It’s time to explore the idea of food trucks near the ferry terminal.
It’s easy to make the case that Edmonds is a destination city for a number of reasons, one being that is a commuting hub: Community Transit, Sounder and the ferries. The Edmonds/Kingston ferry had the second highest ridership in 2018, just behind the Seattle-Bainbridge Island route (4,225,624 and 6,355,278, respectively). By default, we have a captive audience twice a day for those going to and from work. There was also a report recently that passengers are experiencing longer wait times due to a rotation of smaller vessels being used.
Yet, local businesses haven’t been able to capitalize on the opportunity to benefit from this.
I would argue that there are a couple of businesses that may have experience an uptick due to convenience and location: the drive-thru Starbucks on Edmonds Way and Spud Fish and Chips. There are not many fast-casual restaurants along the route from I-5 to the terminal. There are great restaurants in and around Harbor Square, but the limited time riders may have doesn’t create many viable options.
Over the past couple of years, several local food vendors with brick-and-mortar locations and/or that offer catering have expanded their services with food trucks. Having the option to have these trucks located near the ferry offers time-friendly options for commuters as well as provide opportunities to promote their larger businesses. It also provides options for those who live in the area to partake in the selections. Other businesses in the area could also partner with the food truck vendors to have promotional materials available with a “stay longer” message for the Friday commute home.
With the closure of the Copper Pot (and the rumor that a Mexican restaurant could move in to that space), this would be a great time to pilot a food truck program, with “express” items to help prevent vehicle-loading delays. A rotation of two to three trucks during the 4 p.m.-7 p.m. commute time for 60 days perhaps? Though some permissions will need to be granted to make this happen, it is certainly an executable idea.