Each Monday I recap food truck news as it relates to the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). Bringing news that impacts food truck owners, fans, or those curious.
Porchetta to open in Southpoint
The biggest news last week broke on Twitter and the local News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl published more details on when the Porchetta team will open their restaurant. What’s interesting with this Brick and Mortar opening is the location will be inside Southpoint Mall. Except for the temporary stand Sweet Traditions had inside Triangle Town Center, a local food truck brand has not operated a non-mobile location within a mall. Meaning this is a first for the area and really cool idea (Let’s all go to the mall… in-May!)
My first impression would be a mall location would be very limited in what you could build out. I met Nick at his food truck this weekend, he calmed my misconception by expressing they do have flexibility. This could be all part of a up and coming trend of bring local business back into the mall. Both Andrea and Nick with Porchetta mentioned Southpoint is looking to focus on local dining options within the food court. Can’t wait to see what else Southpoint has in the works…
Nick also referenced this GQ article on this food court trend.
Sarge’s closes… sort of
Julius (Sarge) informed me that he’s decided to close Sarge’s restaurant in Rolesville. He cited the closing is due to ongoing health concerns. Though fans can breath a sigh of relief as the food truck will still operate.
The “sort of” twist is Sarge is in the process of converting the restaurant space into a commissary. The location is on US 401 and not far from 540, which makes a good location for Northern Wake mobile food operators.
Contact Julius by e-mail: sargeschef (at) aol (dot) com, by phone 919.247.3547 or direct message on Twitter (@SargesChef)
Events this week
Flora and Food Trucks
Porchetta and The Parlour will both be at the Flora and Food Trucks series this Saturday at Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center.
Counter Culture’s 20th Anniversary
The local roaster that supplies coffee at local shops in the area (and outside as well, I found in New Orleans) will celebrate in Durham Central Park on Saturday, April 18th. In addition to Counter Culture Coffee, attendees can expect food trucks and local vendors.
Pittsboro’s April Food Truck Rodeo
A food truck lineup has been announced with Baugettaboutit, Bandido’s, Halal Haven, Little Dippers, Red Eye BBQ, and Belgian Waffology. Bella Donna and Bear Creek Brews will also be there. The event is April 18th across from the Pittsboro Road House.
Chatham Street Chowdown
It’s finally here, the Chatham Street Chowdown, Town of Cary’s Food Truck Rally. I was at yesterday’s Downtown Cary Food and Flea (every second Sunday of the month) and the town has done a great job in the area promoting the event with flyers all over. Logistically Chatham Street will be closed between Academy and Harrison with 15 trucks and seating areas. Which allow fans to move about the area and admire the quaint downtown and local business. The event is Sunday from 12 to 4:30pm.
Events for the remainder of the month
Over 30 food trucks listed for the event taking place on April 25th from 2 to 10pm on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh. This event is one of those big events that puts a bow on NC Beer Month (April). In addition to beer and food trucks, there is also live music that book end the festival.
Taste The Event hosts a Burger Smashdown
Watch Mattie B’s Public House, Tyler’s Taproom, Al’s Burger Shack, Buns and Only Burger prepare their favorite burger and side combinations for your vote. In addition burgers and sides, Sean Lilly Wilson of Fullsteam will pair beers for each item. Part of the ticket proceeds will fund the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The event takes place at Fullsteam Brewery on April 25th. Tickets available here.
Art of Cool Project
This jazz festival takes place in Downtown Durham the weekend of April 24-26th. Next week, I’ll highlight which food trucks will be at what events and where.
Special Food Truck Dinners
Food trucks and breweries are having special dinners at their taprooms. Here are a few going on now:
The Ritz looking for Food Trucks
Every month, The Ritz in Raleigh will have Tribute Nights. The next one will be April 11th (this Saturday) with Liverpool (a Beatles Tribute band). These events will be promoted on various media channels (radio, B2B, social, etc.), which food trucks will be highlighted on as well. If you are interested, contact them today (the event is Saturday).
The Ritz is located at 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh. If you probably don’t recognize the venue, as they had major renovations completed this year.
Food Trucks Hiring
Jay’s Italian Ice is looking for part time help. See their Facebook page for contact information.
With Gussy’s opening up a new restaurant in May, Gus (“Gyro Hero”) is looking for the help, especially with a grill person. Contact him for more information.
New food truck, Thai Street, is growing in popularity and are looking for some help. Contact info [at] thaistreetfoodtruck [dot] com
Trucks Giving Back
I hope you can recall last year when Gussy’s organized a rodeo that was just for the Durham Rescue Mission. The event was participated by Gussy’s, Stuft, Chick-N-Que, and Not Just Icing, where they provided food to those at the Rescue Mission for free. Gus wants to do the event again expanding it to more trucks and Rescue Mission locations. If your food truck is interested, contact Gus at 919-656-7096 or Direct/Private Message @GreekGussys. The event was covered by many media outlets, including a live shot by Anthony Wilson from ABC 11.
Trucks Opening Locations
KoKyu BBQ opened Na’mean, a sandwich shop, today at 4823 Meadow Dr, Ste. 108 in Durham. Check out info on our Wheels and Mortar post.
Captain Ponchos (Southern Village, Chapel Hill), Deli-icious, and Sol Tacos have released they have restaurant locations in the works this year. Stay tuned on details.
Porchetta expected to open mid to late May in the Streets of Southpoint food court in the old Five Guys location.
Big Events Coming
For Rodeos, check out the Rodeo Page.
Beericana presented by 919 Beer
In 2014, the Triangle was introduced to an awesome event with local beer, food trucks, and music. Thankfully we will see this again September 12th, 2015. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on the blog.
Outside the Triangle
The inaugural Capital City Food Truck Convention organized by the DMV Food Truck Association (DC-Maryland-Virgina) is taking place this Sunday, April 19th. This one day event will gather current and new food truck owners, as well as, other people within the industry. For more details on the location, registering and agenda, see the association’s website.
Lowcountry Vendors and Food Truck Expo
The event is taking place Saturday, May 2nd down in Beaufort, SC. The event is highlighting the community and they are looking for food trucks to promote the region. For more details on the event, you can see more at their Facebook Page.
ROAM is coming to Orlando, Florida
Hopefully you caught last week’s special post on the 2014 event.
Circle your calendars now for ROAM 2015 in Orlando. This is the only food truck industry conference that brings owners and industry-specific people together. I’ll have a special post just on my experience here in San Antonio. But in short, if you are someone in the food truck business, I think you need to be here. The dates are November 15 and 16th, which is Sunday and Monday. Hopefully, those are admin days and only 8 1/2 hours (by car) between the Triangle and Orlando. I hope we can exponentially expand our representation for this one.
Food Trucks and Restaurants to support (RED) in June 2015
I came back from the ROAM Conference early November 2014 was about the (RED) organization. The (RED) Organization fights AIDS in Africa where 2/3 of those with AIDS are located. In 2014, the organization had events around the food and beverage industry. However, they want to make it bigger and get everyone involved. It would be a nice scene to see food trucks featuring a (RED) menu next June!
For more details on the event, check out details at (RED)‘s website dedicated to the food and beverage industry.
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