The fleet of food trucks in St. Louis continues to grow, with newcomer Curbside Cookery set to hit the road sometime in June.
Owner David Johnson says the bright red truck (nicknamed Ruby), which until recently was serving coffee on the streets of Springfield, Mo., will be a platform for serving up twists on comfort-food favorites like custom grilled cheese creations and portable fare like burritos. Johnson spent years working in various positions in the Domino's and Papa John's organizations learning the ins and outs of running a business, as well as cooking for local eateries like the Train Wreck.
"At those places, I definitely learned that 'speedy' is a virtue," he says, which will come in handy when feeding customers on limited lunch breaks.
Johnson says the impetus for the truck was his desire to get out of managing others and do his own thing, and after a lot of planning, things are starting to come together quickly. The truck was delivered just last week, and he's in the process of fitting it out with the necessary equipment, like a hood system and gas lines.
"Everything is really coming together," Johnson says. “We're putting the puzzle together now. I'm really excited about the whole thing. I'm grinning ear to ear as I talk about it."
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