WALNUT CREEK -- The city's first food truck market may finally open in May, after months of delay.

Dubbed "The Bend," the market is on track to open shop on Main Street May 17 at the latest -- at the site of the former French restaurant Le Virage.

The family behind Le Virage -- French for "the turn" -- are the owners and operators of The Bend, which will offer eight rotating food trucks six days a week for lunch and dinner.

Le Virage, remembered for the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec-themed murals that once adorned the building, operated for 34 years before closing in 2005. The building burned down seven years later.

But from the ashes comes the market, named for its location at the bend in the road where California Boulevard and Main Street split near the Walnut Creek BART Station.

The Bend originally was supposed to open in March, but working through the city's approval process to make improvements to the site has taken longer than originally planned, said co-owner Matt Marinelli.

"When all is said and done we will be giving the city a brand new sidewalk," he said.

That has been the major obstacle. Marinelli and his father Ed -- the other co-owner -- agreed to build a continuous 10-foot sidewalk in front of the site all the way down Main Street. In some places it was a short as three feet across, too narrow for handicapped access, Marinelli said. He expects the work to begin this week and be done in two days -- which means the market could open even earlier than May 17.

"We are ready to go," he said.

Ready and eager, because other food truck markets have begun to roll into nearby areas. Food Truck Mafia, another major player in the mobile dining scene, launched a Saturday market at the Martinez marina last month. And Off the Grid, which runs food truck markets in 22 locations across the Bay Area, already has a market at The Willows in Concord on Saturdays and plans to put on a weekly event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday on Trelany Road behind Pleasant Hill City Hall, with a tentative start date of May 21.

The other newcomer is Taste of the World Market, which opened Thursday and will run every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Contra Costa Centre.

While Taste of the World is operating in unincorporated Contra Costa County between the Pleasant Hill-Contra Costa Center BART Station and the transit village, The Bend will be the first actual Walnut Creek market. It will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Bend, Marinelli said, will offer a "unique experience" that feels more "high-end," without further elaboration.

"Let's just say we are not going to just set out a bunch of chairs and call it a food truck market," he said.

Vendors set to roll in include Sweet and Mellow, a coffee and dessert truck; Street Dogs; a gourmet hot dog truck; and Lexie's Frozen Custard.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.