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Food truck event kicks off Roseville town square project

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Around 2,000 people descended on Vernon Street Sunday to take part in the city of Roseville?s inaugural food truck gathering. Seven food trucks from Sacramento spread throughout the downtown area, offering everything from tacos, burritos, gourmet hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches to authentic Belgian waffles made from dough, not batter. The event was the official kick-off for the Town Square project in front of Civic Center on Vernon and Grant streets and went a long way to promote how downtown Roseville is evolving, according to city officials. ?The event certainly met all of our expectations,? said John Sprague, assistant city manager with the city of Roseville. ?Our goal was to introduce people to the changing nature of our downtown.? Roseville resident Corbyn Hightower lives a couple blocks away from Vernon Street and said she wanted to try something she can?t normally make at home. She opted for a gourmet waffle from Volkswaffle. ?We?re all about whatever Roseville does to bring people out to downtown,? Hightower said. ?We love Roseville, we loving living here.? Sprague said the event didn?t just benefit the local food trucks, but downtown restaurants and businesses were busy as well. To organize the event and attract the trucks, the city reached out to Paul Somerhausen, coordinator of the popular Sacto MoFo mobile food truck roundup, Sprague said. ?Roseville is very friendly to the mobile food community and so we were happy bring some of the best Sacramento trucks here,? Somerhausen said Sunday. ?The city seems like they?re pleased, and the trucks are happy because this is a really good turnout for a Sunday. It?s a win-win for everybody.? The Town Square is the integral component of the grand vision for the revitalization of downtown and Old Town that has been several years in the making, according to previous reports. City spokeswoman Megan MacPherson said the Town Square will act as a ?community living room,? with a water fountain and a stage for theatrical and musical acts. ?I think we did really well in terms of attracting folks and getting them informed and excited about what is coming on Vernon Street,? Sprague said. Both Sprague and Somerhausen said that it is possible a food truck gathering could turn out to be a regular thing in the downtown area, which makes Roseville resident Nicle Paetz very happy. ?My husband?s been obsessed with the (Sacto) MoFo thing going on,? Paetz said. ?Since we live in Roseville, we thought it?d be a great opportunity to come out and do something in our community. And it?s fun to have it here.? Sena Christian and Anne Stokes contributed to this report. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.