20 years of planning and $2.6 billion in funding later, San Francisco’s biggest new civic project, the Pelli Clarke Pelli designed Transbay Transit Center, opens tomorrow. Crowned by a 5.4-acre rooftop park, the transit center sits in the shadow of the massive new Salesforce Tower and was recently named the Salesforce Transit Center when the company purchased the rights.
So far the actual transit at the transit center is just buses, but in the coming years it will serve Caltrain and, god willing, act as a hub for California’s High-Speed Rail project one day. But the new urban space is still going to serve a lot of people, some just curious park goers — the green space is open to the public — and that means food and drink will be necessary.
There are 34 retail storefronts at the transit center in total, but just five leases have been signed so far — Curbed says to expect non-food tenants like a health club. Before more permanent options are up and running, Parklab, the company behind SPARK Social in Mission Bay and other food truck activation projects, is on the case.
Under the name Parklab Junction, they’ll be sending in food trucks to the Natoma Street side of the building every day (starting today). They’ll also addd a coffee shop to the Grand Hall Area, a weekly pop up market on Wednesdays, and sending food carts to the roof — they’ll go up via freight elevator — including some for Saturday’s block party kickoff.
And the new park will double as the city’s newest rooftop bar: Rye on the Road will have beer, wine, and cocktails for the festivities.
The rooftop food carts:
Lets Be Frank
Churn Urban Creamery
The Block Party food trucks:
Stay tuned for news of the permanent food tenants for the Salesforce Transit Center as they’re announced. And don’t forget that SF chef Dominique Crenn has leased space in the Salesforce Tower itself: She’s planning a very serious boutique, restaurant, and patisserie there, to be called Boutique Crenn.