Land Yacht BBQ Leads Charge at Hollywood & Broad Gourmet Food Park
When the Hollywood Casino opened in Columbus at 200 Georgesville Road in 2012, it sparked new life on the West Side. Visitors came in droves to gamble, socialize, and eat. There are four restaurants located inside the casino, but not many other food options in the area.
That’s why Chris Haydocy stepped in. Market studies conducted in the area revealed the need for more food alternatives, so Haydocy came up with the idea to create a gourmet food park, much like the SoMa StrEat Food Park in San Francisco or the Boardwalk on Bulverde in San Antonio.
The idea is a simple one: create a family and pet-friendly space for food tucks to serve an eager community in an affordable manner. Land Yacht BBQ is to be the first food trailer in the Hollywood & Broad Gourmet Food Park, located at 3865 West Broad Street, set to launch this March.
Land Yacht BBQ is so named for a 1963 Airstream Haydocy recently purchased and restored. Airstreams are vintage American travel trailers, and when Haydocy noticed “Land Yacht” etched on the side of the 1963 model, the name for the inaugural food trailer was found.
Land Yacht BBQ, under the General Management of Brian Young, will serve classic barbecue prepared on-site, to order. The menu will include the standards – Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Baby Back Ribs – and new favorites, like Smoked Chicken Drummies and Smoked Sausage.
The side dishes will also be noteworthy: fresh Cajun-style Potato Chips, Mac and Cheese with Lamb Bacon, and for dessert, Deep Fried S’mores. Pricing will also be reasonable; the average diner should be able to get a sandwich and side for around $10, or purchase a pound of smoked meat for roughly $20.
Initially, the Hollywood & Broad Gourmet Food Park will be alcohol-free, but guests could see the addition of a smaller truck selling beer and wine in the future. There will be a steady rotation of mobile food trailers through the Park in order to offer continual diversity in cuisine.
A soft opening is planned for March if weather cooperates, with a grand opening on the books for April. Land Yacht BBQ will open at 11am daily, and, as with any good barbecue joint, will stay open as long as there’s food to serve.
“Our concept is to serve the best barbecue, period,” shares Young on Land Yacht’s mission. “This is one of many steps we are taking to help fuel the revitalization of the west side of Columbus, and we hope that others will follow suit.”
The proposed layout of the park includes a four-season dining hall, picnic tables, game areas for both children and adults, and a small stage to showcase local talent. For more, and to see the progress of the Park, follow them at www.facebook.com/landyachtbbq.