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Two downtown restaurants expanding their service to include food trucks

Two downtown restaurants expanding their service to include food trucks

Two more food trucks will soon be hitting the streets of downtown Rochester.

Mac's Restaurant will begin using its mobile kitchen to target the late-night crowd as early as next week. The restaurant, a staple of downtown for more than 60 years, received its mobile food permit from the city this past week.

According to Alex Miller, a public relations and marketing intern for Mac's, the food truck will set up along Second Street Southwest from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. It will be the first mobile food vendor to take advantage of the late-night option since the council adopted a new ordinance allowing trucks to operate in designated areas downtown.

Photo courtesy Mac's Cafe

Mac's mobile menu will feature gyros as the signature item, while also rotating in other options such as burritos and quesadillas. Miller said the restaurant is still contemplating whether to also set up for the lunch hour.

Meantime, Half Barrel, the popular pub and whiskey bar on First Avenue, is in the process of purchasing a food truck to operate downtown during the lunch hour. Owner Chris Fierst said he hopes to apply for a permit and get the truck up and running within the next few weeks.

Fierst described the decision to purchase the truck as a cost-saving move. Operating the truck, he said, would help reduce the costs of running the brick-and-mortar restaurant during the lunch break.

 

Starting next week, Half Barrel will stop serving lunch Monday through Wednesday. It will continue to offer daytime dining Thursday through Sunday for the rest of the summer, before switching over to weekends only in the fall. 

The truck will offer similar items to the restaurant's current lunch menu.

So far, the only mobile food unit offering lunch service along Second Avenue Southwest is the Back Alley Kitchen, which opened for business last month. The truck serves up food weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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