Alyssa Diltz was headed to her usual lunch spot in downtown Vancouver when she caught sight of the colorful Vida Flare.
Parked on the broad sidewalk of C-Tran’s downtown bus terminus, Turtle Place, the food cart served up cuisine from the southwestern United States and Mexico. Diltz, 30, made a detour; she wanted to try something new.
“It’s been exciting to see the growth (in food options),” said Diltz, a Portland resident who works in downtown Vancouver for a creative agency.
That sentiment is driving organizations to try to broaden downtown’s menu of food carts, restaurants and bars. One area of downtown, along Seventh Street, near Main Street, is trying to bring two food cart pods about a block from each other — one at Columbia Food Park and the other at Turtle Place.
Both are hoping to gain momentum soon but have hit some snags.
Although C-Tran approved food carts and trucks at Turtle Place in May, the first did not arrive until July 6. Vida Flare’s arrival Friday was just the second time a food cart has been at the terminus. The reason, according to C-Tran’s Development and Public Affairs Director Scott Patterson, is two-fold.