Coffee in Motion CustomersSALEM, Ore.

The food revolution is spreading across the evergreen state. No longer just a Portland phenomenon, food trucks are making a more permanent stand in Salem with the opening of the city’s first food truck pod on Sunday.

From BBQ fare to coffee drinks, the truck gathering was the first of what will continue just outside Salem’s new bottle shop, Barrel & Keg.

“Salem needs this,” Barrel & Keg owner Shannon Klopfenstein told the Statesman Journal. “Portland has it. Now Salem has it.”

Food TruckThe three food trucks gathered in the lot of 1190 Broadway NE included Chad’s Smokin’ BBQ, Coffee in Motion, and Black Rock BBQ. Future trucks will also join throughout the rotating calendar, viewable on Barrel & Keg’s Facebook page.

Though their new shop will not open until April, Barrel & Keg owners Shannon and Justin Klopfenstein wanted to use their lot to help other community businesses.

“The owners decided that they needed food service and it was an inexpensive way for them to provide food for patrons,” owner of Coffee in Motion, Josh Parker, told the Statesman Journal. “We can show up with our food trucks and serve food. She has enough space for three or four food trucks. Most food trucks do a lot of events during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays. There’s pretty much a high demand: downtown events, smaller cities are putting on events. There’s water on site for us and power. Marion County code requires that some sort of restroom is available nearby. Klopfenstein is going to let patrons use their restroom.”

The food trucks will serve up local grub from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The opening of Salem’s food truck pod follows efforts of the Salem Food Truck Association to lessen the city’s restrictions on food vendors.

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