Proposed Crestview Commons follows mobile eateries trend


This Main Street lot will transform into Crestview Commons, an outdoor dining area featuring mobile food services.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 07:15 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The historic downtown district will follow the latest urban dining trend this fall when Crestview Commons opens on Main Street.

The City Council on Monday approved a proposal for an outdoor eatery featuring up to three mobile food services with permanent restrooms, landscaping and patio dining.

Crestview Commons will be on a currently vacant lot owned by Main Street attorney Nathan Boyles beside Foster Families of America thrift store. The project will allow innovative restaurateurs to introduce new cuisine ideas while offering patrons diverse dining choices, he said.

"Young gourmet chefs often can't afford $200,000 to start a brick-and-mortar restaurant," said Boyles, a Main Street Crestview Association member.

Some council members praised Boyles' project and his previous contributions to Main Street, including opening his office courtyard to a weekly farmers market.

"I've seen the projects you have done downtown and I have to commend you on how they look," Councilman Tom Gordon said.

"I think it would be a great benefit to the city," Councilman Shannon Hayes said.

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