SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Food trucks pulled up to the curb for the first time at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday, greeted by enthusiastic passengers and airport workers.
Airport officials asked Off The Grid, which organizes street food vendor locations around the city, to help provide the 30,000 people who work at the airport with more options for lunch.
The inaugural event featured Boardwalk Eats and Curry Up Now parked outside the old Starbucks near the Terminal One departures area, the spot airport security has identified as a safe one for flying foodies.
A spokeswoman for Off The Grid said two different trucks will be at the airport every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with plans to add more if the lines start to rival the ones at the TSA screening area.
Next week, a Kung Fu Tacos will be at the airport along with the Mexican-Filipino fusion truck Señor Sisig.
Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the trucks offer locally produced food and support local businesses. “Let’s give (passengers) some other new cuisine options,” he said.
The trucks will be at Terminal 1 for a four-week trial period.
After that, airport officials will confer with the Off the Grid team to determine if the program should continue based on sales and other factors, Yakel said.
The trucks are open to airport employees and travelers in a pre-security area. Tables and chairs have been set up for diners.
Yakel said that usually, passengers prefer to eat after they have checked in for their flights, but that the appeal of the food trucks may tempt hungry travelers to fuel up before heading through security.
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