9 Mile Garden Dishes

9 Mile Garden will feature 30 food trucks when it opens.  

The highly-anticipated first food truck garden in the St. Louis area now has a date for its grand opening. 

9 Mile Garden, a food truck garden and community gathering place, will debut in Affton, Missouri, on July 3. According to a press release, the grand opening will include a holiday weekend chock full of activities. 

“We’re excited to open our doors and bring a new gathering place to St. Louis,” Brian Hardesty, 9 Mile Garden managing partner, said in the release. Hardesty is also co-owner of St. Louis-based Guerrilla Street Food

For those concerned about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, 9 Mile Garden staff and vendors will be taking all precautions as outlined by St. Louis County, including asking people to maintain proper social distancing. 

“We’ll have plenty of sanitizing stations on-site, our tables will be situated more than 12 feet apart, and we’ll be encouraging our patrons to wear masks and practice social distancing," Hardesty said. "It’s important to us that people know that all regulations and measures are being taken to protect their health.”

Friday night of opening weekend, the garden will feature live musical performances by local acts The John Hughes Experience, Caroline Steinkamp and Tree One Four. On Sat., July 4, an outdoor movie will be shown to celebrate Independence Day. Visitors can expect other activities and charitable events in addition to the rotation of 30 food trucks that will be on deck to serve tasty meals. 

The Canteen @ 9 Mile Garden, the garden's bar, will also open its doors, serving a wide selection of both local and national draft beer and cold-brew coffee by Blueprint Coffee on tap. The same health and safety guidelines will be applied inside The Canteen.

This season's participating food trucks at the garden include St. Louis favorites such as Fire and Ice Cream, Essentially Fries, UKRAFT, Poptimism, Slice of the Hill, Wok and Roll, Guerrilla Street Food and more. 

Updates on opening weekend can be found on the garden's website and Twitter account

Editor's note: This post has been updated to include food trucks that will participate in 9 Mile Garden this season. 

9 Mile Garden, 9375 Gravois Road, Affton Plaza, Affton, Missouri, 9milegarden.com