Opening of a new fleet of food trucks for dinner at the parish of Terrebonne

GRAY, Louisiana (AP) – There’s a new food truck park in town.

985 Eats Food Truck Park is open 11 am to 2 pm weekdays at 302 Trinity Lane in Gray, off La. 24 northbound near US 90. It is not far from the UPS building and the Terrebonne animal shelter.

Park founders Judith and Mike Lewis, also of Big Mike’s BBQ restaurants in Houma and Thibodaux, said it’s something they’ve been talking about for some time.

Judith Lewis said they wanted to give the community and young entrepreneurs the opportunity to test the food business while not having a lot of overhead. And the location in Gray provides another place to eat for people working in nearby businesses.

“We’re known for our cuisine here in Louisiana, and it’s a shame that there aren’t many outlets for people who have the passion and love for food to be able to express their creativity and want to work and support themselves, ”she said.

Lewis hopes residents will be receptive to the variety the food truck park can bring.

“We want to bring more of that. The community wants more from this type of business. It’s fresh, it’s new. It’s innovative, ”Lewis said. “We really want people to be excited about this. “

The park is under a smooth opening, with more vendors expected to join soon. Two trucks now sell their wares at the park: Body by Thomas and Jones Specialty Foods.

Body by Thomas owner Thomas Nguyen said his goal is to promote healthy eating. Its popular dishes include grilled shrimp, vegetables and jasmine rice, as well as Vietnamese eggrolls.

“Health is wealth,” Nguyen said. “And I want to make it easy and accessible for people.”

Jones Specialty Foods owner Stephen “Mike” Jones Sr. said he was cooking at his home for the first time during the pandemic and the food truck arrived in June. Its first big event served over 600 plates of jambalaya covered by donations after Hurricane Ida.

During the winter holidays, his son also helped him with the truck.

“It’s great to see someone walk away from the window with their food, get a great review and have loyal customers,” Jones said.

Its offerings include pulled pork, cheese “loaded” fries, fried chicken, kidney beans and rice and more. Everything is fresh.

“It was a great trip,” Jones said. “I see people eating together and talking to people. “

Visit 985 Eats Food Truck Park, Jones Specialty Foods, and Body by Thomas on their Facebook pages.

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