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Trailers Without Trash: Weissman's Latest Project


He's at it again.

Fresh from a half Iron Man in Napa, Andrew Weissman hit the ground still running with the inking of a contract for his latest project. No, it's not the Olmos Park location you might have been hearing about. (More on that another time). It is, in fact, a park of a totally different sort.

A trailer park, in other words. On a plot of land that slopes toward the river at Ave. B and Jones Ave., and in the shadow of the long-abandoned shell of a future residential complex, Weissman is going to arrange three trailersâ??“Airstreams,” he says, or others inspired by taco trucks. They'll be clustered around a shaded outdoor dining area that will also sport a kids' playscape.

“There's blacktop now, but we're going to soften it up with brick pavers, crushed granite, plantingâ?¦we want it to look organic,” he says.

The circling wagons themselves will each have a specific menu focus. One will serve eco-friendly disposable bowls of anything from braised pork to bubbling soupâ??all at $5 so “we can get sophisticated or simple.” Another will dispense wine and beerâ??“as many wines by the glass as possible, with some bottles stuck into tubs of ice.” And the third will, of course, provide dessert and espresso. (Among many other things, Weissman is obsessive about good coffee.)

The compound setting, in the shade of an old oak tree, will encourage traipsing from trailer to trailer, but should be equally amenable to a stop-and-grab given the planned availability of onsite and street parking. The site's one apparent disadvantage is the lack of access to the new, Museum Reach portion of the River Walk.

“We want to be open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday through Sundayâ??maybe as late as 1 a.m. some nights,” he volunteeredâ??hopefully. And if La Gloria's night-owl plans materialize, perhaps a late-night locus will develop in the Pearl precinct. We don't all go to bed at 9:30.

No timeline was given for completion (these things always take longer than one hopes), and neither was a name offered for the culinary compound. “This is uncharacteristic of me,” says Weissman. “The name is usually first.” We think it needs to play on trailer trash, but its opposite, trailer treasure, is truly lame, so we'll keep thinking. Just something to engage the mind while on the EFX machine working off braised pork, wine, dessertâ?¦

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