I mean, Pioneer Square has some great new restaurants. And its own farmers market. So it should come as no surprise that the neighborhood (specifically Occidental Park) is getting a food truck pod, too.
Trendiness factor aside, the neighborhood’s proximity to stadiums makes it a natural ground for food trucks. Also, there’s the fact that so many restaurants close their doors around 9 (and sometimes as early as 7). A pod, or a gathering of food trucks (sometimes the same, sometimes rotating) in a certain spot, seems like a great way to build on the momentum happening in Pioneer Square right now, and give nighttime visitors an alternative to getting hawasted—or something to soak up all that booze.
Ryan Reiter, the guy behind the upcoming Seattle Street Food Festival, says he’s working with the city of Seattle on what will be its first official food truck park. When it debuts (likely in June 2014), stop by Fridays, starting at 4 pm, and find as many as eight trucks gathered at Occidental Park. The plan: Cater to happy-hour crowds, all the way to night owls, since the trucks will be out until 2am. Trucks would also congregate for additional hours when the Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks are playing. "I love the idea of this being a permanent installation in the future as Pioneer Square begins to flourish," he says.
Other plans in the works include coordinating with local bars so patrons could bring in food truck fare (a setup common at local breweries) and maybe even a beer garden on game days. No word on specific trucks—and remember, this is still a year away so details could change—but stay tuned.