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Food truck news: preview of Fly-By Food Park in Dallas

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Posted 9:45am on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013

Last night was the first of four nights of previews for Dallas’ new Fly-By Food Park. This food truck park, operated by U.S. Food Trucks, is located on the corner of Maple and Mockingbird, catty-corner from Love Field.

When I drove by the location earlier in the week, I wasn’t sure how this site would work for a food truck park, but after seeing it in operation and talking to the US Food Trucks staff about enhancements they have and will continue to make, I see real potential for this park.

The property has a paved lot and a building that looks as though its original purpose was a gas station. Both are bigger than they look when just passing by. The paved lot could easily have room for 10 trucks, if the park decided to have a large-scale event. Last night there were three hot trucks, a dessert truck and a music truck, and there was plenty of room for tables and people to stand and to walk.

The building is air-conditioned and has two large rooms with tables and chairs, so that people can eat without being affected by the weather. The center of the building is a bar area. During preview weekends, U.S. Food Trucks will be serving free beer to those over 21. In the future, a concessionaire will be on-site to sell beer and wine. Parking is on the street behind the park, or in the parking lot next door.

Most of the outdoor tables at the park have umbrellas that can be opened to block the shade. Last night, it was cloudy enough that the umbrellas weren’t needed, and most people sat outside to eat and enjoy the music.

As US Food Trucks works through the preview weekends, they are taking notes of things that need to be improved. One question remains about hours. Friday and Saturday, the hours are 5-9 p.m. But by 8:45 Friday, people were still arriving, so it may be that once the park is fully operating, the hours will be extended. The park also has signage on order, which will make it look like a permanent location, rather than a pop-up where some trucks opened for the night.

Overall, this park is a welcome addition to a part of Dallas that doesn’t normally see food trucks, and a welcome park to a city that desperately needs permanent locations for food trucks. Go check it out during the preview period, June 15, 21 and 22, and let US food Trucks know what you think. I look forward to see how everything comes together for the grand opening on June 28-29.

You can follow Fly-By Food Park on Facebook and Twitter for information about operating hours, and on which trucks will be serving each night.

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