Lake Norman & Mooresville

Lunch in the Lot is back in Cornelius

Stephanie Wetzel, owner of the Juan Taco food truck, prepares ingredients for the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group Lunch in the Lot at Oak Street Mill on April 8. Lunch in the Lot is held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday.
Stephanie Wetzel, owner of the Juan Taco food truck, prepares ingredients for the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group Lunch in the Lot at Oak Street Mill on April 8. Lunch in the Lot is held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday. MARTY PRICE

Warmer weather has prompted the return of the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group’s “Lunch in the Lot.”

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday the community is invited to eat lunch together at the Oak Street Mill. The featured trucks rotate each week.

On April 8 owner Stephanie Wetzel was working in the Juan Taco food truck, prepping for what she hoped would be a big crowd. Wetzel said she is a single mother, served Lunch in the Lot once last year and returned because “the crowds were good.”

She only brings her food truck out for proven, money-making events.

There’s seating along the deck in front of the mill, and the Kadi Fit building opens its garage door and sets up tables for people to eat in the shade.

“We are trying to enhance Old Town Cornelius through art and cultural events like this,” said Jessica Boye, communications coordinator for the arts group. She said they usually attract about 100 to 200 people. She also emails the menus to people to entice them to come out.

Matt Milburn, owner of Parker, Banner Kent & Wayne Comics & Games, brought his daughter, Zoe, 14. He said he always comes for Juan Taco, and even posts on his website to encourage others to check it out.

“This is only the start, with a lot more to come,” arts group founder Case Warnemunde said. “I hope attendance will pick up and we can add more trucks.”

Among those who came to the second Lunch in the Lot for 2015 was Wendy Cross, who was picking up lunch for herself and her coworkers at Paystar Logistics.

“We like it. We had it before and she is really good,” Cross said. Wetzel said that business was brisk with more than 50 meals sold in the first 90 minutes.

As Charu Kumarhia was placing her order, her son, Akash Eggers, 3, watched through the window from the back seat of her SUV. He licked his lips in anticipation of the food he would soon have for lunch.

On April 15 the featured food truck will be Ruthie’s of Charlotte, southern cooking with a twist, followed on April 22 by Maryland Crab Co. and its fresh seafood April 22.

Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at martyprice53@gmail.com

Learn more:

To receive emails about the upcoming menus and other CCAG events email Jessica Boye at info@weareccag.org

Web page: www.weareccag.org

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Cornelius-Cultural-Arts-Group/224011351087123

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