By LampLighter staff
Owners of the planned Truck Stop food truck hub met with community members recently, showing off some of the changes they’ve made in their plans after receiving feedback from neighbors.
Michael Tauer, a Memphis lawyer and partner in the business with restaurateur Taylor Berger, said the size of the metal building housing the restaurant has been scaled down to allow for 16 customer parking spaces, plus four docks for food trucks. The entrance remains on Cooper, with the exit on Central, in the new designs. City traffic engineers mandated that configuration because of traffic patterns at the corner, he said.
Because the corner lot was formerly a gas station, several old gas tanks remain underneath the parking lot and their condition is unknown. Tauer said Loeb Properties, which owns the 1/3-acre parcel, will remove the old tanks and perform any environmental remediation necessary before construction begins on the restaurant.
Some neighbors had hoped for the removal of a billboard facing Central, but Tauer said the billboard, which had been on the site since the 1940s or ‘50s, was owned by Clear Channel Communications, which had no interest in removing it.
The sidewalks around the restaurant will be improved and landscaped, and bike racks will be added to encourage pedestrian activity, Tauer said. “We will do everything we can to encourage bike and pedestrian traffic,” he said.
Cooper-Young resident Olivia Fraser, who attended the meeting at the Memphis Heritage office on Madison, said she was interested to see how the restaurant’s concept of rotating food trucks and small plates plays in the neighborhood.
“I’m for anything that keeps the pedestrian, bike, urban vibe going,” she said.
Construction on the restaurant should begin around April, owners said. The opening date will depend in part on how long the tank removal will take.