Dylan Moore put the brakes on the Little Orange Rocket yesterday, parking the food truck after a final appearance at Civic Center Eats in order to focus on his restaurants: Deluxe, Delite and Deluxe Burger.
The news did not come as a surprise to Kaz:
The food truck scene in Denver is like the dot-com boom -- fast and furious rise, but will most likely have a short lifespan. Only those who serve real food that people actually want to eat, and not because it's trendy, will survive. People in general are fickle. Once the novelty wears off, they'll move on to the next thing.
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But the Little Orange Rocket faced some roadblocks unique to this operation.
Moore had partnered with the owners of Mod Livin' on the Little Orange Rocket; Deluxe Burger is tucked into a corner of the store at 5327 East Colfax Avenue, and the truck had used the Deluxe Burger kitchen as its commissary. But complaints from neighbors who didn't like the truck parking in the alley -- even though the alley is actually a private driveway that belongs to Mod Livin' -- had definitely slowed the partners' interest in keeping the truck running.
While the Little Orange Rocket is now grounded, and the truck for sale, there are still dozens of food trucks operating in Denver -- and you can follow their itineraries on Cafe Society's Truck Tracker. We're including every truck with a Twitter handle; if you know of one that should be added, send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply post it below.