Edison Street food park under development in Kennewick
More opportunities are coming for food truck vendors and those who love to frequent them.
Bush Developments is building a food truck park, along with a three-suite building at West Okanogan Place, near Kamiakin High School and just off Edison Street in Kennewick.
Blake Bush of Bush Developments said the food park – which includes a parking lot all ready to go – has a value of $700,000, including the land. The building project is $1.5 million, including land value, he said.
The adjacent food truck park – to be called Edison Food Park – will have space for six trucks. Two tenants have already signed on for a two-year lease.
The Local Bite, which serves up American and pub fare from a food truck, will launch a new food trailer, Tropic Hunger, featuring Hawaiian plate lunches.
The other tenant, Los 3 Amigos, will serve Mexican food.
“We need to have six different types of food in those trucks,” Bush said. “People could come to lunch each day and have something different to eat.”
The food truck park will be ready to go sometime later this spring “as it requires a lot less development. We should have the final permits in about six weeks.”
The new building is expected to be completed in January 2024.
It already has two tenants – JayDay Cafe and Boba, and The Local Bite.
JayDay will operate a drive-through boba tea cafe with baked goods.
There is an available space in between the two restaurants.
“It’s a unique spot,” Bush said.
Hummel Construction is the general contractor, MMEC is the project architect, and Knutzen Engineering is the civil engineer.
The building will be under the brand of Fat Cat Suites and next door to office space sharing the same name.
Bush is building the original Fat Cat Suites with office space.
Fat Cat has one suite, and White Glove Detailing has two.
It was a $2.5 million project.
Blake Bush said the Fat Cat name comes from the Bush brothers “uncle” Steve, who happens to be his father Tim Bush’s best friend. He lives in Boise.
El Fat Cat Grill, a food truck at 539 N. Edison St. is a separate business.
“He used the name and had a design company do a logo probably, 17, 18 years ago,” Blake said. “It was never a business at that point. He just named a building Fat Cat Enterprises, made shirts and hats with the logo on it.”
Steve’s nickname was Fat Cat, and he used to sponsor Little League teams with that name, added Blake.
“When we wanted to brand our new garages and buildings we were doing, that name sounded like a great name to make our stuff feel like a destination place,” Blake said.
So the brothers – Blake and TJ – asked him if they could use the name and his logo.
“And of course he was super excited to let us keep the brand going,” Blake said.
The new project continues a trend of developing the area across the railroad tracks near Kamiakin High.
Land across the cul de sac from Fat Cat Suites is also owned by Bush Developments, but Blake says they won’t do anything with it until after this latest project is completed.
“The area near Kamiakin High School is becoming busier,” he said. “Our view is that we have businesses here to feed off of each other. You’ve got the sandwich shop, a coffee shop, the car wash that we used to own.
“We used to have 10,000 to 15,000 cars come through there a month. Bruchi’s is always slammed,” he said. “All these businesses will help each other.”