The Pera Turkish Taco truck, conducting business at Tavern on the Green Courtyard in Central Park behind the visitor center, was granted a one-year liquor license to sell beer, wine, and mixed drinks; but the truck’s patrons can only drink within the adjacent seating area.
Alcoholic drinks served include Margaritas and Sangria. You can follow The Pera Turkish Taco truck on Twitter.
The Turkish Taco Truck is the first food truck in the city with a liquor license, according to owner Burak Karacam, who also owns Pera Mediterranean Brasserie restaurant.
The Wall Street Journal notes that The Pera Turkish Taco truck’s new liquor license could “very well spark a new wave of boozy mobile vendors”.
Burak Karacam, owner of both the truck and Pera Mediterranean Brasserie restaurant, heralded his one-year license as a “precedent-setting privilege.”
However, Karacam’s taco truck is only permitted to sell alcohol that will be consumed within the seating area near Tavern on the Green, which may make it difficult for other catering trucks with no designated seating area to seek a liquor license.
In September 2009, Tavern on the Green filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, then in December auctioned off its interior decorations and closed its doors.
As of October 2010, the Tavern on the Green building is a public visitors center and gift shop run by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, retaining the name Tavern on the Green.