The parking lot at 515 North Splitrock Boulevard in front of Tally Ho Art Gallery and KingBird Coffee has become a popular destination spot over the past year.
The lot has hosted a Farmers Market each Saturday during the summer and has also been the site of recent winter Farmers Markets and holiday markets around the holidays.
Now Tally Ho and KingBird are taking the lot to a new level by introducing Food Truck Alley on the first and third Thursday of every month from 5-7 p.m. The bi-weekly event will have several food trucks from the area parked in the lot.
The first Alley event was March 4 with six trucks in attendance. Tally Ho owner Lamont Hunt said they’re hoping to keep the alley running through the spring, summer and even into the winter months if weather cooperates.
KingBird is extending its hours during the Alley Thursdays for additional dining and seating.
“We really just want to keep bringing things to Brandon,” said Hunt, who grew up in Brandon but spent many years in California before returning to open Tally Ho with his sister, Heather Taguchi, last summer. “This will be cool and we’ll do it as long as we can. We’ll watch the weather when it turns cold, but we’ll play it by ear. If we have another mild winter, we’ll go as long as we can. We don’t have an end date.”
Hunt said the idea came to him thinking about his food truck experiences in California. It was an experience he said he and Heather fell in love with, and noticed a need in South Dakota.
He said having multiple trucks together in one spot gives diners the chance to eat a “progressive dinner.”
“It’s big in California, and we were like, ‘Why is this not happening here?’” he said. “We’ve had food trucks here for the Farmers Market and I’ve seen one or two, but I haven’t seen a consistency of food trucks in Brandon. We’re trying it and we’ll see how Brandon and the east side of Sioux Falls responds.”
Hunt’s father is Roger Hunt, the longtime state legislator from Brandon who also served as the South Dakota Speaker of the House. Roger passed away in 2018, and Lamont said he and Heather originally opened Tally Ho as a way to continue his father’s legacy and his love of Brandon and South Dakota. Roger Hunt was known for saying the phrase “Tally Ho” when saying goodbye.
The art gallery has also started renting out its space for graduations, baby showers and birthday parties.
“We’re doing anything we can do to continue to bring people out to Brandon,” Hunt said. “We’re really trying to show that Brandon can be more than just a bedroom community (to Sioux Falls).”
Hunt said there will be live music on select nights throughout the summer. The gallery will also be open during the events with tables and chairs for extra seating.