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Food trucks rolling into Alpine Village

September 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The food truck craze is reaching Alpine Village near Torrance.Alpine Village is probably best known for its Oktoberfest, which begins Friday.

Operators of the South Bay landmark say every Wednesday night beginning this week at least five food trucks will be stationed in the facility's parking lot.

The trucks will serve gourmet food, including tapas, fresh sweet potato fries and Filipino fusion food, from 6 to 9 p.m. The weekly event is being called "Dinner Under the Stars."

"The whole thing is fun," Alpine Village General Manager Otto Radtke told The Daily Breeze newspaper. "These guys need a place to park and to serve, and we have a place that's underutilized on Wednesday nights. From my perspective it's not only a cool thing to do at the Village, but they have large Twitter and Facebook followings. These are people who would never be at the Village under any other circumstances, so it's great marketing for us."

To accommodate the expected crowds, Alpine Village will install more outdoor tables and chairs outside the Village's popular German market and deli. They will also open the doors of the adjoining restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch so food truck customers can sit at the tables inside.

The Village's huge restaurant and bar recently started hosting rock bands on Wednesday nights. Radtke hopes the young crowd attracted by the food trucks will also take a liking to the bar, which recently added 15 German-style beers on tap.

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