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Durango business welcomes food trucks to his parking lot

Meg Hilling
October 23, 2017 11:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It can be tough to get a new business off the ground, especially if that business resides in the food industry.

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So, in an effort to bring patrons a unique eating experience in the Four Corners region, one business is lending a hand to some new food trucks in town.

"I think it is a great place, great environment. (I) love the food trucks and it is a good place to hang out," a 11th Street Station customer said.

Some meals-on-wheels are laying on the brakes and putting it in park in downtown Durango, a result of a supportive decision by the owner of a local traditional restaurant to welcome the trucks to his parking lot.

"A lot of hoops to jump through to get it done,” said Beau, the owner of the food truck Backcountry Gourmet. “Here at Ernie's, he did a really nice job of getting through those loopholes and figured out a way to get food trucks to you guys."

Forming a food collective on Main Street, the Wisner family and their team at 11th Street Station are working to give small and new food vendors a chance to thrive.

"This kind of gives these, the smaller guys, a chance to break into the market – showcase his product and hopefully grow from this location into something bigger (and) better. We can kind of be that stepping stone for them," Marcos Wisner said.

Housing, Ernie’s, a ‘50s-themed bar and coffee shop, along with five food trucks, the business was already attracting a heavy amount of foot traffic on Monday.

"This part of Main Street is on that has been (in need of) some foot traffic and I think this is going to be able to create that," Jaime Wisner.

While most of the dining options on site won't open until noon each day, if you are looking for a coffee fix in the morning, you can swing by as early as 6:30 a.m.

"You can't necessarily visit Ernie’s once and say you've been here and seen it all," Marcos Wisner said.

 

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