Undeterred by a zoning snag it encountered at the former Innsbrook After Hours property, an upstart food truck park is now planning to open in a different spot a short distance away.
The Glades, which would include a farmers market, food trucks and other amenities, is preparing to open at 4991 Lake Brook Drive in mid-October.
Previously The Glades planned to open at the former concert venue site at 4901 Lake Brook Drive, where it had hoped to be up and running this month. Founder Phu Nguyen said the relocation came in response to the discovery that the former concert venue site wasn’t zoned appropriately for The Glades concept.
“I wasn’t aware of that until the county brought it up to me. We found (a site) more suitable for what we’re trying to do and we’re working around that,” Nguyen said.
A farmers market, rather than a food truck park, is now planned to be the first phase of the project as The Glades rethinks the order it rolls out the various elements envisioned as part of the concept.
The food truck park originally envisioned as the venture’s first act is planned to follow later because it’s anticipated to be faster to get the necessary county approval for a farmers market, Nguyen said. The farmers market is also expected to feature food trucks, outdoor picnic tables and string lighting.
The original vision of The Glades remains broadly the same. Nguyen plans a phased approach to build out of the concept to include live music performances, a dog park, kids’ play area and other features in addition to the farmers market and food truck park. The Glades will also feature seating areas and décor, and is expected ultimately to be a seven-figure investment.
The new location of The Glades is a grassy area with a hill that sits between two large office buildings, North Shore I and North Shore II, and Lake Rooty, which Nguyen said presents opportunities and challenges.
“It’s a huge area of green pasture. We’re right in front of a lake. There’s also a hill, so that gives us the amphitheater infrastructure to begin with,” Nguyen said. “The difficulty of the new location is trying to have some cohesiveness between what we’re trying to do and what’s already existing. That’s really the most difficult aspect from a design standpoint. We want there to be harmony in the design.”
The property is owned by Highwoods Properties, and The Glades has a five-year lease on the site, Nguyen said.
The Glades now expects to operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
The former Innsbrook After Hours site, meanwhile, remains part of a 34-acre assemblage that’s teed up for mixed-use development by Highwoods and Massachusetts-based firm Northland. In 2022, Highwoods sold 22 acres of the site to Northland, which is planning to bring retail and residential development to the property.
The Innsbrook After Hours property is slated for eventual office development by Highwoods.