Friday, December 14, 2012
New food truck park open 7 days a week debuts in Fort Worth on Saturday
The owners hope the consistency will help draw more customers.
FORT WORTH A year in the making, Clearfork Food Park rolls out lunch and dinner in Fort Worth on Saturday. The food park is situated on the Trinity Trail and close to Texas Christian University, and it's the only one in Fort Worth that will be open every day.
"We saw a lot of issues with food parks being inconsistent with hours," said co-owner Kendall Carew, 23, who graduated from TCU in May. "We'll be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner -- and hopefully someday for breakfast."
It joins a competitive food truck market in DFW. Two other food parks exist in Fort Worth already: Fort Worth Food Park, opened in December 2011; and Cowtown Chow Down, which opened in mid-2012 and is closed this winter. Carew said he hopes Clearfork has competitive advantages that make it sustainable.
Located at 1541 Merrimac Circle in Fort Worth, it will have a permanent bar run by Fred's Texas Cafe, with a covered patio on the side of the trail. Runners (or those who enjoy watching runners) can perch on the barstools and order alcohol or a drink from the juice bar. The park also has permanent bathrooms and a stage for live music.
There's room for eight food trucks. After some trucks received bad press for lack of cleanliness, Carew said Clearfork will be strict on regulations. "I think it's needed in Dallas and Fort Worth to hold the food truck industry more accountable," he said. "The majority of food truck owners are very clean and are doing what's right by going to the commissary. We're requiring them to do that as well before they can sign up with us." Participating trucks will have to inform Carew's crew where their commissary is and keep their log books inside the truck at all times, proving when they've stopped in.
Being open seven days a week could be a challenge, but Carew said it's worth trying. "It's definitely something that's new and unproven," he said. "We've tried to learn from [other parks'] mistakes."
Consider Saturday's opening a soft launch while they work a few kinks out, Carew said.
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.
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