Last week Facebook and Twitter lit up when Seth Gross, owner of Bull City Burger and Brewery (107 E. Parrish St., Durham, 919-680-2333), announced that the restaurant would be "jumping on the bandwagon with a four-wheeled mobile vehicle." Fans were eager for another Triangle food truck. But it turns out that Gross intended his use of the word "wagon" to be read literally. His new venture: a hand cart called the Patty Wagon that will operate within a twohttp://www.bullcityburgerandbrewery.com/BCB&B/Home.html-block radius of the downtown eatery.
One of Bull City Burger and Brewery's immediate neighbors is City Hall, where employees, Gross believes, have limited time for a lunch break. "We decided we'd take the food to them," he says. One reason Gross selected the wagon over other modes of transportation was for its ability to travel where other things aren't allowed. "It can go in a building and up an elevator to an office," Gross says.
The wagon is decked out with Bull City glass growlers, which knock together to alert customers. "You hear clinging bottles coming down your hall and you know your lunch is ready," Gross explains.
However, you need to order your lunch in advance and the Patty Wagon will then deliver it. Orders must be phoned in to Bull City Burger between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Patty Wagon then makes deliveries between noon and 1 p.m. There is a $2 delivery fee and a $10 minimum for orders.
Chapel Hill moved closer to allowing food trucks within town limits Monday night during a public hearing where members of the Town Council expressed initial support for the mobile vendors provided that regulations could be set and enforced.
“I don’t envision this as something that would only be a benefit to the downtown,” Mayor pro Tem Jim Ward said. “I think it could be many places in this community.”
The elected leaders learned from town staff that they could dictate how many trucks are in one location at one time but not the total number of trucks in town. They can’t require food trucks to use Chapel Hill-based commissaries, locations where the trucks dump grease and are cleaned. Staff also told the Council that it’s difficult to ensure that food truck sales made in Chapel Hill contribute to the sales tax base if the truck is based outside of the town.