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Food Truck Fridays a Monthly Hit in Johns Creek- Gwinnett Daily Post

By Frank Reddy

Braving high temperatures at lunchtime Friday, hundreds walked from nearby businesses along Johns Creek Parkway in Technology Park to grab a bite to eat at the Johns Creek Food Truck Friday event.

Bethany Lavigno Hountz, economic development manager with Johns Creek Advantage, said it was well attended and going well as of noon.

“It’s a different kind of lunchtime experience you can’t have anywhere else in Johns Creek,” Hountz said. “Lots of employees from lots of different companies have come out. They’re mingling as they eat.”

Brian Oldt, an employee of Alcon, said the event was “great” and “very walkable” from his place of business.

Sam Johnson, who also walked from a nearby business, said he planned on sampling small dishes from every truck, which meant a mixture of hamburgers, barbecue, Vietnamese fare and popsicles.

“The real trick,” Johnson said, laughing, “is seeing how I feel when I get back to work. It’ll be a challenge to not fall asleep.”

Added Johnson: “That’s why God made coffee.”

Rick Truhn, who was visiting from Cumming on Friday with his son who lives in Johns Creek, said “the whole experience … was amazing. Just a very great event, and I hope it’s something the people here will embrace, because it’s amazing food and a lot of fun.”

Truhn said he ate Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ for lunch.

Smokin’ Mo (August) himself — the owner of the aforementioned food truck — said events like Friday’s gathering in Technology Park are great for the community.

“Everybody looks forward to it,” August said. “We love it, of course, because it’s nonstop business.”

Pausing mid-chew, Caroline Hooper described the difference between going to a sit-down restaurant and going to Food Truck Friday.

“It’s more social,” Hooper said. “You come out here, and you just might run into somebody you know … a coworker or somebody you went to school with. Who knows? If you went to a restaurant, you’d just stay in your booth with whoever you came with.”

Added Hooper: “This feels more like you’re here with the people who live and work nearby, and you’re a part of that. And it’s close to where I work. I can walk right down the street and be here in five minutes. It’s awesome.”

That’s the idea, according to Hountz.

“(Attendees) really like to be able to walk. We did that purposefully, because there is no onsite parking. We’re promoting the walkability within tech park … so, you can eat at each food truck; if you walk here and walk back, you’ll burn it off,” Hountz said, laughing.

The next Food Truck Friday is scheduled for Aug. 5.

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