Affton food truck haven 9 Mile Garden opens today

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Starting today, Missouri’s first food truck garden is now open in South County.

The 9 Mile Garden on Gravois Road in Affton is officially open, debuting on Fourth of July weekend with a rotating lineup of 30 food trucks for lunch and dinner six days a week.

The Affton Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the entertainment district at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at 9375 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123. The public is invited. 

“We’re proud to bring a unique venue such as 9 Mile Garden to Affton and  the St. Louis region,” said 9 Mile Garden Managing Partner Brian Hardesty in a news release. “It’s a truly family friendly space where you can enjoy food from local trucks and  drinks from local beverage makers, watch a movie or see live music, play games

and  more  with your kids, dogs, friends, and  neighbors. It’s our honor to provide a socially responsible gathering place for St. Louisans to go.”

Opening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 9 Mile Garden offers outdoor dining and entertainment, but is asking visitors to wear masks due to the new requirement in St. Louis County and St. Louis City that went into effect Friday.

Organizers say 9 Mile Garden will be a family focused entertainment district where visitors will find a feast of local food and  drinks, outdoor movies, live music and  performances, community events and  more. Six days a week, the garden features a rotation of St. Louis’ best and most loved food trucks open for lunch and dinner.

A jumbo screen will show outdoor movies and  livestream sporting events, and  a permanent stage hosts local and national entertainers sharing live music and  performances.

The garden and its staff will follow the health and  safety guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and  St. Louis Countyto provide a socially distant event space.

Hardesty said the garden will have many sanitizing stations on-site and tables will be situated more than 12 feet apart.

“We’re excited to bring a new gathering place to St. Louis,” said Hardesty. “… We’ll be encouraging our patrons to wear  masks and practice social distancing. It’s important to us that people know that all regulations and measures are being taken to protect their health.”

See photos of the site and its progress in the gallery below: