Santa Rosa County residents, in particular in the south conclusion, have been contacting for a lot more food truck selections for a extensive time.
Regional businessman and longtime Navarre resident Steve Aitken is ultimately answering that contact.
Aitken, who at present owns Aitkens On Demand Landscaping and Lawncare solutions, verified to the Information Journal on Friday his most up-to-date venture in the south Santa Rosa business enterprise scape: GB Eatery Food Truck Plaza, slated to open this tumble.
GB Eatery will be found in Midway on Woodlawn Way and U.S. 98, close to Woodlawn Center University.
“We’re going to have 6 foods trucks, tons of landscaping and sitting down spots, pavilions and bogs,” Aitken claimed. “We’ll have TVs up below the pavilion location, tons of lights and stuff like that.”
Aitken said as before long as he started out chatting about his ideas in December 2020, he had “around 20 or so” food truck operators phone him about setting up a place. The meals vehicles he in the end went with will be completely stationed at GB Eatery and will have obtain to ability, drinking water, sewer, grease traps and all other facilities that a brick-and-mortar keep would have.
“We are just wanting to do anything smaller so folks can offer their art, and keep matters in the community and clearly show that we’re fantastic neighbors,” he explained.
The businessman mentioned he originally preferred to place a plant nursery or identical company on the great deal he owns at U.S. 98 and Woodlawn Way, because he is chaotic with his current landscaping business and did not want “any far more staff members,” he laughed.
Aitken said the food stuff truck notion is a way to provide a thing new to Santa Rosa County that it doesn’t currently have, even though also enabling him to simply just be a landlord.
He extra that he plans to throw a smaller arts festival or other variety of function in the slide for his grand opening celebration.
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“We’re just wanting to do something modest so individuals can market their artwork, and maintain factors in the group and present that we’re great neighbors,” he mentioned.
He’s spent the past various months working with Santa Rosa County’s organizing division and putting in the acceptable plumbing, retention pond and other requirements for the home.
“People are stoked. We’re becoming picky with what we have out there, it’s not likely to be a no cost-for-all, it’s likely to be wonderful,” he mentioned. “Nice vehicles, pleasant, good services. We just will need much more foodstuff in the place, which is a single of the causes I desired to do this. But I’ll admit, I didn’t truly know what I was acquiring myself into — when you say everything about food stuff wherever in Gulf Breeze or Santa Rosa County, whew, they (county people) truly give you their opinions.”
Aitken reported the thoughts about GB Eatery have been generally favourable so significantly, and he’s psyched to open up within just the upcoming few of months.
“We prepare on remaining open up regular small business hours, and we’re going to keep the men and women in the neighborhoods powering us joyful and every little thing like that,” he claimed. “We’re likely to do no matter what it requires to make this get the job done.”
Annie Blanks can be achieved at [email protected] or 850-435-8632.