Food Trucks Meet for Now at Clifton Street Eats, New Park Coming Soon

Before moving to a new food truck park in the coming months, the Conway Food Truck Association has set up shop at First United Methodist Church from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Clifton Street Eats, the food truck meet-up, started a couple of weeks ago in the First United Methodist Church parking lot on Prince Street. Conway Food Truck Association Founder Nate Sullinger said the current setup is meant to accommodate church members attending Wednesday night services, but is also open to the public.

Owner of Nate’s Hot Dog Haven Lonnie Massey said he has been in the food truck business for around two years. He bought his hot dog stand from Sullinger, with whom he helped found the Conway Food Truck Association. He said he decided not to rename the hot dog stand because of its reputation.

“The name’s been around for six or seven years,” Massey said. “Lots of people know it so we didn’t want to change it.”

Massey said the hot dog stand is just one of several business endeavors of which he is a part, including a home security business and a farm.

“I just like to congregate with people and have a good time,” Massey said. “Serving food is fun – it doesn’t feel like work. It’s one of the most fun things to do.”

Sullinger said since the Front Street food truck park closed last winter due to lack of vendors, food trucks in Conway have set up shop in various places around town. However, he said he will announce the location of a new food truck park downtown in the next few weeks.

“I’m not allowed to say quite yet where it’s going to be, but it’s going to be in a really good spot about five times the size of where we were last year,” Sullinger said.

When it opens, the new food truck park will be open Tuesday through Saturday mornings. There will be six spots for trucks and Sullinger anticipates two to four trucks will be available per day.

The Wednesday night meet-ups currently only include four or five trucks, but Sullinger said several other food trucks from Little Rock and surrounding areas would start coming in the next few weeks.

Food trucks present on Wednesday Feb. 17 included Nate’s Hot Dog Haven, Fork in the Road, Natural State Grillers and Zavala’s. Fare included hot dogs, barbecue, burritos and crepes.

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People Of UCA: Sara Shumaker

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