The door opens, but will the food trucks arrive? | New
MAGGIE VALLEY – When Maggie Valley executives open the door to food trucks next month, the next challenge might be to attract vendors to the community.
There are nearly a dozen food truck companies licensed by the Haywood County Department of Health and Human Services, but many say they’re happy with the locations they already have – places where regular customers know where to find them and where the costs are cheaper, if they are charged. at all.
Others, however, are interested in what the installation in Maggie Valley might offer.
Tyler Massey has just commissioned his food truck and said he would definitely turn to Maggie Valley.
Massey’s Mobile Food menu includes hand-prepared burgers, Philly cheese steak, homemade nachos, hot dogs and chicken fillets.
“It’s your staple American food,” Massey said. “I worked in food for a while, as did my wife, so we won’t have to worry about work. “
Massey has said he would like to stay in Haywood County and possibly add breakfast items once the lunch and dinner time slots run out.
Leah Fowler is co-owner of the Fuego Food Truck where the lunch and dinner offerings alternate. Main menu items include beef sliders, buttermilk fried chicken sliders, BLT wrap, and blackened shrimp tacos. There’s also hand-cut fries, homemade crisps, and a Honeycrisp apple and baby spinach salad.
“I think having a food truck adds diversity to a city,” she said. “It’s not going to take away from an ordinary restaurant. It gives people other options and a little something different.
Fowler said his little unit was making maybe $ 500 to $ 1,000 a day, and that’s if it’s open all day.
“We’re pretty established on a weekly basis,” she said. “We have some free time and could possibly move to Maggie Valley. It depends on the location and the good visibility.
Fuego has a customer base that follows food truck locations through Facebook, where people will check out the company’s Facebook page and drop by as long as they’re easy to find.
Mi Montanita serves authentic Mexican food at a regular site across from Ingles in West Waynesville. Maria Bonilla said she serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and opens for Friday and Saturday night dances held at the REO nightclub across the road.
She is not looking for a new location.
The Holy Cow Food Truck is operated by Haywood Pathways Center as a social enterprise whose proceeds offset the cost of operating the homeless shelter.
Mandy Haithcox is the director of the Pathways Center and said the food truck serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday to Saturday and has private properties where no fees are charged.
Signature offerings are hand burgers, hand cut fries, barbecue and the new menu favorite, house quesadillas.
“We’re in a place where we don’t necessarily make a profit, but we don’t lose money either,” she said.
The current schedule brings Holy Cow to places such as the parking lots at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Clyde, First Baptist Church in Waynesville, Habitat Restore parking lot, and Creekwood Farm RV park in Jonathan Creek and other places according to the opportunities.
Business has been buoyant at all locations, she said, and the schedule of operations remains busy, which means there may not be the ability to settle regularly in Maggie Valley.
“This month, for example, we only had three openings,” she said.
Jeff McLeod of Hit the Pit BBQ said he has been following Maggie Valley’s discussion about licensing mobile catering units.
“It would be a good place for food trucks,” he said. “We could try it on a Monday, and that would depend on how it went.”
Hit the Pit BBQ mainly offers barbecue, but also has items such as meatloaf, mashed potatoes, chicken garlic parmesan wrap, turkey bacon wrap and many more. homemade desserts.
“It’s good home cooking,” said McLeod, who operates two food trucks, one based in Clyde where the operation’s commissary is located, and the other near the Canton paper mill where they are located. Usually set up for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Appalachian Smoke BBQ owner JD Medford said he does a lot of business in Maggie Valley, settling on festival grounds or Elevated Mountain Distilling.
However, he wasn’t sure to try something different as winter approached, as he discovered that people don’t come in food trucks when the weather is bad.
The main offering is barbecue of all kinds, although smoked bologna and spaghetti can sometimes be found on the menu, he said.
Loyalists can find Appalachian Smoke BBQ set up every other Friday at Dellwood Baptist Church, where the Medfords are members, and most recently at Cruso where there is no restaurant and the daytime population has exploded as the community. faced the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred.
In addition to providing meals, Medford puts out a tip jar where all tips are intended to help flood victims in the county.
“The good Lord has provided us with a way to make a living with this, but it is also intended for us to use it to help others,” he said.
Medford entered the food truck business after losing his job 12 years ago and decided that since he enjoyed cooking barbecues for his family and friends he would open a food truck.
“I have never been so satisfied with everything I have done,” he said.
Although helping Cruso has taken a long time lately, Medford said he and his wife are always willing to try new places, especially somewhere near their home, so it’s not out of the question. to try Maggie Valley.
Forke in the Road offers home cooking from a food truck permanently located just outside the city limits of Waynesville. Other authorized suppliers include Lenoir Creek Beef & Bakery, Jose’s Taco Truck, Harvest Moon Crepes, and Pavino’s Pizza.
Neighboring counties also have a variety of licensed food trucks.