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    The Makers and Tasters site included a bar along the Kewalo Basin Waterfront.

The Makers and Tasters food truck marketplace at Kewalo Basin will close after Friday’s Eat the Street event, the company announced today.

The first Eat the Street of the year will be the last event staged at the 1011 Ala Moana Blvd. site by Street Grindz LLC.

The popularity of Eat the Street, a last-Friday-of-the-month food truck rally, spurred organizers to find a permanent home for food trucks that would rent space at the location. Makers and Tasters opened in August 2015 at the site of the old Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant.

Street Grindz cited bad weather and difficulties acquiring permits to build shelter for customers as factors in the decision, saying these issues made it difficult for the marketplace to be sustainable.

“This change is really a move back to our roots of organizing community events throughout the island,” said Poni Askew, founder of Street Grindz, in a statement.

Askew was not available to elaborate, according to a Street Grindz representative.

The last Kewalo Eat the Street takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. Street Grindz has more food truck events planned for other locations — next month’s Eat the Street will be held Feb. 24 at Kakaako Waterfront Park, 102 Ohe St.

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