RIDGEFIELD — Carts by the Park recently opened in downtown Ridgefield, bringing expanded eating options to the community at 219 Pioneer St., across from City Hall.
The food cart pod includes Sugars Barbecue, Little Conejo Norte, and Drinks by the Park, a beverage truck. There’s also a small spot for rotating cart pop-ups. The owners hope to fill the space with a fourth permanent truck by the end of the year.
Kristen Riggs, owner of the Olde Library Inn, Ryan Zygar, founder of Tieton Homes, and Braden Hurt, owner of Chuck’s Heating & Cooling, along with Hurt’s wife, Amy, built the pod to create a greater variety of dining options for downtown Ridgefield.
“We’re big foodies, so we love great food,” said Riggs. “Viejo does the best grilled jalapenos, I love Vinnie’s salad, I always get the club sandwich at the Sportsman, and Pioneer Cafe has great pies, but I wanted to have other options that don’t require a long drive.”
The group sought food trucks through Facebook Marketplace and a food cart platform. Lynnae Oxley-Loupe, of Battle Ground-based Sugars Barbecue, responded immediately. Since opening her business in 2006, she’s been a Gold Medal Games finalist on “Chopped” and appeared on “BBQ Brawl — Flay vs. Symon” and “BBQ Pitmasters.”
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