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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bill Murray, Mike Veeck, and Brad Creger's Food Truck-O-Rama is happening

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM

click to enlarge 2130 Mt. Pleasant St. is the future site of Food Truck-O-Rama - GOOGLE MAPS
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Inquiring minds, we have your answer: Food Truck-O-Rama is a go. Since first reporting on partners Bill Murray, Mike Veeck, and Brad Creger's proposed bar/food truck hitching station last April, details on the 2130 Mt. Pleasant St. project have been scant. Until now. Yesterday Creger and director of operations Constantine Mouzakitis took me on a tour of the lot and suffice it to say, we're talking more than a glorified food truck rodeo.

Picture, if you will, an outdoor fenced-in food court with an adjoining second story bar in a retrofitted shipping container. To the left will be an area for food trucks to pull up and park, and on the right and behind the building will be parking. Inside, Food Truck-O-Rama (a working title, mind you) will serve cocktails and host live musicians. 

"We'll also have a space for stationary food vendors, like a sous chef or someone at a restaurant who wants to come in and prepare something new on their own," says Mouzakitis. 

The idea from the start has been to offer food truck lovers the amenities they typically can't get — shade, bathrooms, alcohol — at a traditional truck parking spot, while giving vendors water access and a power source so they don't have to run their generators.

"We're working with the food truck community to come up with a mutually beneficial plan so they can succeed selling food here," explains Creger. "That will include a full calendar on our site of days when each will be here." Mouzakitis adds that the plan is to make sure the right food truck aligns with the right time of day. "For example, I don't think you want to eat hot brothy ramen at noon in July," Mouzakitis says. 

Food Truck-O-Rama is all part of a bigger project for the business partners, who also own Rutledge Cab Co. Eventually they'll own 2 acres of land on the corner of Mt. Pleasant Street and Rutledge Avenue and they plan to make the area into a neighborhood entertainment hub. The back portion of the land on Weaver Street will be predominantly parking with a possible cafe in a former house, while the Mt. Pleasant Street side will include the three-unit cinderblock apartment building at 2132 Mt. Pleasant St. 
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"Those may become artist studios, a banquet space, possibly a yoga studio upstairs," says Creger. He adds that Food Truck-O-Rama is a continuation of what the partners started with Rutledge Cab Co. three years ago. "We're casual but food driven and this is an extension of that," Creger says.

If all goes according to plan, Food Truck-O-Rama will break ground this coming spring. 

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