Frankie Martin’s Garden will open in Cottleville this summer

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COTTLEVILLE, Mo. (KMOV) – A new food truck entertainment complex will open in St. Charles County later this summer as construction crews scramble to catch up with delays caused by power line issues. ‘supply.

Frankie Martin’s Garden, located at the corner of Highway N and St. Charles Street in Cottleville, will offer 10 food trucks as well as various other entertainment.

“The plan was always to expand and have more and the time was right to do that here,” said Brian Hardesty, the garden’s managing partner.

In 2020, Hardesty helped open 9 Mile Garden in southern St. Louis County. It offers 8 or 9 food trucks, live music and a bar.

Last year, Hardesty said conversations with the town of Cottleville began and the land was purchased after years of sitting empty. A man named Frankie Martin, a fixture in the community, Hardesty said, once owned the land and the house on it.

“We revitalized the exterior and interior and now it’s our whiskey house,” he said. “So we will have tastings there by reservation only.”

With development booming, Cottleville Mayor Bob Ronkoski said he hopes the garden will bring more attention to other small businesses in the Old Town neighborhood.

“Our hope is that it will bring more people to our old town so that all of our businesses in the old town can benefit,” he said.

The property will offer a sand volleyball court and a pickleball court, as well as pergolas that can be reserved. Live music will take place several times a week.

“I think it would be great up there, the population is big and booming…I think it would be great, really,” said Georgiann Zarinelli, who was having lunch at 9 Mile Garden on Tuesday. “The concept is amazing, it really is.”

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