Food Truck Openings, Closings, and Other Developments

Here’s the latest news from the street-eats beat.

Popular poutine purveyor Eat Wonky is no longer on the road. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

PORC Mobile announced this week that it would open a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 3412 11th Street, Northwest, in Columbia Heights (where Acuario used to be). The PORC Mobile truck will also continue to roam the streets peddling pig. An opening date for the permanent restaurant is not yet forthcoming . . . stay tuned.

Also new on the scene is Goodies, a frozen custard truck set to hit the streets on March 20. The theme here is one we’re seeing at a lot of eateries these days: American nostalgia. Owner Brandon Byrd has outfitted a 60-year-old former post office van—he’s named it Gigi—which will churn out Madagascar vanilla custard to the tunes of Little Richard and the Four Seasons. Look for the thick ’n’ creamy stuff to be served in fresh-made waffle cones, and as floats, milkshakes, and sundaes. Goodies should be road-worthy by the first day of spring.

We recently checked out some stellar members of the Montgomery County food truck scene, including one that’s duplicating itself soon. The Corned Beef King’s second truck, Corned Beef King II, will start roaming MoCo within the next two months, offering the same heaping corned beef and pastrami sandwiches served on fresh Lyon Bakery rye.

But it’s sunrise, sunset in mobile-food land. Eat Wonky owner Jeff Kelley says he’s sold the brand to a “parent company” that is uninterested in keeping the concept as a truck. Kelley will no longer be affiliated with Eat Wonky, but says he’ll continue working in the food truck world as a consultant.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.