In February, we reported on the development of the SOMA Streat Food Park, owned by Carlos Muela in San Francisco, CA and a planned opening in March. Due to delays in the permitting process, the Portland-inspired food pod didn’t open, as planned. But San Francisco foodies rejoiced when Muela received the green light to open the gates to the park last week. The park, a triangular plot at 346 11th St. at the corner of Division St. in the South of Market District in San Francisco, is located between major shopping destinations and health clubs, such as CostCo, Best Buy, and 24-Hour Fitness. Ten food trucks will rotate through the fully-equipped park for daily lunch and dinner shifts.

Muela, coming from a family of restaurateurs, pulled out all the stops with his outdoor eatery. The first of its kind in San Francisco, the “pod” will accommodate San Francisco’s large bicycle community as well as ample street parking. A completely new concept in The City by the Bay, The SOMA StrEat Food Park features a covered pavilion that seats 200, with a sound system, lighting, and projection screen.

KCBS San Francisco reports that Muela’s upbringing in the restaurant industry inspired him to open the park; prohibitive start-up costs in the restaurant business fueled Muela’s idea behind the park.

“A restaurant itself is so expensive to open and such a big risk here in the city that this creates an easier entrance to get into the industry,” he told KCBS.

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Chris Ford is the founder of Stitches 'n Dishes and editor in chief with a passion for food, photography and travel. Chris is a Media Correspondent for the Food Network TV show, Eat St, a syndicated blogger, seasoned event organizer and promoter, a food critic, a marketing consultant and Social Media Marketing expert. Chris is also a fashion and entertainment photographer. When he's not dining on the sidewalk, he's snapping photos on the catwalk.