Soon Wichita State University students eager to check out Wichita's food truck scene will no longer have to drive downtown. WSU will break ground on a new Food Truck Plaza next month.
The plaza, which will be on the edge of the new Innovation Campus development, will be constructed by Bauer and Son Construction and is expected to be complete and open in June.
It will include four vendor stalls that will allow food trucks to easily pull in and set up daily, similar to the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park in downtown Wichita. The plaza will also include new lighting, sidewalks and a seating area that will eventually be adjacent to a pond on the Innovation Campus.
The list of trucks that could visit campus include Brickhouse BBQ, Brown Box Bakery, B.S. Sandwich Press, Charlie's Pizza Taco, the Flying Stove, Funky Monkey Munchies, Garden of Eatin', Kind Kravings, Let'm Eat Brats, Lil'Bit Gourmet Burgers, Noble House Hawaiian Plate and Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen.
"Food trucks and college students are a winning combination," said Jodi Buchanan, owner of B.S. Sandwich Press and organizer for ICT Food Trucks. "The food truck owners are highly anticipating this. We've been trying to get onto campus for a long time, and we're excited that the university is making it happen."
The food trucks of Wichita have been attempting to gain access to campus for quite some time but, have been unsuccessful due to vendor agreements already in place with Wichita State. The area that will be home to the Food Truck Plaza is part of the old Breaburn golf course, this
The Food Truck Plaza will be located at the intersection of Wheatshocker Drive and Perimeter Road across the street from the National Institute for Aviation Research.
"Right now it might seem a little removed from the rest of the campus," said John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer, "but before long it will be central to all of campus."
The plaza location is next to the Airbus Americas engineering office and Experiential Engineering building and GoCreate makerspace, which are under construction and expected to be complete in late 2016. It is also in close proximity to the area designated for a future residence hall.