Modesto plans Grub Hubs, an out­door venue of food trucks

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MAR­IJKE ROWLAND mrow­land@mod­bee.com

The food truck craze shows no signs of slow­ing down, in fact in Modesto it is about to rev up even more — and be­come more con­cen­trated.

The city’s first ded­i­cated food truck court will open down­town in a on­ce­va­cant lot at the cor­ner of Ninth and G streets. Modesto Grub Hubs will have space and hookups for 17 food trucks and hopes to open by the start of the new year.

The brain­child of Gre­gory Reed, whose fam­ily mem­bers have been own­ers of sev­eral large down­town Modesto prop­er­ties, the lot sat va­cant for years. It had been a long­time hub for Vito Truck­ing and then was a truck­ing school for a while. Reed, who is pres­i­dent of Reed Prop­er­ties and G&K En­ter­prises, has owned the 4.5 acre-lot for the past 13 years.

About a year and a half ago he came up with the idea to turn the empty space, which is en­closed on all sides by fenc­ing, into a food truck court like he had seen in other largely metropoli­tan cities. At the same time he was dis­cussing part­ner­ing with a chef friend for a Texas-style bar­be­cue restau­rant. And now, af­ter a lot of planning and per­mits, they’re clos­ing in on mak­ing both a re­al­ity in the same space.

“We’ve had this space for a long time and were won­der­ing what to do with it,” Reed said. “It’s taken a while to come up with a plan. I re­ally want this to be a fam­ily des­ti­na­tion. It’s a place where if you want to have lunch or din­ner to­gether, but you don’t want to have what I want, you can come here.”

Reed has been to food truck courts in other cities like San Fran­cisco, Elk Grove and Lodi for re­search. He is also a fan of some of the taco trucks that have long lines on down­town’s Eighth Street and other ar­eas of town.

He had ini­tially wanted the food court to open around the same time as the new county court­house, whose space sits kitty-cor­ner from the lot. But with that project still wait­ing for fund­ing to come through, Reed de­cided to move for­ward. He has in­stalled elec­tri­cal and water hookups. The lot will soon be paved over and the wrought-iron fenc­ing will be fixed and ex­tended around the court. Once fin­ished, there will be en­trances off of G and Ninth streets and the lot should be open 24-hours a day.

Two ship­ping con­tain­ers sit at the back of the food court, one will be­come the site’s ded­i­cated re­strooms and an­other will be Reed and his restau­rant busi­ness part­ner Brian Kiser’s up­com­ing eatery, Fire and De­sire Texas BBQ. A row of seat­ing will go down the cen­ter of the two main rows of trucks, with ad­di­tional seat­ing on the edges. The court will be shade and rain awnings and lights through­out the prop­erty. The site will also have plenty of park­ing, cus­to­dial ser­vice week­end se­cu­rity.

In the fu­ture he would pos­si­bly like to add a stage on the G Street side of the prop­erty for live mu­sic, as well as fam­ily games like bocce and corn hole.

Reed hasn’t ad­ver­tised to or reached out to food truck own­ers yet. But al­ready about seven ven­dors have placed ten­ta­tive reser­va­tions rang­ing from cof­fee trucks to Greek food, Mex­i­can sweets, sand­wich and seafood

pur­vey­ors. The sign for Modesto Grub Hubs also went up re­cently, with its prom­ise of “Food Feast Fun Fes­tive.”

“There’s a lot more in­ter­est right from the start than I re­al­ized. Peo­ple are ex­cited to have more choices, and not just taco trucks, in one area like this,” Reed said.

In the next week or so he plans to start send­ing in­ter­ested food truck ven­dors of­fi­cial con­tracts. Space will rent for $350 a week or $1,000 a month. Space is avail­able, so if you want a slot con­tact Reed soon. My guess is they’ll be snapped up quickly.

While the name may cause a small amount of con­fu­sion, given the sim­i­lar-sound­ing Grub­bub is a na­tional app-based food de­liv­ery ser­vice, Reed said he thinks it is dif­fer­en­ti­ated enough to stand out and be mem­o­rable.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Modesto Grub Hubs or to in­quire about space call 209-577-2449 or visit www.reed­prop­er­ties.net.

Else­where on the Busi­ness Beat:

If you’re look­ing for the Modesto Once Upon A Child, it has moved to a new spot in the same shop­ping cen­ter.

The Modesto store started on McHenry Av­enue 24 years ago and re­lo­cated to Plaza Park­way seven years ago. Now it is in a new suite in the same com­plex. You can find the shop — which sells gently used chil­dren’s cloth­ing, toys, gear and fur­ni­ture — at 2225 Plaza Park­way Suite J1. For more in­for­ma­tion call 209-575-3554 or visit www.on­ce­uponachild modesto.com.

ANDY AL­FARO aal­faro@mod­bee.com

Greg Reed is de­vel­op­ing a food truck court at G and Ninth streets called Modesto Grub Hubs. “It’s a place where if you want to have lunch or din­ner to­gether, but you don’t want to have what I want, you can come here,” Reed says.

ANDY AL­FARO aal­faro@mod­bee.com

Fu­ture site of Modesto Grub Hubs – a food truck court that will have 17 spa­ces for food ven­dors in Modesto.

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