Elizabethton, TN

Open Air Market at Elizabethton's New Food Truck Park

John M. Dabbs

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Time to fill the seats at "the bus station"Project MOVE/Chasity Thompson

Project MOVE is working with Hannon Howard and Terry Stines to revive and repurpose Elizabethton's historic "bus station" property at 420 East E Street.

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Project Move/Chasity Thompson

The Open Air Market will serve as a street food park and artisan hub where friends and families can come together. It's the perfect place to trade, peruse, and grab some grub. The market will begin routine gatherings this spring and be christened with its first food truck fest on May 12.

Start your weekends with "Evenings on Elk" each Thursday from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Open Air Market. The new concept for Elizabethton brings a permanent food truck park to the city. It's a great place to try new cuisine, different vendors and enjoy local musicians each week.

Food truck fest

The May 12 music will be provided by musician Tim Nave, and the food truck lineup includes:

  • Dips
  • Fork in the Road
  • Hound Dogs
  • Los Politos Locos
  • Misos
  • Sideshow Station
  • The Comfy Chef
  • The Spicy Chicken
  • Whiskey Kitchen

Revitalizing the community

Chasity Thompson began Project Move and started "moving" in April of 2019 with the purpose of bringing in revenue and revitalizing the spirit of community while utilizing the evening hours. With the help of the Vera Peters, local downtown businesses, organizations and volunteers, Evenings On Elk became known for a fun night out for all ages with tons of activities, local music and of course food trucks.

Much like the original Evenings On Elk events, Project Move continues to provide the atmosphere and fellowship the locals have come to enjoy at the Open Air Market. Thompson will host food, farmers' markets, artists, and specialty items.

The event can be found on Facebook and will give insight into what trucks and vendors are expected each time. The owners have big plans for revitalizing the property, but things take time. Hopefully the community will be patient and understanding. The community can show their support each Thursday to help get the community moving.

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