City Introduces "Food Truck Row" Downtown [Updated]

Categories: Food Trucks

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Jennifer Silverberg
St. Louis food trucks will no longer have to battle for one of the precious few spots downtown that a) are legal parking spaces and b) don't infringe on the 200-foot "no-go zone" surrounding bricks-and-mortar restaurants. Beginning this week, the City of St. Louis is dedicating a block of parking spaces on 13th Street between Market and Chestnut as "Food Truck Row."

"We're hoping that this will allow food trucks to congregate in one spot [where] people will always to know to go," explains Kara Bowlin, press secretary to Mayor Francis G. Slay.

She adds that the city hopes "Food Truck Row" will also "take some of the pressure off downtown."

Bowlin believes that the location, near Soldiers' Memorial, the Peabody Opera House and City Hall, is ideal: "There's really not a ton of restaurants there." (She also notes that once St. Louis University moves its law school downtown, students and faculty will be only a block away from the trucks.)

Bowlin will work in concert with the St. Louis Food Truck Association to manage "Food Truck Row." Though she characterizes its first weeks of operation as a "soft opening," she says, "If this one works, it will be one of many.

"It's something the mayor supports."

Update: (Monday, July 9, 2:30 p.m.) I just checked with Kara Bowlin, and food trucks can still park elsewhere downtown, as dictated by the downtown vending zone map (see the "Cluster Truck" story below). Also, the original post had the wrong cross streets for the block of 13th: It's Market and Chestnut, not Chestnut and Pine.

Related:

"A Real Cluster Truck" (January 5, 2012)

"Food Truck Controversy Spreads Nationwide" (February 23, 2012)



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Egolterman
Egolterman

 Kiener Plaza is not our civic center. Anything to help bring back our real civic center west of Tucker is important because we are the only city that has not yet brought back its civic center and this has us at the bottom of the food chain and the travel chain.

Egolterman
Egolterman

Stopped at the one in the Plaza today near Soldiers Memorial. Quite good. Saw them setting up for another outdoor concert, the post-Fair St. Louis concerts. These are redundant. How about showing  Soldiers Memorial a little respect, let it heal, take the music inside the 5 venue Kiel Opera House which is air-conditioned. Oh, forgot the music is free, the idea is to sell beer and food, and to confirm what a hoosier town St. Louis has become. And it is a hot St. Louis.

Guesty McGuesterson
Guesty McGuesterson

I like the idea of food truck pods, which work really well in other locations. That said, this is a really inconvenient location for a lot of downtown workers, not to mention guests who are visiting the Arch, Stadium, and City Garden - they'll never see the food trucks all the way down here. We should let them pull right into Kiener Plaza.

Pablo Paul Weiss
Pablo Paul Weiss

Like the idea, but not west of Tucker where there is poor density of day time workers. Perhaps that street in the middle of City Gardens that is shut down to traffic would be closer to the customer base.

Harold Banks
Harold Banks

WTF?  It makes way more sense to put them in the blocked off block of 9th st in the center of the City Garden.  

Slayday
Slayday

So what you are telling me is i have to drive and or walk to a food truck whose only advantage was its mobile and often convenient location. Once again the powers that be in STL kick progress and the dream of a nice downtown square in the nuts.

Rick Myrick
Rick Myrick

Pretty much eliminates the need for food trucks to be mobile.

Beth Owen
Beth Owen

It will be great for us SLU Law students since they will be parked right outside our (new) door!

Brian
Brian

Food Truck Row is in addition to the other legal spots to park downtown. 

Andy The Nerd
Andy The Nerd

That's part of the reason I avoid downtown: it's neither vehicle-friendly nor pedestrian-friendly. Food trucks would help solve at least that second problem.

Andy The Nerd
Andy The Nerd

I would love to see this implemented around the Edward Jones dome. Anytime I've been there, I've had to walk all the way to the Culinaria for food, when I would gladly eat somewhere both closer and affordable.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Great, we can all drive to the food trucks. Because that was the point of mobil food in the first place-you go to the food. Wait, scratch that, reverse it.

D.j. Knight
D.j. Knight

I like this. If expanded & implemented well it could provide more lunch options in DT areas that aren't already well-served & possibly encourage growth.

D.j. Knight
D.j. Knight

I like this. If expanded & implemented well it could provide more lunch options in DT areas that aren't already well-served & possibly encourage growth.

Guest
Guest

 What downtown is "vehicle friendly"???

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