- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Masa food truck owners Robert Carnoske and Chad Wilcox don’t mind making the drive to Oklahoma City to park at the Bleu Garten food truck park. But some of their Tulsa colleagues can’t make the trek.

“There are new trucks looking for places to park,” Carnoske said. “A lot of the trucks are old and are not road-worthy. That drive is hard even on our trailer. They’re not meant to move that often.”

Carnoske and Wilcox are partnering with J.L. Lewis and Chad and Elizabeth Ellison to bring a food truck park to the Mother Road. The team is developing the Fuel 66 food truck park where Route 66. S. Atlanta Avenue borders the lot on the east.

“We are planning and trying to embrace all things Route 66,” said Lewis, former owner of Leon’s sports bar. “We want to be a feature or a spotlight on Tulsa’s part of Route 66.”

The Journal Record (https://bit.ly/1T9pCsK ) The lot has a 1,000-square-foot building that will become a permanent bar with seating and walk-up windows. The surrounding space will hold up to six food trucks, with patio seating. A large bathroom facility will be built on the site as well.

Trucks will be able to plug into electrical outlets. At festivals, trucks often run off generators.

“One of the biggest complaints from a lot of people about food trucks is the noise,” said Carnoske.

Trucks that come to the site will have to pay about 2 percent of their sales to the Fuel 66 owners. Those fees will go to cover operating costs. The main revenue driver will be the bar sales, he said.

Fuel 66 will have televisions and a movie screen for outdoor film viewing. It is family-friendly, including four-legged family members. Lewis said the project has been in development for about six months.

Fuel 66 will offer lunch service, which will be welcomed by the nearby Tulsa Welding School, the University of Tulsa and hospital employees at the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Center and the Oklahoma Heart Institute.

“We hope to be a catalyst for growth along 11th Street,” said Lewis.

Eat Street Tulsa food truck festival Executive Director Jo Armstrong said she thinks the site will be embraced by the trucks. She started her festival in 2011 with 12 trucks and has seen it grow to 34. The Blue Dome Arts Festival on May 20 to May 22 has 22 trucks, but she could have had more, she said.

“We have a growing food truck scene in Tulsa that is strong,” she said. “I’m excited to see them come in.”

Some places that have food trucks are Park in the Pearl, the Guthrie Green, and a site on Boston Avenue near downtown. But trucks are looking for more sites, she said.

“When you have people doing stuff like (Fuel 66), it only helps these guys make it,” she said.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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