JACKSONVILLE — Wednesday lunch options in Jacksonville are steadily increasing, four wheels at a time.
Food Truck Wednesday participants have been meeting at the farmers market pavilion at 5 Municipal Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. since October, and organizers are excited to see more trucks and more customers as word gets around about the culinary collection.
Quincy Person, owner and operator of Black Hound Bar-B-Q, is one of the food-truck operators who brought the idea to Jacksonville.
“We were looking at different places to set up,” he said. “They asked us at the chamber of commerce to do something, and this all worked out.”
Person started Black Hound Bar-B-Q in February 2013. The Newport native now lives in Jacksonville, but he travels around central Arkansas with his food truck every day.
Black Hound Bar-B-Q and the Waffle Wagon are regular food trucks in Jacksonville on Wednesdays, but Person said other trucks are starting to make their way to the event, including a mobile pie shop and a hot-dog stand.
Laura Dunn ordered a pulled-pork sandwich from Black Hound Bar-B-Q at the Jacksonville market location on Wednesday, and she said it was not her first time patronizing the food trucks in Jacksonville.
“It’s one of the best barbecue places around,” she said.
Dunn works near the farmers market pavilion, and she said it is nice to be able to get out of the office for a tasty bite. She also likes the variety at Food Truck Wednesday, including the Waffle Wagon’s selection of chicken and waffles.
Traffic to the quick pit stop has been increasing since October, Person said, but some people do not know the food trucks are there, even if there is a noticeable increase in activity at the farmers market pavilion.
“Those are some of the people we want to get,” he said. “We try to give the people something different to eat once a week — something different from what they eat every other day.”
As people learn more about Food Truck Wednesday, Person said, he hopes it flourishes. More customers mean more trucks, which means more options, and the cycle will continue.
“I’d like to see it be real big,” Person said. “We want to put tables inside the farmers market pavilion. It’s some nice scenery out there. We want people to be able to come out and enjoy their lunch and then go back to work.”
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