Food trucks are rolling into Chapel Hill. Literally.
After opening its second brick and mortar location in Carrboro, Monterrey Mexican Restaurant dove into the food truck business in June.
Their food truck, located on Chapel Hill Tire’s parking lot, sells food from 6 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays to Thursdays and from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Unlike Monterrey’s menu at their restaurant, the food truck serves fewer items, but they still sell customer favorites like street tacos, Arroz con Pollo and taco supremes.
"A big percentage of our customers are UNC students, and we want them to know about our restaurants,” Monterrey owner Jose Linares said. “So, (with the food truck), we can give them a small taste of what we have."
In August 2014, Sutton’s Drug Store and Pantana Bob's teamed up to open Pantana Bob's & Sutton's Food Truck, which serves hamburgers and hot dogs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
“Food trucks are lots of hard work, like any restaurant business,” Sutton’s Drug Store owner Dawn Penney said. “It’s demanding. And, if someone hires you for an event, it’s very fast paced for a very short period of time.”
Time Out Restaurant also uses a food truck to sell their food. Their truck is three-years-old, but its business is now mostly limited to private settings like weddings, church events and fundraisers.
“Usually students (come to the food truck) because they know Time Out, and when they get married and the food truck is there, they’re overjoyed,” owner Eddie Williams said. “It’s fun.”
Mirroring their in-store favorites, chicken cheddar biscuits, mac and cheese, collard greens, biscuit pudding and chicken barbecue are Time Out’s most popular menu items.