In today’s “spare no expense” news, Milwaukee is getting its very first food truck park! The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Sean Phelan and Jesus O. Gonzalez—the latter the founder of the ever-popular Mazorca Tacos food truck that’s always parked near 88Nine—plan to bring their so-called Zocalo Food Park to Walker’s Point. Zocalo, or “public square,” would have “room for six food trucks, parking, outdoor seating, and a bar.”
The site of the park, 636 S. 6th St. and surrounding vacant land, is being purchased from Mike Eitel, who previously operated the Nomad Nacional pop-up bar there in 2018. Eitel, the Journal Sentinel explains, “originally planned a soccer-related entertainment development at 618, 620, 622, 628, 636 and 640 S. 6th St., but he put that project on hold as he developed other businesses, including SportClub sports bar downtown and taking over the restaurant in Turner Hall.”
“Zocalo’s vision is to cultivate partnerships with food entrepreneurs and create an ecosystem that embraces food enthusiasts,” Gonzalez says. “It will encompass distinct food trucks, on-site parking, outdoor seating and a beverage program.”
More details on Zocalo Food Park will be released soon. The park is expected to open in May. Food trucks and a permanent food truck park. Life finds a way.