Oswego Business Woman Has Plans for Vacant Downtown Lot
Jun 26, 2015 02:51PM ● Published by Steven Jack
The vacant lot at 55 Main St. will soon be home to Eat Street Oswego — a food truck lot that will host a rotating variation of cuisine. (Submitted photo)
Just months after the purchase and redevelopment of the long-vacant Fire Barn along Main Street by Oswego Cyclery owner Art Black, another long-time Oswego business owner has purchased the adjacent empty lot and has plans for a food truck lot.
Kandra Witkowski, owner of Pooper Scoopers and Breyne Lawn Service, announced Thursday she had purchased the lot at 55 Main St., and hopes by August to open Eat Street Oswego, which will simultaneously feature several rotating food trucks.
“We are working with an engineer, but plan to have a driveway of some type installed (on the lot),” Witkowski said. “The rest of the lot will be grassy. We'll get a bunch of picnic tables with umbrellas so people can either grab food on the go or eat and enjoy the downtown.”
Witkowski said she’s had her eye on the lot.
“We’ve seen that lot downtown for years, and I probably go past it 30 times a week,” she said. “It’s always been for sale and I just know there is a value in it. My husband, Randy, had always wanted to open a hot dog stand or barbecue truck, but isn’t going to quit his full-time job. So this is a way to kind of bring that to downtown Oswego.”
With the development, Witkowski said she hopes to attract loyal food truck followers from around the suburbs to the downtown, especially during the many events that are planned every year along Main Street and in Hudson Crossing Park.
“I feel like our downtown maybe isn’t being utilized to its full potential,” she said. “We have so many great events every year, and I’d like them to get the pull they deserve.”
Planning for Eat Street Oswego is still underway, and Witkowski said she’s still not sure of the hours of operation, but she’s hoping eventually the lot will have trucks year round for lunch and dinner. Witkowski also said she envisions other events like food truck cook-offs, kids activities and potentially live music.
To follow the progress of Eat Street Oswego, make sure to like its Facebook page.