Grilled Cheese Truck serves up opportunities for vets
First 100 trucks franchised to military veterans
SAN ANTONIO - The Grilled Cheese Truck is rolling into San Antonio- the first Texas city to host the Los Angeles-based food truck that serves good ‘ole comfort food many people crave.
“They remember it whether it was with mom, or grandma, or after school or college, but its always a good feel for them,” said the truck’s founder and chef, Dave Danhi.
As the business expands, the first 100 trucks nationwide will be franchised to military veterans. And where better to start in Texas than Military City U.S.A.?
Vernon Gibson, who spent 4 years in the Marine Corps and 16 years in the Army, is the first veteran in the country to operate one of the trucks.
Gibson’s truck is stationed in Phoenix, Arizona, and he says he knows the frustration of trying to find a job after retiring from the military.
“I had twenty years’ experience in food service,” he said. “But you go to high-end restaurants and its ‘oh, you were a cook in the military.’ So the only job I could get was at Golden Corral or buffet style places, and I wasn’t going to do that.”
“They need jobs. They’re coming back and there’s nothing for them,” Danhi said. “Within a year these guys are going to be able to make some really good money and be an owner, which is not something a lot of them get to do.”
The trucks are being prepped in New Braunfels before making their way to San Antonio just in time for Independence Day.
The Grilled Cheese Truck will be parked at the city’s 4th of July celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. From noon to 2 pm, it will serve veterans, active duty military and their families for free.
After the 4th, Danhi says you can expect to see The Grilled Cheese Truck parked permanently in the Alamo City- although exact locations are still being scouted.
Trucks will also make their way to Austin and Dallas.
The signature sandwich on the menu is the “cheesy mac ‘n rib.” That’s “southern mac ‘n cheese, pulled barbeque pork, caramelized onions all pressed together into a beautiful little grilled cheese,” said Danhi.
And there are plenty more non-traditional, cheesy items on the menu which all come together to create a variety of options for customers as well as veterans.
“I took that chance and I’m loving every minute of it,” said Gibson.
To find out more about The Grilled Cheese Truck, click http://www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com/
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