Food trucks are coming back to the community

Food truck events are returning after being put on hold due to the pandemic. (Amy Wenk)

Sandy Springs resident Tommy Burda was pumped to pour beers again.

On June 10, the owner of Dunwoody-based Moondog Growlers attended his first event since the pandemic, Dunwoody’s Food Truck Thursdays. Burda might be a familiar face as he’s “that beer guy” who hauls his craft beer trailer to community events.

Burda was delighted to find “a bit of normalcy” and to reunite with her neighbors and friends.

Tommy Burda, owner of Dunwoody-based Moondog Growlers, at the Dunwoody Food Truck event on Thursday June 10th. It was the first time the food truck event had taken place since the pandemic. (Amy Wenk)

“I love being with people,” he said, huddled in his tent as a summer rainstorm briefly blocked the event. But as soon as the sun reappeared, so did people, eagerly heading to mobile restaurants to order street food like crab sandwiches and jerk chicken tacos.

It’s true, food trucks are coming back to the community after more than a year of absence. Alongside the Dunwoody Thursday event, Brookhaven has just relaunched its Food Truck Nights, which take place Wednesday night in Blackburn Park.

“We are delighted to be back in the heart of your community,” Brookhaven organizers said on June 16 on Facebook after the first event returned.

A scene from Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday. (Amy Wenk)

There’s also a new food truck park that just opened in Atlanta’s Upper Westside neighborhood, located west of Buckhead.

Called Upper Westside Yard, the food truck park opened in June on the former site of a barbecue restaurant that burned down years ago.

“I walked past a building that was fully boarded up every day,” said food truck park founder Lenise Williams, a resident of Riverside. “I’m just frustrated and decided to take action. A food truck park seemed like the perfect thing to put there… We don’t have a lot of options for eating in the area.

Upper Westside Yard can accommodate up to seven trucks and will feature pop-up shops, as well as events such as yoga and movie nights. Williams’ hope is that it becomes a space for community gathering.

“It’s a place where neighbors can be friends,” she says.

Where to find food trucks

Dunwoody Food Truck on Thursdays
When: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road

Brookhaven Food Truck Nights
When: Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road

West Superior Court
When: Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 2061 Main Street NO

Stars & Stripes fireworks celebration
When: July 4, food trucks open at 6 p.m.
Where: City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs

Atlanta Food Truck Market and Park
When: Friday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 1850 Howell Mill Road NW

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