Roswell joining in on food truck craze
by Joan Durbin
August 13, 2012 12:50 AM | 4168 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ROSWELL – Now that a part of Roswell’s Canton Street is being closed for the monthly Alive After 5 events, the crowds who flock to the wildly successful street festival might think it can’t get much better.

However, the fun will expand to Roswell Town Square this Thursday. For the first time in Roswell, five gourmet-quality food trucks will offer a wide variety of menus for a unique dining experience.

“Knowing the incredible excitement that has been generated around the food-truck explosion in our Atlanta metro area, I suggested that we focus on getting the food trucks to our square for a festival,” said Kelley Davis, the new event’s coordinator.

In Cobb, the cities of Kennesaw and Smyrna both feature food-truck events.

Davis said Roswell’s Park Square will be closed to traffic for the “food-truck party.”

“Greg Smith and Jessica Clark with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition have been integral partners in the planning for getting the first food truck event in Roswell. We will have King of Pops, WOW, Nana G’s, Happy Belly, Buen Provecho and Food Movement,” she said. The event will also feature arts and crafts vendors.

Ashley Harris, owner of Ragamuffin Music Hall at the corner of Atlanta and Mill Streets, volunteered her professional expertise and connections to provide a live music for the event.

The shops on Oak Street, collectively known as SoCa for “south of Canton,” are part of the Roswell Square Merchants Alliance and will be open for the event, as will shops and businesses on and around the Square.

The two trolleys that were shuttling visitors to Canton Street will be running more frequently to make it easy to hop aboard and enjoy the activities both uptown and downtown.

The trolleys will service all parking lots at City Hall, Mimosa Street, Bulloch Avenue, Roswell Methodist, Roswell Baptist and Roswell Presbyterian.

Alive at the Square is organized by the Roswell Square Merchants Alliance, founded last spring. It was formed to extend the city’s core shopping and dining experiences to include all of the businesses in the historic district, from SoCa south to the square and all the way down to the river along South Atlanta Street.

Davis and her mother, Anne Reddick, are not only business partners in the town square area but next-door neighbors there, as well.

“We are both residents of the Mill Village and we felt that the resurgence of businesses around the square was a good time to organize a Roswell Square Merchants Alliance to promote our Historic Downtown Roswell District like the Canton Street businesses have promoted the Roswell Uptown District,” Reddick said.

Alive After 5 and Alive at the Square will be held in Roswell every third Thursday through October from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Jim Warren
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August 13, 2012
Can someone " in the know" explain why Marietta is unable/unwilling to make this happen? Is it zoning/licensing? I would hate to think it is simply we are once again losing business to our square/downtown area. Seems there are many ideal locations on WHitlock or Roswell Street that are currently empty/For Lease parking lots.
vfp42
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August 13, 2012
Goldstein does not own any food trucks, ergo no food trucks shall be on the Marietta Squar.e
A Recommendation
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August 13, 2012
The arepas (Venezuelan sliders) from the WOW! food truck are absolutely delicious. All of their food is great. Check them out!
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