By Drew Broach | NOLA.com
The Fat City food truck festival, a new effort to enliven Metairie‘s former nightlife district, won approval Wednesday from the Jefferson Parish Council. It is scheduled April 15 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
With no discussion or opposition, the council exempted Fat City from strict rules on rolling restaurants, permitted Drago’s Foundation to host the rally and let Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng erect temporary signs in the 5th Council District to promote the event.
It’s the first government-organized attraction for Fat City since Greater New Orleans Inc.brought a Times Square booster to town in November to brainstorm improvements for the area. The council rezoned Fat City in 2010, establishing earlier closing hours for bars and running off “adult businesses,” but there has been little concrete action since. A task force is still working on a framework for the future.
The April 15 festival will take place in the parking lot in the southeast corner of the intersection of 18th Street and Edenborn Avenue, Lee-Sheng said. The property is owned by Tommy Cvitanovich, who operates Drago’s restaurant about a block to the east. The New Orleans food truck coalition expects to send 10 to 15 mobile meal vendors.
If it’s successful, organizers say, regular rallies could be held once a month on Monday nights, possibly with live music.