Sheboygan, WI: Family, Fun and Food Trucks: Vollrath Park is Summer Gathering Spot for Mobile Vendors in Sheboygan

Sheboygan, WI: Family, Fun and Food Trucks: Vollrath Park is Summer Gathering Spot for Mobile Vendors in Sheboygan

The city’s array of food trucks is joining forces every Monday at the north-side park to draw people to the park and build a little buzz about mobile food. The growing list of food trucks is indicative of the concept that’s becoming increasingly popular in Sheboygan, mirroring a similar trend in recent years in other U.S. cities.

By Janet Ortegon  |  Sheboygan Press

 


Vollrath Park is about to get a whole lot busier. On Mondays, anyway.

And somebody needs to get some more seating out there to prepare.

The city’s array of food trucks is joining forces every Monday at the north-side park to draw people to the park and build a little buzz about mobile food. The growing list of food trucks is indicative of the concept that’s becoming increasingly popular in Sheboygan, mirroring a similar trend in recent years in other U.S. cities.

June 17 was the first night, and it will go on through the summer from 4-8 p.m.

“We really want it to be for families,” said Greg Lee, organizer of the weekly events and owner of the Gyros to Go truck. “To do something for Sheboygan, a fun family night.”

Lee and his friend Marc Ehler, owner of the Bo Mallie’s truck, planned the food truck outing together, even investing in some toys and a few tables.

Ehler’s wife, Hollie Erdman-Ehler, spent last Monday taking orders and delivering bags of hot food to hungry diners.

“In Milwaukee they have a food thing,” Erdman-Ehler said. “We’ve thought that — why don’t we start that here? We just wanted to get some community thing together. So far, pretty good.”

The first night, the menu consisted of Gyros to Go, Bo Mallie’s, Fleck’s Curbside Grill and Frogs Phillip. Jose’s Taco Truck is expected to join the lineup in the future.

While waiting for their order from Bo Mallie’s, which is a new food truck based on the popular Bo Mallie’s Restaurant on Crystal Lake, the Snipes family took in the whole experience.

While 3-year-old Jillian played a beanbag game with her dad Jason, mom Elizabeth Snipes said the event goes along perfectly with the neighborhood vibe.

“We come here to play almost every night,” said Snipes, 36. “I found out (about the food truck gathering) on Facebook. I think it’s a great idea.”

Peter and Hana Herzog are also Vollrath neighbors, and they brought 2-year-old Ezra and 1-year-old Simeon to the park Monday to dine on gyros and play in the grass.

“We used to live in Chicago … doing this is kind of the stuff we got to do downtown,” said Peter Herzog, 32. “We’ll definitely be back. This is great.”

 

Jessey Heyn has already tasted the gyros from Gyros to Go, so on Monday she and her son Branden, 8, were trying out the fare at Bo Mallie’s.

“I really support the food truck thing once they started doing that here,” said Heyn, 33. “It’s such a good idea. It’s something good and different for Sheboygan. I think I’ll do a different one each week.”

Lee, whose truck always has done pretty good business on Mondays, said he isn’t looking to make a killing on the Vollrath Park gatherings.

“This wasn’t about making a lot of money,” said Lee, 28. “It’s about all the trucks coming together, doing something good for Sheboygan. I want to send my customers to check out their trucks and their customers to check mine out. I wanted to have a good time. I think this is something that will be profitable.”

As long as there’s enough seating to accommodate what Kevin Anhalt thinks will be a growing crowd. He suggests park benches.

“If I don’t see any by this coming weekend, I’m going to drag a couple over,” said Anhalt, a firefighter at nearby Station 4. “This is fantastic. I think this is going to go crazy.”

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