Food parks seem to be the next big trend in dining, with spots like Bridgeview Box Park and Covington Yard opening in Greater Cincinnati in the past year or so.
Now, Cincinnati's deep East Side is about to get their own and it will be "one of the largest outdoor beer and live music venues in the Tri-State," according to a release.
Clear Mountain Food Park is slated to open at 11 a.m. July 23 on a lot that once held a Gold Star chili. Located at the corner of Old State Route 32 and Half-Acre Road in Batavia, the park will feature a rotating variety of food trucks (for lunch and dinner), live music, outdoor games and "indoor/outdoor beverage stations." The website promises local craft and national beers, plus wine and spirits.
Food trucks parked at the grand opening include A Lil' Taste of Soul, Bangin' Burgers, Folks-N'-Motion, Hey Grill Hey!, Mama Bears Mac (runner up for Cincinnati's best mac and cheese in this year's Best Of Cincinnati issue) and Mom Makes Mean Melts. (The upcoming food truck schedule can be found at clearmountainfoodpark.com.)
Opening festivities continue through the weekend with live music from Partytown on Friday and Shawn Belland Blowin' Them Damn Fuses on Saturday on a stage located in a converted shipping container.
Obviously, the two-lot location has undergone significant renovations since its days as a chili parlor.
The space now features indoor and outdoor seating, including picnic tables, tables with shade umbrellas and tables set up in recreated truck beds; firepits; greenery; outdoor lighting; a playground; and interesting decor including artistically rusted trucks along the fence.
For more information, including a calendar with upcoming food trucks and live music, visit clearmountainfoodpark.com.
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