Chow down at a new food truck park opening in East Dallas this spring

Courtesy Patrick Donlin.

The only thing better than a food truck is a food truck park, and that’s exactly what a resident is planning to open in the neighborhood this spring.

Chuckwagon Park opens at N. Hall St. 1716 in early March with three food trucks and plenty of outdoor seating.

The park is an brainchild of Lakewood Heights developer Patrick Donlin, who is saving homes from the wrecking ball by restoring them as rental properties. His company, Mr. D Real Estate Group, is on Hall Street next to the proposed food truck location. Donlin noticed the empty outside space and wanted to turn it into usable space for the neighborhood.

“Finding good things is tough with COVID, and outdoor seating is of paramount importance,” Donlin said. “But there isn’t a lot of space in Dallas for an outdoor venue. We had space in the office and wanted to have three or four restaurants in a socially distant outdoor area. “

His team contacted food truck vendors at Klyde Warren Park. Business had declined at lunchtime due to downsizing in the downtown offices and salespeople were open to operating in a residential area where customers could dine at night and on weekends.

Donlin is still finishing the food trucks, but says they’ll be selling a range of groceries, including sliders, barbecues, and hibachi.

“Every day we added to the idea and thought: ‘This will work. It’s going to be cool, ”said Donlin.

Photography courtesy of Patrick Donlin.

The park will be around 20,000 square meters and will accommodate 50 to 100 people, depending on how widely the guests are spread out. It will be decorated with recycled materials from Donlin’s other restoration projects. One such project produced 20 pews from a church in East Dallas that Donlin plans to move to Chuckwagon Park.

“We will use as much as possible for other purposes in order to preserve historical significance,” said Donlin. “We try to do this with all functions from the neighborhood and make them personality-oriented. IIt will be quirky and add to the neighborhood personality. That’s what we’ll go for. “

A local artist is scheduled to paint a mural in the Food Truck Park next week. Donlin also plans to host pop-up providers and performers in the future.

The park is named after the wagon in which food was once stored, transported and produced on cattle drives.

“It’s a cool thing that only exists in Texas and the West,” said Donlin. “Chuckwagons were the original food trucks.”

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