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.
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Will & Pops gets a new truck
Dubbed Will and Pops 2.0 a new truck will hit the streets mid Feb. Keep posted @willandpops. They are famous for creations like the “Big Kev”, “Hell Burger” and “919” burgers and “Gangsta” and other grilled cheese creations. Big fan of Will and Pop’s, especially since it seems they are always giving back to the community. Congrats and can’t wait to see the new whip!
Big Easy: Mardi Gras Party
From Noon to 10 pm on February 17th, Big Easy will throw a huge party on Fayetteville Street for Mardi Gras. One of the freshest, hottest truck on the streets, CockADoodleMoo (“seems everyone is curious!) will be here. Not sure if there will be more (poster says “food trucks”). I’ll keep you posted, but see their website for details or their Facebook Page.
Stuft and Bam Pow Chow Top 10 Rookies
Fans came in full force last week and both Stuft and Bam Pow Chow gathered enough nominations to be listed in the nationwide Top 10 poll. When writing, Stuft was ahead, but had a Stripcheeze (Las Vegas, NV) closing in. If you haven’t voted, do so by this Friday night.
Sweet Stacey Cakes returning to Triangle?
Things that make me sad are food trucks leaving the scene. Things that make extra happy, trucks returning! 2014 brought BulKogi came back. Food Truck Fans will soon Smile again soon, as Stacey hinted that 2015 will be their year. Hope to find out more soon, but if you had missed Sweet Stacey Cakes…
Nickelpoint Brewing expanding their taproom
Nickelpoint Brewing, one of the Triangle’s newest breweries, opened back in September is looking to expand their taproom within the next few months. The brewery usually has a truck everyday, which means this a sure spot to find good local beer and a food truck. If you have not stopped by, they are in the Five Points neighborhood at 506 Pershing Road, Raleigh.
The Parlour expanding their space
Caught this on Triangle Food Guy‘s blog about The Parlour’s Downtown Durham location expanding. Based on the article, they will occupy the nearby Playworks space and expand an additional 1,000 square feet. This is great to hear sometimes its hard to find a spot to sit here. If you have not been to The Parlour it is at 117 Market Street near the Marriott Downtown Durham. Fans may want to check The Parlour’s Twitter and Facebook page for updates on temporary closures, while they prepare for the expansion.
Trucks Opening Locations
Sol Tacos (as a Sol Tapas concept) – estimated early 2015, Downtown Raleigh. I’ve seen a few hints of near Moore Square and an April 1st opening.
Deli-icious: Location is in Clayton with a 2015 date expected.
Captain Ponchos: location in Southern Village, Chapel Hill. Got word they are looking forward to February 14, 2015. So tell your date (I guess my wife will find on this post), you are going here for dinner. They are not holding back and they will a mariachi band there.
Chick-N-Que: 420 S. Main Street, Rolesville. Anticipating Early 2015.
Big Mike’s BBQ: 1222 NW Maynard Road (High House and Maynard / across from Kroger) in Cary. Big Mike has released on his Facebook page an opening is really close, as well as, Triangle Business Journal has reported this. Fans have been waiting since October and BBQ is slow-cooked, so we can wait a few more days.
And KoKyu BBQ has kept its cards close to the vest, but recently notified Kickstarter backers that they are getting closer. I’ve been eyeing this opening like a hawk, because I’m interested to see the final restaurant and menu.
Iced Cupcakes: 5911 Poyner Village Pkwy #103, Raleigh
Olio and Aceto Cafe: 400 S. Elliot Road, Chapel Hill
Sarge’s: 400 Southtown Circle, Rolesville
Sweet Traditions: 12516 Capital Blvd, Suite 106, Wake Forest
Big Events Coming
Durham Central Park 2015 Schedule released
The dates for next year’s rodeo have been released. They are: January 25th, March 8th, June 21th, September 6, and November 1. If interested, the Durham Central Park recognized Ben Weber, Becky Hacker (Pie Pushers) and Brian Bottger (Only Burger) as the rodeo organizers.
Date set for February 21, 2015. Truck lineup has not been released. For more details, check out the town’s website.
World’s Largest Food Truck Festival III coming
Awhile back Generation Food Truck down in Tampa, Florida organized the largest food truck parade in March 2014. Looks like they want to organize another one this March 2015. The goal is to have over 200 food trucks at the State Fairgrounds outside of Tampa. If interested, email the organizer at Generationfoodtruck (at) gmail (dot) com. I did hear they will provide power for this event.
This event has been around, but this year was my first time. For beer (and spirits as local TOPO Distillery was here this year) and food truck fans, this is a prime event. Two stages on both ends of Fayetteville Street with beer and food trucks filling the asphalt in between. The date set is April 25, 2015 and is from 2-10pm. I know a bit early, but you might want to circle it and tell your family this is a great weekend to visit.
Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 2015 Dates announced
The day after the last one Sunday, already 2015 has been announced. Be sure to catch them May 3rd, June 14th, August 9th (evening rodeo), and October 11th. Their dates are very similar to the 2014 Rodeo and are all Sundays.
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.
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. The dates are October 25th and 26th with the host hotel still being locked down. 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 October 25 and 26th, 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 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.
Truck and Equipment For Sale
Green Olive Deli is selling their truck for $32,000 OBO. If interested, contact Hugh at 919.815.8451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jakki’s Juice Jam is closing up shop and selling their truck. If you are interested, contact them at 919-208-7405 or via their Facebook page.
If you got news, let the blog know. This is a weekly post summarizing food truck information in the Triangle area.