dallas called Texas Truck Yard, and they probably had 300 people there eating from four food trucks on a Monday night,” says Deagan, who also owns Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar and Humble Wine Bar, both in Lakewood. “Everyone was having fun, and I just loved the vibe of it, and I thought this is something that Cleveland needs.” With two permanent bars, a 4,000-square-foot air-conditioned indoor structure, bathrooms instead of port-a-potties and more than a dozen flat screen TVs, Deagan’s Detroit Avenue park is a little less makeshift than some of Texas’ pop-up parking lot food courts. But nonetheless, the 12,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space finally brings the nationwide trend to Cleveland. Here’s everything you need to know about Lakewood’s newest food court.

More Food Trucks Options Are En Route.
Some diners who visited during opening weekend were disappointed to find just one food truck each day. Deagan blames that on short notice that the liquor license had transferred and each truck having to undergo a city-specific inspection. “The City Of Lakewood wants to make sure every truck is up to code,” says Deagan. “So far only 11 trucks have gone through that certification.” Deagan expects Lakewood food Truck Park to be at full capacity by next week with two to three trucks during the week, and three to four trucks on Friday and Saturday. In addition to Barrio, Rocco Whalen’s ShortRib1, SmashTime and The Original Steaks and Hoagies, which were parked during the first weekend, Deagan looks forward to welcoming Proper Pig Smokehouse, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, Smokin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll and more. “There’ll be different trucks, with some trucks during brunch and others pulling in around 3 or 4 p.m. for the evening shift,” he says. “We don’t want to have two barbecue trucks at the same time or two taco trucks at the same time. It’s really important for us to have different cuisines.”

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