A new food park has arrived on the north side. This one’s called Hay Lot Food Park. Located on the west end of Exchange Avenue, it had a soft opening this past weekend. This Saturday, May 10, the park will host a Grand Opening Party.
One of the owners Todd Runnels told me he’s hoping to attract tourists walking through the Stockyards and hungry club-goers looking for something to eat before or after club-hopping.
“There aren’t a lot of restaurants in the Stockyards that stay open late,” he said. The park will be open until 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The park can accommodate up to six trucks or trailers. You can eat on picnic benches or on a nice wooden deck that overlooks Exchange Ave. Like Fort Worth’s other two food parks, you can also buy beer and wine (pending the park getting its liquor license).
Trucks will rotate in and out. This past weekend, Enchiladas Ole introduced its trailer sibling, The Saucy Lady. Sassy Hot Dogs and Auntie AM’s Sweet Shop made appearances, too. All three are scheduled to be there again this week (the park reopens Thursday but the grand opening party is on Saturday), along with Dough Boys Pizza, Top Nosh and others.
Todd told me he’s aware that another food park called Cowtown Chow Down recently made a go of it but didn’t succeed. “They didn’t get a lot of foot traffic,” he said. “We’ll have a much more visible footprint.”
For more info on Saturday’s grand opening party, visit the park’s
website. The Hay Lot is at 213 W. Exchange Ave. It will be open Thursday-Sunday.