The Food Truck Court will debut at The Pour House this Saturday from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. Organizer Cory Burke of Roti Rolls says the weekly gathering will feature no fewer than two trucks. “There will be a maximum of 15 as it grows,” he adds. “We will try to keep it around 5-6 to start and see where it takes us.”
In addition to a rotating array of trucks parked in the same place, the Saturday afternoon Court will feature live music, drinks on the bar’s new deck and “family-fun activities” provided by Charleston Fun Factory, such as a jump castle and a mechanical bull.
“This has been a long time coming and we are stoked to be a part of it,” Burke says. “Our dream has always been to have a place for all the trucks to call home and be able to help one another promote, succeed, and have some fun.”
While food trucks are now common across the country, clusters of carts are relatively rare beyond the most truck-supportive cities. As late as 2011, Portland’s alt-weekly could justifiably claim “the prevalence of designed pods is still unique to Portland,” perhaps because pods require so much coordination and cooperation (the family-fun activities are optional.) But eaters who enjoy having a range of culinary choices love them.
According to Burke, “Eat Street”, which in 2011 materialized at the corner of Morris and Coming streets, “blew up quick and worked out very well for a few months. Unfortunately, we had to close it down because the owner wanted to use the lot for parking.”
There’s no set appearance schedule for The Food Truck Court; Burke says participation will depend on “who is available.”
“Alex (Harris, owner of The Pour House) and I have talked about doing something like this for a while, and I am very excited to see it come together,” Burke says. “As it grows, we will most likely add more vendors, purveyors and activities. We hope it becomes a space that is truly community -driven and supportive of all small, locally owned businesses.”