Is the west side the best side? Entrepreneur Ellie Marin certainly thinks so. The owner of food trucks Cornutopia and My Two Mums has turned her sights to an unused space in Kingsville and will next month launch West Side Best Side.
The venue will be a bar and food truck hub think independent beers, wines and ciders, as well as cocktail pitchers and a rotating selection of cuisine.
The six-month pop-up will eventually make way for Kingsvillage, a six-level, 33 apartment building. Ms Marin said the food truck park which will be the first of its kind in the west could also be the first of many repurposing unused spaces in the region.
“If it takes off, then we will stay in the area,” she said. “And what we’ll do is activate spaces that are no longer being used – whether it’s temporarily or long term.”
Ms Marin says the space will be home to a community-focused celebration. She hopes locals and soon to be locals will come together in the open air bar, complete with sustainable garden, live music, local art and the food truck space. But why Kingsville?
“Kingsville is charming and sweet, but there’s nothing there. But there are people, and they’re gagging for it,” she said. “It’s for people in the west to enjoy summer the atmosphere, the plants, drinks and food in a relaxing space they can own and be part of.”
Ms Marin, who will act as West Side Best Side’s venue manager, said she plans to host four food trucks per day, with the ability to increase to six, depending on customer volume.
Also joining in are Toasta, Dos Diablos, Lil’ nomnoms, Round the Way Bagels and 3 Ravens Brewery, as well as her own trucks, which sell tacos and sweet corn and ice cream sandwiches.
The project, which repurposes the site of the former Rising Sun Car Yard, is being developed by Everly managing director Adam Borowski, who Ms Marin met years ago while working in retail.
Mr Borowski said the new space was just what the suburb needed to put itself on the map.
“No one really knows where Kingsville really is, it’s a hidden pocket. People know West Footscray and Yarraville, but Kingsville gets hidden somewhere between.” he said.
“We thought the food trucks and everything else Ellie is going to bring to the site will create a bit of a buzz and activate the site while it’s sitting there waiting to be developed.”
Kingsvillage, which will offer residents city views, has only been on Mr Borowski’s books for the past few months. The previous owner started the development process, including drawing up plans, but did not bring it to market.
“It’s likely to attract first home buyers or young professionals who are working in the city and want to catch a 10 minute train ride into the city. I think it might also appeal to investors,” he said. “Kingsville isn’t the traditional apartment market – apartments are pretty rare here.”
Mr Borowski said since he bought the site, he has changed the plans to increase the number of bicycle spaces in the design, while ensuring each apartment still had a parking space.
The apartments predominantly one and two bedroom units will include timber flooring, European appliances and island benches, and construction is expected to start by mid-next year.
Source : https://www.domain.com.au/news/kingsville-set-to-host-food-truck-park-on-site-of-new-apartment-development-20171015-gz0efg/