Proposed Innsbrook food truck park The Glades stalls out

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A rendering of The Glades proposed food truck park. The concept, which last year announced plans to open at an Innsbrook office park, is no longer moving forward at that location. (BizSense file)

A proposed food truck venue in Innsbrook has run out of gas.

The Glades, which was envisioned as a permanent park for food trucks to set up and serve nearby office workers and families at 4991 Lake Brook Drive, is no longer on the table.

The scrapped plans were confirmed recently by Jane DuFrane, Richmond market leader for Highwoods Properties, which owns the Lake Brook site.

Phu Nguyen, the local entrepreneur who had proposed The Glades concept, would not comment for this story.

In addition to food trucks, The Glades was to feature a farmers’ market, concerts and a kids’ play area in addition to seating and decor. Nguyen said last year he had planned to open it on a site next to the North Shore I and North Shore II buildings in mid-October. Nguyen had anticipated The Glades to be a seven-figure investment and would have been built out in phases over time.

But ultimately, the concept never moved forward there due to permitting issues with Henrico County, according to DuFrane. She said an operating agreement between Highwoods and The Glades was terminated in January.

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Phu Nguyen

Nguyen had originally hoped to open The Glades on the former Innsbrook After Hours property at 4901 Lake Brook Drive. But that initial effort was stopped by a zoning compliance issue, Nguyen said at the time.

Highwoods and Massachusetts-based firm Northland are planning a mixed-use development for a 34-acre area that includes that property.

While The Glades never opened at the North Shore buildings or Innsbrook After Hours site, it apparently operated a short-lived pop-up series at a nearby office at 4470 Cox Road, based on the company’s social media posts.

In early December, the venue announced on Facebook plans for a pop-up series, and then the next day posted a six-day schedule of food truck appearances at the Cox Road site, which participating food trucks also advertised online. That appeared to be the first and only period of activity for The Glades.

It wasn’t clear whether The Glades concept had been abandoned entirely, or if the venue as envisioned for the Lake Brook Drive site is planned to be opened in a new location. The Glades website was down as of this week, and on Google was listed as “temporarily closed.”

glades rendering 2 scaled Cropped

A rendering of The Glades proposed food truck park. The concept, which last year announced plans to open at an Innsbrook office park, is no longer moving forward at that location. (BizSense file)

A proposed food truck venue in Innsbrook has run out of gas.

The Glades, which was envisioned as a permanent park for food trucks to set up and serve nearby office workers and families at 4991 Lake Brook Drive, is no longer on the table.

The scrapped plans were confirmed recently by Jane DuFrane, Richmond market leader for Highwoods Properties, which owns the Lake Brook site.

Phu Nguyen, the local entrepreneur who had proposed The Glades concept, would not comment for this story.

In addition to food trucks, The Glades was to feature a farmers’ market, concerts and a kids’ play area in addition to seating and decor. Nguyen said last year he had planned to open it on a site next to the North Shore I and North Shore II buildings in mid-October. Nguyen had anticipated The Glades to be a seven-figure investment and would have been built out in phases over time.

But ultimately, the concept never moved forward there due to permitting issues with Henrico County, according to DuFrane. She said an operating agreement between Highwoods and The Glades was terminated in January.

phu nguyen headshot

Phu Nguyen

Nguyen had originally hoped to open The Glades on the former Innsbrook After Hours property at 4901 Lake Brook Drive. But that initial effort was stopped by a zoning compliance issue, Nguyen said at the time.

Highwoods and Massachusetts-based firm Northland are planning a mixed-use development for a 34-acre area that includes that property.

While The Glades never opened at the North Shore buildings or Innsbrook After Hours site, it apparently operated a short-lived pop-up series at a nearby office at 4470 Cox Road, based on the company’s social media posts.

In early December, the venue announced on Facebook plans for a pop-up series, and then the next day posted a six-day schedule of food truck appearances at the Cox Road site, which participating food trucks also advertised online. That appeared to be the first and only period of activity for The Glades.

It wasn’t clear whether The Glades concept had been abandoned entirely, or if the venue as envisioned for the Lake Brook Drive site is planned to be opened in a new location. The Glades website was down as of this week, and on Google was listed as “temporarily closed.”

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Ludwig Carlson
Ludwig Carlson
6 days ago

Announced way too early and was doomed to fail before it could even start.

Nick Feakins
Nick Feakins
6 days ago
Reply to  Ludwig Carlson

why? was recently in Florida and there was a fantastic food truck court that we visited… wished we had something similar here.

Chris Crews
Chris Crews
6 days ago

If you recall, this young man was also behind a food delivery app that offered great promise and impressive buy-in from local restaurants, but ended up being all talk and no delivery…

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
6 days ago

Man, the concept seemed pretty fun, and with the way weather is now it would be usable 8 months a year, i hope someone can run with it. We need to do something with office space and its environs.