Could Oklahoma City support an outdoor nighttime food market and join the ranks of edgy cities like Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore.?
J.D. Merryweather admits it was a spur-of-the-moment idea that led him to join Laura Massenat, co-owner of Elemental Coffee at 815 N Hudson, and start H&8th, an outdoor evening food court beginning tonight at the coffee shop.
Merryweather, a photographer and co-owner of Coop Ale Works, is a frequent traveler and said he was always impressed at how such food markets served as community gathering spots.
“I've seen it in other cities — Portland, San Antonio, Austin — they all do great night markets. There are enough foodies here, we've seen how popular the trucks are, and this might be a good way to bring everyone together.”
It was during an open house party hosted by Elemental Coffee that Merryweather dreamed up the idea of doing a nighttime food market in Oklahoma City.
“I looked at the craft, and how could we get others involved,” Merryweather said. “It's a win-win for all.”
For the first market, which is set to run the last Friday of each month, vendors will include Big Truck Tacos, Cuppies and Joe, and The Munchbox, a relative newcomer to the food truck market that serves a mix of American fare.