The Memphis Department of Construction Code Enforcement last month denied a temporary permit to developers hoping to turn an empty lot at the corner of Cooper Street and Central Avenue into a food-truck themed restaurant.
Partners Taylor Berger, the restraunteur behind some of the city’s most buzzed about eateries in recent months, including YoLo, Chiwawa, and Tamp & Tap, and attorney Michael Tauer are moving ahead with already approved plans to build a permament structure at 2120 Centiral , most recently the home of of Midtown Nursery. Building on a concept made popular in Las Vegas, the proposed establishment, Truck Stop, would be made of metal shipping containers. The facility would have a kitchen but also space to host local food trucks.
With the project still in the design phase, Berger and Tauer had sought to obtain a temporary permit to begin operating on the space during the busy summer months .
“We only wanted to activate it during the peak food-truck months and keep our 25 employees from (Tennessee) Brewery Untapped on the payroll,” Tauer told The Commerical Appeal.
The temporay permit, which was sold as a phasing in of the completed project, which would be delayed a year, was opposed by the Cooper-Young Communiy Association and the Cooper-Young Business Association as well as the Midtown Memphis Development Corporation.