A new day breaks for Heard Freighthouse

By Kylie Neel

For those who haven’t been to downtown Ruston’s food truck park across from Uptown Downtown, don’t be surprised at some changes coming.

A groundbreaking ceremony occurred Monday morning. Jerry Brasher, general contractor for Lincoln Builders, said he was ecstatic about the Freighthouse Food Park.

“It all started over some lunch,” Brasher said. “Desi Bourgeois had a dream, and we said we would like to begin that journey by partnering with him.” 

Bourgeois owns and operates Grown and Grazed, one of the three food trucks at the park, which also includes Staple Sandwich Co. and Bad Wolf BBQ.

The journey and the design team then began working with the Bourgeois family, making their dream come true. Lincoln Builders worked hand and hand with the design team, guiding this project for seven years.

The Heard Freighthouse food trucks has been a long-term vision for Desi and Dianne Bourgeois. They have been wanting to do this for some time now, and it is a cornerstone they have been looking forward to. 

Phase One will be the outdoor changes, and Phase Two will be the indoor changes.

Dianne Bourgeois said, “There will be more opportunities for our community to come together and express the small-town big hearts that we have.”

Phase One has started, and while Phase Two won’t occur for a year or two, but it is something to be excited about.  

Zach Webb, chef, and manager of Staple Sandwich Company, said he is excited about the changes coming and how it will increase foot traffic.

“I think the more food trucks we get in here, the more we become a staple in the community but also, the more business we receive,” Webb said.

Heard Freighthouse Food Park is located at 93 E. Railroad Ave. 

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