HOUSTON, TX – The men behind the Houston Food Park, which has made its home off St. Emanuel off Leeland in East Downtown since Summer 2013, have announced plans to open up their second location, near the Toyota Center.
Tirzo Ponce with the HFP said this week that he and his business partner Miguel Villegas have joined forces with the owners of Phul Court, a defunct bar off Leeland and Austin streets on the south end of Downtown Houston, to open up a second spot for food truck parking.
That bar catered to food trucks but when it opened the truck scene wasn’t what it is at this point, Ponce said.
“There weren’t too many trucks at that time that were all electrical, which was the only way that trucks at that time could operate in downtown,” he said. When it became clear that the City of Houston would ease regulations on trucks being able to use propane in downtown, Ponce saw an opportunity.
Ponce said that they are aiming to open the new location the weekend after Thanksgiving, just as Black Friday shoppers will be laying waste to sales racks.
“Maybe we can lure some people away from the malls or they can at least stop by and see us between shopping shifts,” Ponce laughed. If they can’t open up that weekend they will be aiming for the next weekend. There will be plenty of heaters on site just in case Houston’s weather takes a frosty turn.
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