The Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market got off to a rolling start at its grand opening event on April 26, attracting a hearty crowd of 4000.
What was once a run-down, overgrown parking lot has been transformed into an al fresco dining experience resembling a laid-back picnic—from the multi-colored umbrellas to the handmade tables topped with mason jars full of wildflowers.
The park features up to 15 different food trucks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night dining (open until 11 p.m.). When it comes to the nosh itself, you'll find everything from Korean-style tacos at Yumbii to brisket and sweet potato soufflé at Sweet Auburn BBQ. We have a sweet spot for King of Pops, a darling popsicle cart serving up chic combinations like Lavender Milk and Honey and Chocolate Sea Salt. Better yet, they use local, seasonal ingredients in all of their pops.
When guests aren't chowing down, they are encouraged to play a game of corn hole on the AFTPM-personalized boards or bocce ball and horseshoes on the grassy field below.
You never would have guessed that childhood friends and business partners Howard Hsu and Brian Harvin signed a lease on the three-acre lot just six weeks earlier.
Hsu, a self-proclaimed “restaurant guy,” and Harvin, a purveyor of commercial real estate, were catering events out of Hsu’s Sweet Auburn BBQ food truck when they brainstormed the beginnings of a permanent food cart space. “As a member of the Atlanta food truck community, I recognized the challenge that our city’s food trucks face in finding consistent, popular locations that are also convenient,” Hsu said.
With hopes to increase exposure, drive business, and inspire street food concepts, the duo partnered with Hsu’s sister Anita to create the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market. Their goal was to create a colorful community-driven site featuring the best meals on wheels, live music, artist showcases, and a weekend farmer’s market.
We'll check in with them down the road, but in the meantime, we suggest you stop by the AFTPM and get a taste of the action. It's delicious.