Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 7, 2015
Food Truck Fridays a big hit in Stansbury – even on a Tuesday

When the food trucks rolled into Stansbury Park on Tuesday night, Jessica Pankratz was sure to be there for a taste of Salt Lake County.

Pankratz is a big fan of Cupbop Korean BBQ, a three-truck operation out of Taylorsville, which was one of the six vendors at the Cinco de Mayo edition of Food Truck Fridays in Stansbury Park.

The series of food truck round-ups, which debuted in April, was swamped with customers Tuesday evening.

“We’re happy they’re here,” Pankratz said. “It’s another option, finally!”

Pankratz came with Amy Magana and her family to grab dinner. Magana said that having more culinary options and good portions for her and her kids were reasons the event was such a hit with her family.

“The portions are great,” she said. “We can split them; that’s one reason we all went to different places, was to be able to taste a little bit of everything.”

In addition to Cupbop, the food trucks at the roundup were Saturday’s Waffle, A Guy & His Wife Grilled Cheese, Bite Me, Taco Man and Papa Doug’s Dogs.

Families brought chairs and blankets to sit on the bank near Stansbury Park Lake, with the food trucks nearby in the clubhouse parking lot. Pankratz and Magana and her family walked to the roundup from their house.

“I think it gives a sense of community,” Pankratz said.

Food Truck Fridays, as the monthly roundups are called, are the brainchild of Stansbury Park resident Ryan Willden.

“The community has been overwhelmingly supportive of it,” he said. “We’re pretty excited about it.”

During the Stansbury Park Service Agency meeting on April 8, Willden secured approval from the board to host roundups, usually on the second Friday of each month, from April through September.

The first roundup in April was a success and Willden said he invited more food trucks to the Cinco de Mayo edition to keep wait times down.

The Stansbury Park Community Association sponsors Food Truck Fridays and local groups volunteer to help clean up the trash from the event. Tuesday night’s cleanup crew was Girl Scout Troop 46 and the food trucks made a donation to the troop for their help in lieu of paying an event fee to the service agency or other organization.

Valerie Taylor is one of the scout leaders for Troop 46 and said they were glad to have an event in the community that presented a volunteer opportunity for the girls.

“This is a way we could come and help out and be involved and let people know about our Girl Scout troop as well,” Taylor said.

For Jose Ramos, who runs the Taco Man food cart in Tooele County, the event was another on his busy schedule. Ramos sets his food cart up at the new car wash in Stansbury Park and near the Dollar Store in Grantsville, but was glad to see a long line during the food truck roundup.

“This is a good idea,” he said. “For Stansbury, there’s nothing (for food options).”

With the roundup in full swing, families filled the bank next to the lake, chatted with neighbors and joined long lines at each of the food trucks. The lake served as a picturesque backdrop.

“This is exactly what I envisioned,” Willden said. “And better.”


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