Food trailers in one of Austin’s most popular empty lots will soon have to find new homes.
The vendors with mobile food trailers along South Congress Avenue, between Monroe and Milton streets, have been told to pack up and leave the parking lot by early next year.
"I think anybody that comes to town is at some point going to come around here," Eric Klusman, owner of Short Bus Subs, said.
Klusman has had her trailer set in the famed trailer park for the past year. He said his landlord--SoCo ATX Development, a division of C3 Presents--has plans to put a hotel on the lot.
"I understand people want to build a hotel and make money and all of that, but in my opinion, we could build the hotel on the outskirts of town instead of right in the middle of South Congress,” Klusman said.
The mobile eatery owner said he worries that a hotel and chain restaurants could change the city’s look and feel.
Hey Cupcake! was the first trailer on the block in 2007. Now—during Tuesday lunch rush—there are nine.
"Say if you bring a big group out here, everyone can kind of have whatever they want instead of going to one type of food or one type of restaurant," Klusman said.
But keeping the community together will be tough. Klusman doesn't know yet where he'll end up.
"It's one of those things where you don't really want to make arrangements because you're not sure when you'll have to leave," he said.
Even though they told him in February, he says he'll hold out as long as he can. Not only is it best for his business, but he wants to do what's best for his city too.
"When you lose the whole, what keeps Austin weird, then you're just stuck with the same kind of city," Klusman said.
YNN reached out to SoCo ATX development regarding the upcoming project, but they have not yet responded.