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Food Trucks Serving Lunch on Wednesdays outside the MLK Library at 901 G St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth June 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm 13 Comments

901 G Street NW, Photo courtesy of DC Library

From a press release:

Food for thought is taking on a whole new meaning this summer at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

For a limited time, members of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington will be serving up lunch on Wednesdays outside the library at 901 G Street NW. It’s the second year the food truck association and the library have partnered together for the weekly program, called Books & Bites.

District residents and downtown workers can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Food Truck Association again this summer,” said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. “Just like the different food trucks offer people variety, the Library offers something for everyone. I love seeing people finding good reads and good food at their Library.”

The trucks that will be parked at the library will be announced on Wednesday mornings using social media.

“Books & Bites at the Library helps draw new people to the library – some of whom may have not visited the beautiful building before – and make the area more active and vibrant,” said Doug Povich, chairman of the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Ed. Note: Food trucks are there Wednesdays from around 11:30 am to to about 1:30 pm.

  • Vibrant


    “Vibrant” has to be the most overused and truely useless word in the new urbanist lexicon.

    Can we please stop using it to describe everything?

    • monkeyrotica

      You are my new god. I will pay your bail.

    • justinbc

      I think tasty is worse.

    • Ben

      “Fresh, natural, hearty, homemade goodness in a can”

      Oh what hasn’t George Carlin been right about?


  • JB

    I love food trucks, and I like this idea in concept. However, it always, always smells like pee around there! Not the most appetizing environment!

    • monkeyrotica

      But they’re just activating the urban core with a vibrant brand of tinkle! Why do you hate America?

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, this place is bum central station. Not the most appetizing environment for lunch.

    • anon

      has MLK library always been kinda gross. From a while ago: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/12086/mlks-very-public-restroom

    • Anonymous

      I work a couple of blocks away, and this was my first thought. I walk blocks out of my way to avoid that stretch in front of the library. Between that, the rodent-infested Cosi and the brilliant retail presence of Payless Shoes, that whole stretch of G Street needs to be re-imagined.

  • Anonymous

    Lucky librarians! Wish we’d get some food trucks here!

  • peachy

    Reading the headline and the first two paragraphs of the press release, it almost seemed like the food trucks would be feeding the homeless who are constant fixtures around the library. Anyone else read it that way?

    • Anonymous

      exactly how I read it

    • annonny

      Yep, though I thought “Gee, no way I’d go there to get food from a truck when I’ll be accosted by 6 to 8 bums asking me to buy them lunch. I can barely afford my own take-out for lunch, let alone somebody else’s.” This seems destined to fail, given the entrenched bum population at the library. Kinda ruins it all for everybody who doesn’t regularly pee in the street. But hey, at least they get to enjoy a Mies van der Rohe masterpiece, right?


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