The hum of generators and the clinking of deep fryer baskets is back, Buffalo.
"It's nice to show off what we do and make ourselves bigger outside of Rochester," Scott Phomvongsa, with Roll’n Deep food truck said.
Phomvongsa decided 2019 is the year to roll up his truck Roll'n Deep.
"We're pretty unique, we do a bubble tea and Asian fusion," Phomvongsa said.
- Food Truck Tuesday returns to Larkin Square through Oct. 1
- Nearly a dozen new trucks join the menu of around 50 restaurants on wheels
- Tuesday night event has led to more development for Larkinville as a whole
His truck puts a different spin on some culinary favorites, like Crab Rangoon nachos, or garbage plate egg rolls. Roll'n Deep is one of about 10 new trucks this season, in addition to the favorites like Cheesecake Guy.
"I think everyone in the community knows on Tuesday nights this is the place to be, whether it's here or Flying Bison," Matt Schelter, The Cheesecake Guy said.
That common knowledge has made for an extremely successful seven seasons. It, in turn, has helped truck owners like Schelter expand beyond six wheels.
"We now have two vehicles and we have expanded to do larger events,” Schelter said. “A brick and mortar store is in the future plans."
Just like Food Truck Tuesday and the trucks part of the event, the footprint of Larkinville is expanding, all the way to Seneca and Hydraulic streets.
"Adding the food truck event really put Larkinville on the map and people saw this as a destination," said Leslie Zemsky, the director of fun at Larkin Square.
Since 2013, when Buffalo's dinner party began, developers and entrepreneurs got a sense for how to revitalize the area to what it was like in the early 1900s, she said.
"Making a walk-able community, 24/7 active community, those are all our goals," Zemsky said.
Starting this summer, this gravel parking lot will start to grow vertically and be complete by December 2020.
"Those will be classic mixed-use buildings with apartments above and store fronts on the ground floor," Zemsky explained.
Paula’s Donuts will be one of the new development’s tenants, along with office space and 70 apartments.
"Rust Belt cities are having resurgence because they are authentic; we are not a re-created, all-new build," Zemsky said.