Klyde Warren Park freezes out new food truck operators

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 6:47 PM

DALLAS -- Is Klyde Warren Park, with its huge crowds, playing favorites with food trucks?

News 8 has found the park almost never rotates in new trucks, leading some truck operators to complain that they’re locked out of the popular deck park and the potential for big profits.

Linh Quach, operator of the BobaFreeze truck, gets a brain freeze wondering why she can’t sell her natural fruit smoothies at Klyde Warren Park. She says her product is an alternative to sugary cupcakes and ice cream.

“I just think it’s really important to have a healthy initiative for the city, especially in the food truck industry,” said Quach.

Maybe, but the deck park says it's not interested in bringing in new vendors because it’s got a good thing going.

News 8 has learned Klyde Warren Park collects 10 percent of the all revenue from the handful of trucks that serve its park patrons, and only one new truck has been allowed to park there in the last 18 months.

By comparison, the nearby AT&T Performing Arts Center collects no fees from trucks and allows a large number to rotate through.

“It’s not that hard,” said Jeremy Scott, who runs Tutta’s Pizza. He is also locked out of Klyde Warren.

Scott says the 10 percent fee is fair because it covers the park’s cost of administering its food truck program. But excluding trucks that are qualified to handle large crowds is bad business, he says.

“I think that if we could get into Klyde Warren Park, it would be advantageous to our business, absolutely. Having a rotation of trucks in there would be valuable to the park as well,” Scott said.

Park personnel were not available for an on-camera interview Friday. Linh Quach hopes one day they will be available to let her sell smoothies at the park.

“We just kind of get the same story that everyone else is probably getting -- that there’s a long waiting list,” Quach said.

A waiting list that feels, to her, more like a polite way of being frozen out.

E-mail: dschechter@wfaa.com

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