The developers of the new Hilton Garden Inn near Bienville Square are working on another attraction; an upscale food truck court.
Adam Cowart of Core Hospitality Advisors said when they began construction on the hotel, they realized they had extra space near Joachim Street. “We thought a food truck would be cool for that area,” Cowart said.
The court will be called “The Backlot,” and Cowart says it will feature ambient lighting, picnic tables, and music. Three food trucks at a time will be able to hook up to electricity to avoid the noise of a generator, and truck owners will be able to choose from 4 daily shifts of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night for a small rental fee.
“It will be a real destination,” Cowart said.
Cowart says he expects some pushback from permanent restaurants in the area, but says the food court “should bring more people downtown, and that can help everyone.”
“The Backlot” will have a website and facebook page where truck owners will be able to sign up for slots, and customers will be able to see what trucks are set up each day.
Cowart says they hope to open the hotel by the third week of January and the food court shortly after that.