Tavern on the Green Replaced by Food Trucks

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Jason Avery is executive chef of Pera restaurant on Madison Avenue and 41st Street and chef and co-owner of the taco truck, which is his concept.

"We have been looking to expand," Avery said of the decision to bring a truck to the park. "It's a good way to get exposure for the restaurant."

Avery said he hopes to expand his business to deliver to businesses and homes in the area and to get a liquor license to sell alcohol in the park.

His concept: heavy meats in the winter -- the park plans to add heaters soon -- and lighter seafood and vegetarian items in the summer.

Fear of Food
Fear of Food

"People like to eat a lot lighter, healthier now," he said.

Selling food out a of truck offers all sorts of logistical challenges, the least of which is squeezing the truck into the tight space behind the historic Tavern building.

Tavern may no longer feed the titans of Wall Street, but then again, thanks to the recession, a gourmet food truck might be just what they are seeking.

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