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Texoma family opening food truck park for their son with autism

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 10:51 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - A new food truck park could be opening in Denison as soon as this fall.

A couple wanted to open a family-friendly place for their son, who has autism.

Owner Barry Reed says Jake’s Place will be a spot for people to kick back, grab a drink and some food, play games and enjoy time with friends.

Jake Reed is his son, and the reason they wanted to create this destination in the first place.

“The inspiration was my son,” Barry said.

Jake is a 17-year-old soon-to-be senior at Whitesboro High School.

“After he graduates, we wanted to do something very special for him,” Barry said.

Jake has autism, and Barry says he wanted the food truck park to be a family-friendly designation that appeals to everyone.

“I’m excited,” Jake said.

“It’s just going to be unbelievable. Just a great huge atmosphere of nothing but family, fun and friends,” Barry said.

A club called Calhoun’s used to be in a large red barn off Texoma Parkway, where Jake’s Place will be.

It’s a meaningful location for Barry and his wife, since it’s where they met 23 years ago.

“My wife and I have driven by it so many times and we decided we’ve got to do something with this,” Barry said.

He says the venue will have a rustic feel, and the outside will be filled with picnic tables.

There will also be outdoor games, fire pits and four food trucks that will rotate each week.

Plus, it will be covered, so people can come no matter the weather.

“The inside’s going to have games like corn hole, darts, washers,” Barry said.

Barry says Jake’s Place will host events like bike, jeep and car shows, mini-concerts, even a flea market on Saturdays.

He says with such a large space, they’re prepared for anything the pandemic could hinder in the future.

“Even if we have to go half occupancy, we’re still three times bigger than any place in Grayson County to do this,” Barry said.

But to him, it’s more than creating the next hot spot in town, it’s about his son.

“Because Jake is special to us. We love him so much,” Barry said.

Monday night city council granted them the final permit they need to get started.

Barry said if everything goes as planned, he hopes to open by mid-September.

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