But after trips to Portland and New York City, the couple decided they'd like to own a truck. And since Drew was also interested in bringing southern cuisine to Denver, they decided to fuse the ideas, and the Biscuit Bus was born.
Before the truck took to the streets, the couple decided to test the concept out of the bar kitchen, establishing another brand under the same Colfax roof. The Denver Biscuit Company opened on December 4, 2009, and paved the way for the Biscuit Bus, which debuted May 1, 2010.
Now, the Biscuit Bus is one of the leaders in the mobile vending scene, proffering biscuits topped with fried chicken and bacon and smothered in gravy to massive lines at markets and events around the city.
"It's been very successful," Ashleigh acknowledges.
So successful that the couple has unleashed another truck on Denver. Fat Sully's opened two years ago, satiating revelers at the Atomic Cowboy with New York style pies. Now, the Sully's Slice Truck will take those pies to the pavement.
The truck has been fitted with the same double deck pizza oven employed in the restaurant, which means slices and pies will come out hot and fresh. The menu will feature slices topped with cheese, pepperoni and sausage, as well as daily specials. And the popular gluten-free pizzas will be available, too, as long as patrons are willing to purchase a whole pie.
But that's not all.
"We're also looking for a way to do gelato," notes Ashleigh. "And we're going to have a soda fountain, which we haven't seen anywhere else. We're excited about it. It's unique to us."
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The Shaders are also fitting the truck with a sound system and wiring that will allow them to affix a big screen TV to the outside of the vehicle in hopes that they'll be summoned to provide entertainment for parties and gatherings. Because that's what the owners like about running trucks: the festive atmosphere that surrounds them.
"We like the trucks because we get to interact with crowds," says Ashleigh. "As owners, we don't always get to serve food. We really like the vibe."
The Sully's Slice truck will debut next week, with plans to make regular Wednesday stops at the Tiri's Garden farmers' market on 15th and California Streets. And like its biscuit sibling, it will be part of the Justice League of Street Food, which will hold its next event on Thursday, September 16.
For other stops and details, follow the Slice truck on Facebook.