Bruno from Brooklyn has laid out plans for a food truck park in Fort Myers, but they still need approval from the city.
WINK News spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the owners about the plans and the impact the food truck park will have on the community.
Bruno Calcedonio and his wife, Genevieve, are living their dream in southwest Florida.
“I tell everyone who was born and raised now in New York, but I am now a native of Fort Myers,” Calcedonio said.
Their restaurant, Bruno’s of Brooklyn, has become a staple in downtown Fort Myers.
“You can go to Edison’s house and look at, you know, Edison’s lab that’s been there for 100 years, you know, or you can go to this beautiful spa that we have right now downtown, the Luminary Hotel. It’s very contemporary. It’s very contemporary,” Calcedonio said. Great balance.”
That balance is what they hope to achieve with a new food truck park off McGregor Boulevard. Their site includes a 100-year-old office building that will set the look for the rest of the park.
The area has a retro feel with fresh new amenities and a suite that offers a sitting area.
“We’re building this new structure to mimic an old structure, kind of tying everything together,” said Calcedonio.
Bruno runs two of the seven potential food trucks in the back. Others hope to rent it out to other restaurateurs looking for new space after Hurricane Ian.
“This can provide an opportunity…,” said Calcedonio. “A culinary entrepreneur who basically lost his method and mortar to get back in the game.”
Similar to an RV, all trucks can be connected to the facilities provided without the need for generators.
“Genevieve and I are so excited, we’re excited about preserving and keeping aging alive. And not necessarily changing these characteristics but improving them,” Calcedonio said.
The primary objective is to create something new for a city full of classic, old and old charm. This is a big goal for a city that has brought them to where they are today.
“We’ve worked hard. And we’ve done it with the support of many, many, many people here. And every chance we get, we want to take it again and push it forward. That’s what we do here,” Calcedoño said.
Bruno appears in front of the Fort Myers Modifications panel to outline their plans for the food truck park concept Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
They also told WINK News that they will be moving their original restaurant to a new location on First Street in the near future.