Basecamp Provisions is Atlanta’s latest take on the food truck trend.
Basecamp Provisions, the newest restaurant concept from Park Tavern owners Paul and Angela Smith, opened about the same time as the 2016 Olympics, and it’s already winning gold with Atlanta BeltLine and Piedmont Park crowds.
The Smiths parked an Airstream in the roundabout driveway of Park Tavern at the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive and began serving tasty snacks and beverages to Belt- Line bikers, joggers and pedestrians. The tiny eatery was inspired by the couple’s love of travel and healthy food, but also their desire to reach a different audience, according to Paul Smith. “Atlanta is a more walkable city now, and Basecamp Provisions gives us a way to expand our hours and services,” he says. “The response has been incredible. Some patrons grab beverages and snacks on the go, but more often they’re stopping to eat, relax and do a little people-watching under the shade of the big trees.”
Not a typical food truck, Baseline Provisions serves smaller snack portions of chef-prepared items, including Korean, Tex-Mex and Thai curry tacos; the BeltLine grilled cheese sandwich with avocado, thick-cut bacon and fresh jalapeño; açai bowls and salads. Basecamp offers 32 beverages and 20 smoothies, including the strawberry-banana Slim, Backpacker Protein and Base Camp Berry.
“We’re learning as we go,” says Smith. “We’ll be expanding hours to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Right now we’re only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but as the temperatures go down and foot traffic picks up in the fall, we plan on being open seven days a week year round.”
Basecamp Provisions may be the Smiths’ best idea since The Rink at Park Tavern in 2010. Located in the Garden Tent, it offers day and night skating on an 85-by-40-foot rink that has become a favorite holiday tradition, and in recent years, a popular spot for “Frozen”-themed birthday parties. The Rink opens at Thanksgiving and closes on Presidents’ Day.
STORY: Laura Raines
Photo: Adam Davila