Asheville, NC: Asheville’s Masonic Lodge to Open Its Lot To Food Trucks

Exterior of the Masonic Lodge in Asheville. / John Fletcher

By Mackensy Lunsford | Citizens-Times.com

Exterior of the Masonic Lodge in Asheville. / John Fletcher
Exterior of the Masonic Lodge in Asheville. / John Fletcher

The Asheville Masonic Temple will ask for city permission to allow two food trucks to operate in its parking lot, officials said this morning.

If approved, the location would be the second where food trucks are allowed downtown.

The first, known simply as The Lot, opened one year ago this Saturday.

Much has changed since then, and the number of food trucks has increased.

Ten food trucks are currently trying to squeeze into only four spaces. Asheville’s Downtown Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday to consider increasing the number of food trucks permits allotted downtown.

The food truck proposal is the latest effort by the Masonic Temple to open the building to the public, new facilities director Ferris Camp said.

The trucks would be allowed to operate at the site as much as they’d like, Camp said.

“Five days a week, seven days a week … nine days a week,” he joked. “I don’t want to walk so far to get my lunch every day.”

Food truck operators will have to draw up a site plan for the new lot. They’ll enlist the help of former food truck owner Marni Graves, who recently returned to her career in architecture.

Graves and the food truck owners, with the help of Temple authorities, will determine how to provide electrical outlets for the trucks. Since the Masonic lodge wants to provide table seating and bathrooms, it will have to be inspected by the city as well.

Camp said he also thinks the parking lot will be ideal for a new farmers market — one that sells only non-genetically modified food items, which he hopes would be a great resource for downtown chefs.

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