Add a Couple of Food Trucks and You’ve got an Instant Destination

Yesterday, while attending the Preservation Awards ceremony at Kleinhans, I couldn’t help but notice the linen-set tables that were lining the reflecting pool. While I chatted with the individuals about their significant projects, I kept looking back at the tables, imagining that they were filled with people, eating and drinking, as they sat in front of the remarkable Saarinen-designed concert hall.

If you recall, I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago describing what I felt was an opportunity to take a Buffalo landmark and capitalize on it by rolling up some food trucks on Saturdays and Sundays. I recall that one commenter felt that the initiative might take away from the restaurants in Allentown, but I feel that “the rising tide floats all boats”, and that by turning Kleinhans into a beehive of activity during the day on weekends, the entire community would benefit. People would come from all over the region to sit by this architectural masterpiece, located at the end of an Olmsted Parkway, under the watchful eye of First Presbyterian Church.

Bike lanes on Porter and Richmond make it is easy for people to get to the site on two wheels, and there is parking in the back that is always empty when there is not a performance underway.

Kleinhans, if you’re listening, I’m going to be reaching out to see if there is any way something like this might be at all possible.

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Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Catalyst behind the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette. Themed New Years mayhem at various locations. Next up: Porchfest... Also offers package tours of the city for groups or individuals. Contact Newell Nussbaumer | Newell@BuffaloRising.com

12 comments
proudwasp
proudwasp

I am not for this idea. This is not a public space. This is a space that belongs to the patrons of The Buffalo Philharmonic. Really, food trucks, bicycles. Next you will be promoting wading the reflection pool as a way to cool the masses. Please, we need to elevate not bring everything in life to the lowest common denominator. Have some respect for the cultured who have maybe outgrown the 70's.


OtherSide
OtherSide

Prospect Park, Front Park, Lasalle Park, the space between Days Park and Allen St if allowed, any of the surrounding community gardens all seem like better options and that's just with in shouting distance.  Why here? Why muck up the simple elegance of this spot?


The city should not waste money on buying tables for private businesses. It's absurd.

KristafromHudson
KristafromHudson

I also had visions of model remote control boats and sail boats patrolling the reflecting pool. Anyone know of a group that would like to do this for a weekend while having the food trucks?

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

I strongly agree with this.  What say after CNU is over, we grab some urban planning types and do a placemaking exercise for Symphony Circle & environs?  We can model it after the PPS placemaking sessions we did for the waterfront a few years ago.  Count me in.

grad94
grad94

agreed.  select weather-resistant folding chairs & tables that can be compactly stored and rolled out on racks to reduce the labor & space demands on kleinhans.

Rand503
Rand503

Actually, this place is a perfect park. If you have the elements of people and food and movable chairs and tables, it's quite similar to Bryant Park in New York City. It has all the bones of a Goodpark, meaning it has a water element it's in a great location, lots of people area in the neighborhood, there is some traffic but it's not overwhelming.

Davvid
Davvid

The city should buy folding tables and chairs like the ones in the linked image. Theyre lightweight and have a nice minimal aesthetic. They can be folded up and moved quickly to create temporary pop-up places that coincide with food trucks, farmers markets or festivals etc.

http://mirrormirrorblog.com/images/2014/03/newyorkcity-103.jpg

537MainSandra
537MainSandra

@proudwasp I agree with you....

While I love to hop on my bike or walk into Allentown and mix with others like myself who have not quite outgrown the 70s, I also like to don a perfectly fitting dress, carry an extremely over-priced handbag and sip champagne while awaiting a magical performance given by the BPO.  My husband would wear a tux if acceptable  - because there is a time and a place for culture and class and everyone should be a part of it.  Outdoor dining in this amazing setting would be perfect if it was black-tie optional with  perhaps an outdoor chef  rather than a food truck.  People passing by would be just as excited to know it was open to the public and they had an excuse to dress up.  And I promise to try to hide most - if not all of my tattoos!

Davvid
Davvid

I wonder if by making this into a "place making exercise", you are inviting people to overthink (and over-decorate) this spot. This may not be the right location for ping pong tables, for example.

Rand503
Rand503

I vote for an outdoor laundromat.

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