Meals on wheels
A new food truck park is rolling into San Antonio. StreetFare SA, owned by hospitality industry newcomer Dakota Day, will house six trucks along with a wine and beer bar, play area, and plenty of seating. The family-friendly park, located at 1916 Austin Hwy., is aiming for an early or mid-May opening.
General manager Robbie Dunn tells CultureMap that an open air pavilion outfitted with ceiling fans and flat-screen TVs will be the centerpiece of the operation. The space will be served by a bar converted from a more than 40-year-old vintage Airstream trailer and will serve draft and packaged beer, a curated wine selection, and non-alcoholic options like soda and bottled water.
On the other side of the property, a dog-friendly common area will feature a play set, space for yard games, and outdoor picnic tables shaded by cloth sails. Dunn says he imagines the park as a “restaurant with six different types of kitchens,” noting that unlike some other food truck parks that have been adapted from empty lots, StreetFare has been built from the ground up with its customers in mind.
Dunn is still waiting for the ink to dry on the vendor agreements before announcing the initial lineup, but he did share that the team has been scoping out potential occupants on an almost daily basis. The offerings will regularly rotate, giving customers something new to try every time they visit.
San Antonio food favorites will be well-represented, though patrons should expect many different options. “We want variety,” Dunn says, “and to have six different kinds of cuisine — not strictly burgers, not strictly tacos, not strictly anything.”
After considering several spots across town, Day and Dunn picked the area off Austin Highway for its convenience to several neighborhoods and proximity to major employers like Rackspace and Fort Sam Houston. Dunn, who grew up in the area, notes there has been a resurgence in the neighborhood in recent years.
Although the food trend has dampened nationwide, Dunn doesn’t see food truck parks dying in San Antonio anytime soon. “San Antonio is the last to the party in some respects,” he says. “We expect that the excitement about a new type of restaurant is going to carry us for a very long time.