After writing about local food trucks yesterday and their increasing presence at local events and the subsequent discussion on how they affect local brick and mortar restaurants, I found it interesting to learn how they've evolved.
Pi Pizza, to the best of my recollection, was the first food truck to hit the St. Louis streets back in 2011. Pi's truck was often found outside Barnes and was very popular with hospital staff. Other trucks soon followed, literally and figuratively, heading to places Pi pioneered. Then there was a bit of a stand off as local officials heard gripes from in place restaurants about the competition.
But what has happened is even more interesting. Food trucks have continued to flourish, but in many cases their owners have opened actual restaurants as well. Pi began as a restaurant, added the truck and then opened several more brick and mortar stores locally as well as one in DC. They are so successful, they retired their truck.
The Sweet Divine cupcakes, an early food truck opened a store as has Jilly's. Then there are the actual restaurants which added a truck to their business-Zia's, Fozzie's and others.
Interesting stuff, proving that St. Louis people like good food whether it is from a truck or a brick building.