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‘Fun & energetic vibe:’ Boise couple hopes to bring food truck park concept to life

A Boise couple hopes to launch a new permanent food truck park just off State St.

Heidi and Brian Ramos applied for a conditional use permit with the City of Boise to convert the former Tates Rents location at 4191 W. State St. into Cart Life. Tates recently moved to another location nearby.

The concept would bring together five food trucks on a semi-permanent basis, along with an indoor bar and seating both inside and outside.

The future food truck park in its former use as a equipment rental shop.

Heidi Ramos said the couple took inspiration from similar concepts in Oregon.

“We travel a lot – we have family in Oregon,” she said. “We go to Bend and Portland, and whenever we do we go to the food truck lots because you can get such great food there. The vibe is so fun and so energetic. We have two kids. I’ll get Asian and my husband will get barbecue, and my kids might get a burger or pizza and we are all happy.”

[Tates Rents sold to its employees]

‘Homier’ setting

Site plan for Cart Life. Via ALC Architecture

The Ramos’ hope to make some changes to the former Tates Rents building, and add a bar for beer and wine service, as well as some indoor seating. The former equipment dealer’s garage doors would remain, but new glass-fronted doors would replace the current solid doors.

Ramos said they also plan to make the spot “homier,” by adding new wood fencing, and taking down a metal awning.

“I want people to know, ‘hey, I can go here and Crisp is going to be there (for instance) – the trucks that get a lot of attention that people love,” Ramos said. “They’ll bring their draw of people and we will help them accommodate those people by having the fun atmosphere and have games and picnics tables and beer and wine.”

Ramos said she hopes to open this summer, depending on the outcome of the conditional use permit process with the City of Boise. A hearing is set for that in April, according to Ramos.

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