Behind the Scenes: Zócalo Food Park

Zócalo Food Park is located in a neighborhood that has experienced growth and revitalization over the past few years.
Zócalo Food Park is located in a neighborhood that has experienced growth and revitalization over the past few years. Credit: Jake Hill

Last updated on September 11th, 2019 at 10:57 am

A once-vacant 7,000-square-foot lot in Walker’s Point was recently transformed into Milwaukee’s first food truck park.

Zócalo Food Park opened in July at 636 S. Sixth St. It includes six local vendors: Bowl Cut, a new Asian rice bowl concept; Fontelle’s, a burger-and-fry eatery; Mazorca LLC, a taco truck that first opened in Walker’s Point in 2017; Scratch Ice Cream, a local ice cream producer that operates a vendor stand at Crossroads Collective food hall on Milwaukee’s East Side; and Ruby’s Bagels, a new scratch-made bagel concept.

Ruby’s Bagels is the first participant in Zócalo’s Incubator Food Truck Program, which aims to support local food industry startups as they scale their business.

“If someone has an idea for a concept that they want to prove out, a trailer or a truck is a really great way to see if that works,” said real estate developer Sean Phelan, who operates the park with Jesús González.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.