HIGHLAND PARK — For the past five years, food trucks and their fans have gathered at the back of a shopping center at York Boulevard and Figueroa Street for a weekly celebration of mobile cuisine. Last week, however, Mong Skillman, organizer of the Tuesday night Eat @ Fig & York event, was told by the property manager that the trucks would have to find a new home, prompting Skillman to cancel this week’s gathering and scramble to find another location. “It was super important to me to keep it going,” said Skillman, who owns the Mandoline Grill food truck.
The owner of the Ahn Joo food truck began Eat & Fig & York in partnership with the former Figueroa Produce market, but Skillman has been the only organizer of the food truck lot for the past few years. Skillman said the shopping center property manager gave several reasons for forcing the food truck event to move, including the upcoming opening of a new restaurant into the complex.
“I went to four different surrounding properties in the area to see if anyone was willing to host the food trucks,” Skillman said via email. One of those property owners, Good Shepard School on Figueroa, agreed to host the food trucks on its property, which is located a short walk from the old food truck lot.
“We’ll be donating a part of our sales to the school,” Skillman said. “There will also be parking for customers in the same parking lot that you enter through the alley way.”
The first food truck event at the new location is scheduled for next Tuesday on July 26 under a slightly different name: Eat & Fig.
The food trucks scheduled to be there next Tuesday are:
- Mandoline Grill
- India Jones
- The Grilled Cheese Truck
- Peaches Truck
- The Boba Truck
- Stickhouse Gelato
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