Inside SoCo food trailers on last day of business


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on May 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 10:41 PM

AUSTIN -- The sign outside one of the food trailers on South Congress says what many people there are thinking, “Goodbye awesome food, and hello overpriced hotel.”

"It’s sad because it's just another stupid hotel that's gonna come up,” said Kristen Voegele, a regular visitor to the park who came to eat one last time.

“No one wants it to happen,” said fellow regular Raymond Jones.

“I think it is just the lamest thing,” said Karen Breaux, who works at the PitaLicious trailer.

The South Congress lot has been a haven for local food trailer for seven years.

“It's kind of sad, especially since they're going to be building hotels here, no one seems to want this to happen,” said Food and Thai trailer manager Peter Hierholzer.

On Tuesday, they’ll pack up and the trailers must be gone by 5 p.m.

On Monday, however, the last day of business, regulars came to say goodbye to the iconic Austin hangout.

“We had a pretty big crowd today, so at least we got to see some familiar faces and say bye to everybody,” said Breaux.

It’s not just for regulars, though. The South Congress food trailers are also a well-known destination for visitors.

“I heard about this place before I even moved here, so that's kind of how big it is, people know about it,” said regular and food trailer employee Raymond Jones.

Some worry the end of the park, will also mean the end of a unique culture on South Congress.

"It's going to change the whole vibe of the street. Right now it's a great tourist spot, everyone can eat and shop, but a hotel is going to make traffic horrible. I feel bad for the neighborhood behind us,” said Breaux.

So as they serve local favorites for the last time at the South Congress location, food truck owners are also looking forward to what's next.

“I hope we can stay with the other trailers, they're my friends, I love to see them and I love to eat their food, too” said Breaux, who tells KVUE News PitaLicious will take some time off before deciding on a new location.

Food and Thai manager Peter Hierholzer also tells KVUE News they will take some time to regroup and determine their next move.

Below is list of some of the trailers' new locations:

The Original New Orleans Po-Boy & Gumbo Shop

New location: Moving two blocks down on SoCo on the corner between the Shell and 7-Eleven

Short Bus Subs

New location: They're not sure where they are moving yet

Wurst Tex

New location: Not sure where they are moving yet, waiting on a new location to call them back

Burrow Cheese Kitchen

New location: 1221 South Congress (near the Amy's Ice Creams)

Taco Baby

New location: Lamar and Bluebonnet

Fry Baby

New location: Lamar and Bluebonnet

Austin Frigid Frog Shaved Ice

New location: Lamar and Bluebonnet


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