If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with Houston Food Park in Downtown, you’re not alone. After the popular food truck parking spot shut down operations earlier this year, many folks that a permanent end was nigh. But fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Houston Food Park owner Tirzo Ponce tells Eater that the park is currently undergoing a massive "facelift." "We shut down for the better part of the year so we could be ready for the Super Bowl," says Ponce. "We want to create a garden oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle."
To do that, Ponce recently obtained a liquor license so the park could sell booze, an important component of the new park. The name will also be changing, likely to The Houston Courtyard or Courtyard Houston, though no final decisions have been made just yet. Also new is a delivery service from the space’s food trucks to residences and hotels in Downtown, Midtown, and other adjacent hoods.
Food trucks will continue to park at the Courtyard once its re-opened, but Ponce looks for a major vibe shift. "We want to give it a grown-up feel," says Ponce. "Nobody wants to come drink until 2 a.m. at Houston Food Park because it sounds too family-friendly. During the day, we’ll keep that family-friendly atmosphere, but at night, things will be different."
The newly-renamed Houston Food Park is set to make its debut in late October, assuming things go well with the City of Houston. In the meantime, scope out this video of what it’s going to look like.