Food Park News
New food park in East Dallas lets kids roam freely while the parents sip
A family-friendly outdoor food park has opened in East Dallas: Shindig Food Park, located at 3732 Samuell Blvd., is a new destination for families to eat and relax without worrying about their kids.
The park is from Terri and Kam De León, a pair of hospitality industry veterans who've created a place designed around family so everybody can have a good time.
"Bring us your children, the entire soccer team and their families, where they can run around, enjoy a good time. We will never ask your children to sit down," Kam says.
The couple, who previously owned a catering business called De León Provisions, came up with the food park idea as a place that parents could take a group after flag football games and other events. They're on a half-acre space in what was once upon a time a Keller's Hamburgers. Kids can run around freely, and there is plenty of parking.
They currently have one permanent vendor: Locura Bites, a restaurant specializing in elotes and other Mexican items, which was previously at Trinity Groves.
The rest of the food options consist of rotating food trucks and small operators. Recent vendors include Pop Popcorn and Beary Cool Shaved Ice. A beverage window sells soda, beer, wine, and cocktails.
A dog-friendly patio, which Terri and Kam's sons helped build over the summer, features pallets, small trampolines, a ping-pong table, and TVs with sports on. The spot is nestled between I-30 and Samuell Grand Park, and is right by White Rock Creek, which creates a breeze, even in the hottest days of summer. Patio shades help, as well.
They're currently open Tuesday-Sunday 5-10 pm, but plan to open at 3 pm after Labor Day, for after-school visits, and all day on weekends for post-game crowds.