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Cuisines Converge at New Redmond Food Truck Corral

Today was opening day for a new food cart pod in downtown Redmond.

Downtown Redmond's food truck aficionados should find it easier to secure their street-food fix with today's opening of the Redmond Food Truck Corral.

The group includes eight local food trucks serving cuisine that ranges from Caribbean to barbecue to Thai/Hawaiian fusion. Located in the parking lot of Redmond Auto Detail at 15904 Bear Creek Parkway, the corral is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

Michael Cunningham runs the Jerk Station food truck and was the main person who organized the new corral. He said some of the new group's vendors had been stationed on the campus earlier this year while the company renovated three of its cafeterias. When the food carts' contract ended, many were looking for new spots to take their food carts.

After an office worker in the Legacy at Riverpark development requested the Jerk Station park near her, Cunningham said he realized the location might be viable for a food truck corral and obtained permission from the parking lot's owners.

“Once I realized that I had somewhat of a stable client base on this street...it just kind of grew from there,” he said.

It's common in many other food truck-friendly cities, such as Portland, for food carts to set up shop in groups, sometimes referred to as "pods," but this is the first similar group in Redmond.

The current rotation includes two trucks each Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and one truck on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Eventually, Cunningham said, the group would like to invite other trucks to join them and possibly extend the pod's hours into the evenings and weekends, but for now they are focused on building a reliable client base with the current trucks and schedule.

More information and a complete food truck lineup can be food on the Redmond Food Truck Corral website.

Chalen Maarten May 30, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Everything from Skillet is amazing. Don't eat breakfast. I can't wait to try all of these carts.
myrtlebrown May 30, 2012 at 06:59 AM
We still need to feed our family healthy, well-balanced meals while keeping to a set budget. Change is the hardest thing and trying to do everything at once will have most people quitting before they even begin. You can get samples from sites like "Official Samples" where you can find all samples
Beth Benincasa June 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I think it would get a lot more business if they moved the food trucks to the old Larry's Market parking lot (by Cost Plus). I went last week and almost missed it because I didn't see the truck. They could always move it once it was established, but for now, it needs to be more visible to drivers just driving through Redmond.
Caitlin Moran June 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Thanks for the comment, Beth. I know the group's organizer went with the current location because he got support from the property owner and was invited by a nearby office worker—which gave him confidence that those nearby would patronize the trucks. But I agree—visibility is key! Hopefully the pod gets enough publicity via social media and word of mouth to be successful...or finds another location if this one doesn't work out so well.
GBuhlman August 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
In case anyone is wondering: the food truck corral does not seem to be a daily thing anymore. I went today @ 12:30 and there was nothing there. One of the employees from the business there told me he thought the truck(s) were at the Brown Bear carwash over by Whole Foods. I went there and the carwash employees said that other than coming in to buy gas, the food trucks never set up in that area. Here's to hoping we get something more regular and permanent on the Eastside. It would be great to have a food cart pod like in Portland.

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