Food Truck Friday to mobilize downtown Grand Junction
WHAT: Food Truck Fridays
WHEN: Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
WHERE: First and third Fridays at corner of Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue; second and fourth Fridays at St. Kathryn Cellars (785 Elberta Ave., Palisade)
When Karen Mahoney lived in California, food trucks — mobile restaurants that popped up at events and street corners — just seemed commonplace. After moving to Grand Junction five years ago, however, she saw a big need for mobile beverage stands at local events like soccer games.
To fill the void, Mahoney began Sip Mobile Coffee this year, and she’s been popping up at farmers’ markets, Canyon View Park, or a variety of other outdoor events.
“It’s funny because people think it’s genius to have a coffee truck,” Mahoney said, so she “took the idea and ran with it.”
Basking in the success of her primary coffee business, Mahoney recently stepped it up another notch by joining forces with several other food trucks to host Grand Valley’s inaugural Food Truck Friday. The first event is set for Friday, Sept. 5, from 5-9 p.m. at the corner of Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue.
According to Mahoney, seven food truck vendors will set up shop and provide drinks, dinner and dessert including Craving, Sip Mobile Coffee, Dale’s BBQ, Gelu Italian Ice, ‘Ganic Grub, Sassy Q’s, and Duncan’s Gourmet Street Food.
“It’s a social place for people to come out and try new things,” she said. “It also adds a variety of options for people to still be able to eat with each other.”
Food Truck Fridays will continue each Friday following the Sept. 5 event. Trucks will be set up in downtown Grand Junction on the first and third Fridays of the month. Then St. Kathryn Cellars (785 Elberta Ave., Palisade) will host trucks on the second and fourth Fridays.
Mahoney hopes to venture to Fruita as well with a goal to circle the whole valley on a weekly basis.
“Many of us run the trucks as the primary business and want to run more than just on Saturday and Sunday at local events,” she explained.
Each truck participating will bring tables and chairs for customers to sit and enjoy their meals.
For more information, visit http://www.foodtrucksin.com. Also find the trucks on Facebook to see where it will be next.
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