Just over a year ago, Dylan Moore, the owner/chef of Deluxe and Delite and co-owner of Deluxe Burger, launched the Little Orange Rocket, a tangerine-hued food truck that hustled what Moore called "refined street food from around the world." And while it was a good ride, says Moore, the truck will turn off its engine for good today after one last hurrah at Civic Center Eats.
"We had a super fun time with the truck, and business was really good, so this isn't about money," explains Moore, "but the fact of the matter is that the truck was really stringing us out, mainly because it was eating up our summers, and I have a family to take care of and restaurants to run."
Aside from that, says Moore, "There was always something that we needed to have done to it, whether it was a minor repair, or more propane. It takes maintenance to have a food truck, and ultimately, this came down to a lifestyle choice for myself and Jill Warner, my business partner, who probably spent more time dealing with it than I did."
Moore plans to sell the truck, which comes equipped with a flattop grill, refrigeration, a deep-fryer and a brand new hood. If you're interested, it'll be on display today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Civic Center Park, where Moore and his crew will dish out those revered truffled mac-and-cheese balls for the last time.
"We're definitely sad about this, and we're really going to miss hanging out at Civic Center Eats and participating in the Justice League parties -- we love those parties -- but, who knows, maybe we'll simplify things a bit and get a cart instead," muses Moore, who will have time to think about his next move when he takes off for Santa Monica and Los Angeles in a few days on a food expedition.
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