9 Mile Garden, St. Louis’ First Food Truck Garden, to Open July 3

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  • The 9 Mile Garden will open on July 3rd, just in time for the Independence Day celebrations.

After seven months of anticipation, St. Louis food truck fans will soon have reason to celebrate: 9 Mile Garden (9375 Gravois Road, Affton), the state’s first food truck garden, is slated to open on July 3rd become.

The organizers of 9 Mile Garden announced the opening date yesterday and recorded a weekend full of opening celebrations, including musical performances, charity events, activities, an outdoor movie screening and of course, delicious food. The garden is open for lunch on the first day, a Friday, and for lunch and dinner all weekend.

“We’re excited to open our doors and bring a new meeting place to St. Louis,” said Brian Hardesty, general manager of 9 Mile Garden and co-owner of Guerrilla Street Food, in a press release announcing the opening. The chef also emphasized the garden’s focus on health and safety as it faces a food landscape transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanitizing stations, masks, social distancing, and tables apart are the norm as he and the 9 mile team work to make them as safe as possible.

First announced last November, 9 Mile Garden is a collaboration between Hardesty and Seneca Commercial Real Estate, which owns the Affton shopping center where the garden will be located. The idea stems from the realization that the food trucks that make up the city’s vibrant mobile culinary scene needed the stability of a dedicated location, as well as the need for a family-friendly destination for dining and entertainment in St. Louis.

Thirty trucks – including Guerrilla Street Food, Farmtruk, Seoul Taco and Red Dirt Revival – will drive around the garden six days a week. The canteen, the garden’s beverage-focused draft house, also opens on July 3 and offers craft beer, wine, cocktails, and blueprint coffee.

Visit 9milegarden.com to watch 9 Mile Garden open and see the list of trucks that will be spinning throughout the venue.

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