The planned complex would include six food trucks and the venue would serve beer and wine
An Eagle Creek resident offers a new six-cart food pod with an indoor dining area on a vacant lot at 245 Route 224 near the Red Fox Motel.
“Estacada continues to grow in population and diversify in age,” said Henry Fancher of Eagle Creek in a land use application he submitted to the town of Estacada for the potential new food cart pod. .
“Our plan is for Estacada Commons to become a unifying anchor for the community,” Fancher’s application states.
The Estacada Planning Commission approved Fancher’s plan at its meeting on Thursday, April 7.
It is now being transferred to the Downtown Estacada Commission for a design review, once Fancher submits detailed plans. The project will need to meet downtown design requirements such as building height and color palette and code requirements such as adding sidewalks.
Fancher acknowledges “there is no shortage of food cart options in Estacada.” But, he notes his proposed resort will bring “a centralized location with a permanent indoor dining area where families can enjoy the varied cuisine on offer.”
In an interview with Estacada News, Fancher, 40, said his family appreciates a food cart setup at Happy Valley similar to what he offers for Estacada.
He pointed out that Estacada Commons would be a family dining venue.
“Everyone in the family can get whatever food they want. Adults can chill and have a beer and there are kids running around,” he said. The weather-protected dining area makes it a pleasant experience, he added.
The proposed indoor dining area is 1,800 square feet and will include long communal dining tables, pinball machines, restrooms, and bar service serving wine and draft beer, depending on the application.
Estacada Commons would be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, according to the proposal.
Fancher’s family owns the property where the potential Estacada Commons would sit.
If Estacada Commons becomes a reality, it will join Estacada’s other food cart pod, Lumber Yard Food Cart Pod, which opened Saturday, September 18, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Zobrist Street. The Lumber Yard module includes Kellan’s Dogs, Sabor Yucateco, Bobablast and M and D’s Downhome BBQ.
Fancher said he would speak with carts already open in Estacada to see if they would like to move to Estacada Commons before recruiting new food trucks to the proposed module.
Although the Estacada Commons carts are responsible for their own staffing needs, Fancher’s request said the Commons would hire employees to serve liquor, clean buses and tables, empty trash cans, and other duties. It specifically studies job opportunities for Estacada High School students.
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