MEALS ON WHEELS
New food truck park and food hall revs up in Northeast San Antonio
When StreetFare SA unexpectedly shuttered in November 2022, many local food trucks were left without a place to park. Stephen Paprocki, the owner of The CO-OP SA, saw an opportunity to build community.
The local chef quickly sprung to action to invite the displaced businesses to operate at the Northeast Side culinary incubator, a collection of warehouses at Wurzbach Parkway and Crosswinds Way. To combat San Antonio's often harsh heat, he converted the former home of Islla St. Brewing into The Club House, a family friendly space with plentiful seating and games.
"I read about StreetFare closing in the paper and felt really bad for all those businesses," explains Paproki via a release. "My wife and business partner, Elizabeth Bolger Paprocki, suggested I reach out to them. I've been wanting to do something with the former microbrewery space we had on property, so I thought, hey, let's make something of this."
The food truck lineup offers diverse options for both omnivores and vegans. The current offerings include Bob & Timmys on Wheels (grilled pizzas and salads); Go Vegan San Antonio (plant-based eats), Crispy (fried chicken), Sauce's Southern Kitchen (Cajun and Creole cuisine), Malongdo Thai Food, Malik's Phillys Phamous Cheesesteaks, and Lumpia Hut Express (Filipino cuisine).
"Stephen really saved our lives!" says Chelsea Sanchez, co-owner of Bob & Timmys on Wheels, in the release. "It really means a lot to us that he came to our rescue, and we're very excited about our new home on the northside at The CO-OP."
To add to the fun, Brian Conaway of Powered By Plants, a maker of hemp-infused soft drinks and nonalcoholic spirits, decided to get in on the action with weekend bar pop-ups. The Margarita-style mocktails are made plain or with a choice of CBD tequila, rum, or gin.
Locals can visit The Club House Wednesday through Sunday, noon-8 pm. Still, they should check each truck's social media accounts for individual hours. The zero-proof bar runs Friday and Saturday, 5-8 pm.