Food truck spawns stand alone restaurant
by Lisa Tome
After being on the move for five years, Brian Williams is now stationary.
At least part of the time.
Williams, who owns the Crave Eatery truck with his parents, Alice and John Skinner, has opened a stand alone take out only restaurant along Elkton's Bridge Street. The restaurant is across from Elkton Car Wash.
For five years, Williams, his family and his staff have worked to establish the food truck business. Now, they will continue to operate the truck and will man the new site. They will also continue the catering business. The restaurant is currently open for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It will be open seven days a week and may expand into the dinner hour. They also offer local delivery.
"People are always trying to find the truck," said Williams. "Nothing is changing. We're still going to have the truck."
He said the restaurant has had a "soft" opening. They've been expanding the hours and the menu day by day. Breakfast includes tacos, breakfast bowls, homemade biscuits and gravy, and homemade crafted oatmeal. "Our oatmeal is outstanding. But I don't know if people will come out for oatmeal," said Williams. The lunch menu includes tacos, rice and bean bowls, mexi-mac bowls and more. "We're take out, that's not traditional take out. We're not pizza and we are not chinese (food)," he said.
One change that Williams has encountered is the fact that the core staff from the food truck is split. He said running the truck was a collaborative effort and splitting the staff has been a challenge. "This is a work in progress," he said. He also said much of the food is homemade and there is an emphasis on fast service. Chicken and dumplings and grilled shrimp tacos will also be offered by popular demand.
Rik Stewart is running the kitchen. Stewart brings a host of experience in the job. He has worked at Woody's as kitchen manager, McGlynn's, the Deer Park, and other area eateries. He's been cooking professionally since 1996. "I like to make barbecue. Alabama barbecue. We may offer that as a special. The menu is constantly changing and we're building," said Stewart.
The Crave truck will have some new venues this spring including one in downtown Rising Sun. The truck will be at Ace Hardware, West Main Street, on Tuesdays. Mondays, the truck is in Newark, Delaware, Wednesdays it is at State Line Liquors, Thursdays at Williams Auto Mall and Fridays at the Cecil County Administration Building.
"Over the years we've been known as the business who does weird stuff. We've carved out a niche as that weird company," added Williams.
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