Alfresco food court to open first food trailer in February

January 7, 2013

Alfresco Jan 7
Alfresco’s, the food court on the corner of Palafox and Main streets, is close to opening, at least partially. Two Airstream trailers are being placed on the property.

Z Taco, with a Fresh Mex menu, is set to open late February. Gouda Stuff, with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, will open in March. Alfresco’s owner, Michael Carro, told the IN that he has spaces for two more AirStreams and has yet to determine what their menus will be.

Also, Jerry Misteretta, whose restaurant Jerry’s Cajun Café closed in June 2012, will be opening in early February a new restaurant in back of the old Trader Jon’s building. It will open onto Alfresco’s food court and have limited inside seating.

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  • jeeperman January 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    There are always exceptions to the norm in what we see come to town as gypsy food vendors.
    Hopefully these food court vendors will show Pensacola how it can be done good and right if one wants to.

  • Eric January 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    it is ridiculous and out of line to call food trucks,”glorified fair food”, and goes to show just how out of the loop we have become. Food trucks are one of the clearest signals you can send that your city supports small businesses, has an eclectic and vibrant culinary community, is a pedestrian city in which people use sidewalks.

    Portland, Or is the best example of urban planning in the united states, one of the best public transit systems, high college graduation rate, number 2 bike friendly city in the world, and guess what, food truck capital of the world. Campbell’s soup also launched special food trucks to reach,”foodies”(ok, hate that term) with new lines of soup. Because the food truck arrived as a respectable urban enterprise well before the arrived in pensacola.

  • jeeperman January 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Fair enough, Nic and Jay,
    Now, I just can’t see the brick & mortar eateries being to happy to see some glorified fairfood operators setting up shop within walking distance.
    No mortgage, low rent, no insurance, no property taxes, less red tape regulations from the city/county/state and health departments. It is not cheap to operate in any building on Palafox and then these types roll in to steal your potential income at cut rate expenses?

  • Nic January 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

    The other business should be thrilled. The more there is to do downtown the more people will come back. Pensacola is on the verge of becoming a major tourist destination. I talk to a lot of people who have vacationed for years in Destin or Panama City and are starting to consider Pensacola because there is more to do. Let’s keep these new businesses coming.

  • Jay Richards January 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

    These semi-permanent trailers do a fantastic business over at Seaside. They setup in an area right on 30-A across the street from a complex containing several bars and restaurants and there seems to be enough business for everyone. One of the trailers there also serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and they is always a line, they are delicious and affordable. I like to see in area designated for these trailers closer to the ball park, they would do a killer business on game days!

  • jeeperman January 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    So how do the other eatery operators in the area feel about this ?

  • Slice o pie January 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Oops – clerk’s employees just lost their lunch money……

  • Cal Robinson January 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    With spring around the corner, it will be nice having more outdoor dining options to enjoy the weather before it turns too hot and humid.

    I’m looking forward to trying them both!