Seattle has a lot of cool stuff going for it, but there are a few areas in which Portland has been way ahead of us: mass transit, hipsters with lumberjack beards, and food trucks. Well we’re making some progress on at least one of those fronts, because a park for food trucks and local beer is about to open in Ballard. A longtime Seattle bar and restaurant guy named Steve Katsandres is behind the project; here’s the scoop from Seattle Met:
Ballard Bites & Brew is essentially a beer garden mated with a food truck pod. Katsandres is transforming a vacant lot at 1502 NW 50th Street (in the thick of Ballard’s brewery zone) into a parklike space where local drafts will flow and food trucks will take up regular positions—four at a time, rotating in and out by day and night.
Currently Seattle food trucks set up camp in pods (variety, but no seating) or outside a specific establishment, like a brewery (seating and beer, but just one truck at a time). Theoretically the Bites and Brew setup fuses the best of these two worlds: ample seating, beer, variety…and bathrooms. A building dubbed the “draft shack” will house eight taps and a variety of canned beers, while the other side of the building will dispense drive-thru espresso and breakfast sandwiches in the morning. There will be a stage for live music; Katsandres uses the term “park” to describe his creation because he wants it to have a family friendly, neighborhood vibe to it.
Well this just sounds great. Park-like setting, family friendly, lots of seating and fresh local beers . . . They’re shooting for an April opening, depending on when they can sort out all the permits with the city. Read the full story at Seattle Met. And you can stay on top of Ballard Bites & Brew’s progress on their Facebook page.