Flowers plans to emulate concepts like Meeting Street Eats with bistro lights and a concrete platform for dining. He also wants to have a stage for live music, a sound system, and a two-story shipping container with a rooftop, a space where food truck patrons can actually hang out. "It will be a cool amenity for North Charleston," he says. "It’s a block away from Restaurant Depot, it's a route all the food trucks already use and are familiar with — if you run out of supplies there's a major wholesale supplier right there."
With plenty of car traffic nearby, the busy location seems prime for a flock of food trucks, and it's only a few minutes from downtown and a couple blocks from I-26. Flowers hopes that once he has a number of trucks on board, the customer base will build organically, "people will want to see what's going on." Flowers thinks it will be appealing for tourists, too.
He says he's going to offer the taste of Charleston in one spot — seafood and soul food and breakfast.
"I want to get a lot of the major people who you think of around Charleston — Bertha's and Martha Lou and maybe do a 'soul food Sunday,'" he says.
You will be able to snag your garlic crabs and jumbo shrimp from the vacant lot at 3517 Meeting Street Road starting next month. Flowers says he'll set up shop first, laying the groundwork for other trucks to follow. Racks' garlic crabs will also be available at this month's Food Truck Rodeo — Flowers hopes he can use the event to spread the word about his new project.
"I know a lot of trucks would love a permanent space," he says. "Especially people who have built a following, they can build off of that. We'll have a centralized location with an actual address with set hours of operation that we will commit to." No more stalking Flowers' Instagram, garlic crab devotees.