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College Station Food Park re-opening, encouraging food trucks to hop on board

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 19:39:17-05

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS  — Crab legs, crawfish, street tacos...sounds good right?

A food park offering just that is re-opening in College Station.

A recently empty food park is re-vamping its area to better serve the Bryan/College Station community.

Off of University Drive nestled near Northgate, a fully functional food park is starting to take shape.

"Grand opening is set for March 1st, but right now we are working on filling up the park with food trucks," Oneal Harlee, Co-Owner of the Food Park said.

The Franchisee of the BCS Krab Kingz and Co-Owner of the Food Park says they opened up the space in 2018, but it has recently sat empty.

Now in 2021, they are re-vamping the park and at no charge for the month of February, are welcoming businesses with College Station food permits needing a place to set up shop.

"If anybody has any aspirations to own a food truck or need a place to park, you can park here for the month of February, as long as you have a College Station permit," Harlee added.

One small business owner is already taking advantage of a new location to sell his authentic street tacos.

"I like it, especially being here right around the corner from Northgate. It does help out with small businesses like mine who serve food. I really enjoy it, this is our first time out here," Albert Reynoso, Owner of El Gordito Bonito said.

Harlee says there are no other food parks in College Station and what he is bringing is unique and is encouraging small businesses to hop on board.

"We offer electricity, trash, grease traps, sewage, we have the works here, so all you need to do is plug and play with your food truck," Harlee said.

Even though they have only held a soft opening, and just a few businesses have made their way to First street, Harlee hopes to have around 10 trucks offering a variety of flavors.

"We are going to be open Tuesday through Saturday...just give everybody something new to do and they are not chasing all of these trucks around time. It's organized and it is clean. I think the City of College Station deserves something like this," Harlee added.

The park is already leaving nearby residents pleased that this option will be in their backyard.

"You can't find food like this in College Station normally, you find it in Houston a lot because its a huge city, but not here in College Station," Kierstyne Brown, a College Station resident said.

Harlee said back when they first opened in 2018, a big issue they ran into was parking for the space's guests.

He says they are working with the city to hopefully add additional adequate parking space for a better experience.

According to their Facebook page, if you are interested in setting up your cart or food truck, they ask you to stop by for an application.

The address to the Food Park is 203 1st St, College Station, Texas 77840.