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Say adios to the 2nd and Congress Food Trailers

Say adios to the 2nd and Congress Food Trailers

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Save the Snap Pod Courtesy of Snap Kitchen
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Patika Coffee Photo by Stefani Spandau
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Turf n' Surf Photo by Stefani Spandau
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This Friday, June 8 marks the last day for the food trailer court at the 2nd and Congress lot downtown.  Although the trailer owners knew this day would come, the finality of their lease is met with large challenges for small business owners. 

After being opened for less than a year, Snap Kitchen owner Martin Berson laid out the challenges any food trailer owner faces when the landlord makes other plans for their property: “Cost of moving, viable options with regards to electricity, marketing expenses, physical issues of moving the trailer and equipment as well as the uncertainty of sales at a potential new location, or the possibility of not finding a viable location for a while.”

Save the Snap Pod is a social media effort to help this food trailer find a new forever home. Although they have had several responses, that perfect fit to set them up for continued success just hasn’t quite gelled.  “Let’s face it, when folks are out drinking — healthy food usually isn’t top of mind. We really need a fairly high density of office traffic within walking distance,” shares Martin.

Trailer friends who love healthy fair, let me whet your appetite. The Snap Pod has a large gluten free and plant powered menu; their top best sellers are the bison quinoa hash, turkey chili and veggie lasagna. But that’s not all 2nd and Congress will be missing come this weekend. Kimchi fries from Chi’Lantro, coffee from Patika, gyros from Kebabalicious and Cajun cooking from Turf & Surf will all be moving on to greener pastures.   

Follow @trailerfood and each of the vendors to find where they will end up and help spread the word to find each of them a new location: @snapkitchen, @chilantroBBQ, @patikacoffee, @kebabalicious and @turfnsurfpoboy.

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Editor's note: As of mid-June, Turf 'n Surf relocated to 4th and Congress.