It's Coming Up Cupcakes: The Shape (and Taste!) of Things to Come on Lower Greenville

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Lakewooder
The scene on Lower Greenville last night
Last night, good Friend of Unfair Park Lakewooder sent the photo you see at right -- a couple of food trucks parked in the lot where once the Arcadia proudly stood till it was claimed by fire in June 2006. He asked of this mobile food court: "Is this a precursor of things to come?" Why, yes, as a matter of fact. When I spoke with council member Angela Hunt last night, she referred to it as "a prelude of things to come."

When we spoke, Hunt was actually on her way home from a meeting hosted by Marc and Roger Andres -- a recap of which she posted to her website shortly after midnight this morning beneath the headline "Change is Just Around the Corner for Lower Greenville." Said Hunt last night and again this morning, the food trucks were rolled in for a jam-packed reception, also featuring Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano, during which retail and restaurant brokers were given a look at the "new look" Lower Greenville: "It was really an opportunity for them to hear about the great things coming to Lower Greenville."

Chief among them, she says: Trailercakes's PB&J cupcake ("awesome") and the RV (a red velvet-cream cheese offering the council member says is "to die for"). So there's that.

Hunt writes this morning that Madison Partners' Jonathon Hetzel told the assembled 50-or-so that "the city had just given them the green light to move forward on their plans for an outdoor eatery trailer park at the old Arcadia site," and that "construction on that should begin in a couple of months." She told Unfair Park last night that they won't need to go through the City Plan Commission for approval, unless "a truck wants an SUP for alcohol service, so they're gonna get rockin' and rollin' in just a few months."
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Design Pr
Design Pr

i've had the good luck trucks food and it was great. loved the chicken waffles.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

Whatever you do, DO NOT say "to die for" to the gang members who ruined Lower Greenville.

Not moving to Austin!
Not moving to Austin!

c'mon people!! support this! the final look of the site is a little much (and, sigh, typical dallas), but i hope it becomes a success.

don't make me move to Austin because, i DON'T WANT TO!!!

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

So, this means that Madison has abandoned its organic grocer/green building plan for that site?

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

The comments to this thread will prove why Dallas sucks

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print. Things are going to start happening to me now.

mediawonk
mediawonk

I got to visit the food trailer park with Torchy's, etc. in Austin for the first time last month, and it was great. I hope they can generate a similar vibe (and quality of food) at this one.

TimCov
TimCov

When I saw the picture, I thought they were going to be putting in a trailer park on lower Greenville. It is good to know that day laborers (and others) will now have places to eat on lower Greenville.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Now, if only the city would make it easier to get permitted for mobile food trucks and actually help out small businesses to grow, then I would consider this success. Elsewise, this is just a baby step in the right direction..

schwinning!
schwinning!

funny. and accurate. christ, you'd think they would've had MORE interest in rebuilding the arcadia. sheeez!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Lets not look at what might have been....

Its more fun to look at what might be .

LowerGreenvilleNeighbor
LowerGreenvilleNeighbor

Why don't you get out of your house sometime and go to ANY other city. Food trucks are huge business. Dallas is only about a decade behind this trend. Enjoy the view from the back of the line when this takes off.

Coleman
Coleman

Psssh whatever, best gyro I've ever had came out of a foodtruck.

Amy
Amy

Go to Austin. Or San Francisco. Or LA. Or turn on that food truck race television show. The days of food trucks being a food option for day laborers are behind you. It is now a relatively affordable way to get a restaurant business off the ground. Most are gourmet food. In fact, the chef from Odd Duck in Austin was nominated for the SW division Good and Wine chef of the year.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Tim, This is slightly more "upscale" than the taco truck/roach coach you see parking on a worksite.

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