Food Trucks Cater to Sea-Tac Motorists

If you’ve ever gone to the airport to pick someone up only to find their flight has been delayed, you might understand why the Port of Seattle has decided to roll out a pilot program which would place food trucks in the cell phone lot at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The three-month trial partnership between the port and the Washington State Food Truck Association would place several local food trucks in the airport’s parking lot — located on South 170th Street off the Airport Expressway and dedicated to motorists who are waiting to pick up an arriving passenger — twice a day, seven days a week.

“It’s a great way to take a bite out of your wait and enjoy some great food options you might not be aware of,” Port of Seattle commissioner Stephanie Bowman said in a statement. “This is another opportunity to grow local, small business activity at the airport and improve the experience for users of the cell phone lot.”

Sea-Tac was one of the very first airports in the nation to launch a cell phone lot in 2014. However, it seems that it has followed the example of other large airports in this latest pilot.

“I don’t see why we can’t build on the successes of other food truck programs at similar airports,” said Lori Johnson, the director of the Washington State Food Truck Association. “Local food trucks offer a unique experience and are most often operated by small business owners passionate about sharing their culinary art with people in their community. Food trucks have really captured the public’s attention, largely due to the quality of their food and to the creativity they bring to their menu.”

Venders include Ezells Express II, Boss Mama’s Kitchen, The Grilled Cheese Experience, The People’s Burger, and Romin Rome, with the possibility of others being added. Service at the lot will run from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5–11 p.m. daily. For a daily schedule of vendors, visit Best Food Trucks online.

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