Food courts for food trucks continue to grow
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After success in the heart of Waikiki, HL Honolulu LLC is developing a new spot by the Hawaii Convention Center.
A parking lot on Kalakaua Ave. by Fern Street will soon become a food court for food trucks. HL Honolulu is installing bathrooms, landscaping and more.
“We’re in the process of obtaining our liquor license, so we’ll have a full bar there eventually,” said Jonathan Imai, HL Honolulu Marketing Director. “So, you know, make it a destination that they can buy food and also eat there comfortably in the shade, not just buy food and go.”
The company is building on the success of its Pau Hana Market on Beach Walk in Waikiki. The food truck court opened about a year ago, and vendors are starting to cash in as the concept catches on.
“You know, it’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s pretty good food,” said Chris Rogers who works at Kamitoku Ramen.
With low overhead, food trucks are also the perfect opportunity to get into business on your own while providing that unique niche.
The owner of Kamitoku Ramen showcases Japanese celebrities from his previous career.
“He used to be a talent agent in Japan, so he met and he knows a lot of musicians and artists,” said Rogers.
There's also power in numbers, and having more than one food truck at a single location is a draw.
“For locals at least, they know where to go to find these food trucks. They don’t’ have to search around for wherever the food truck finds parking, so that’s an advantage,” said Imai.
HL Honolulu hopes to open this new location by the end of the year. And for any of you hoping to break into the food truck business, they're still accepting applications.
“We’re looking for roughly four to five trucks locally right now, so they definitely can contact us,” said Imai.
In June, Street Grindz opened a food truck court in Kewalo at the former location of Fisherman's Wharf. Food truckers who are part of this developing trend only see more to come.
“These things are popping up everywhere, and it’s just been like a pretty huge growth,” said Rogers.
HL Honolulu's new location will feature about seven food trucks in all. If you're interested in being one of them, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.