Restaurants Turn To Food Trucks To Get Through Pandemic

With more and more people going outside, so are business owners banking on food trucks to have a big spring and summer. WBZ-TV's Rachel Holt reports.

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- New tonight, moving from inside restaurants to a mobile walk-up window. It's a new option that some restaurants are turning to, in order to cook up new business.

- And it is working. WBZ's Rachel Holt shows us the new focus on food trucks.

RACHEL HOLT: With more and more people going outside, so are business owners banking on food trucks to have a big spring and summer.

MATT CHELKO: With the pandemic situation what it was, we thought, let's try to broaden our horizons and do something different that we've never done before.

RACHEL HOLT: Summer Shack, which has been in business for over 20 years, launched their first-ever food truck on April 16th.

MATT CHELKO: You don't have to put down tables six feet apart from each other. There's-- by the nature of the truck being what it is, people are going to be a lot more distanced from the people coming in. That's a nice change of pace from having to worry about stuff like that in a restaurant.

ANNE-MARIE AIGNER: People are coming out of their homes and seeing food trucks as another dining option, a safe dining option. And we're getting new food trucks every day, as well, since food trucks are also feeling the optimism.

RACHEL HOLT: Nathalie Lecorps and Karyn Glemaud were deciding between a brick and mortar or a food truck for their new venture, Gourmet Kreyol, ultimately choosing a restaurant on wheels.

NATHALIE LECORPS: Definitely the right choice. Definitely. Because I know, because of COVID, everything that's going on with the restaurants and the capacity of people that they can have in their restaurant is, you know, it's really low.

RACHEL HOLT: Gourmet Kreyol launched this week with plans to spend Thursdays in Jamaica Plain and Fridays in the South End. But already, due to the turnout, they're thinking of ramping up business.

NATHALIE LECORPS: This is amazing. God is so good. I'm so happy. I'm grateful. We're probably gonna add a couple of more days.

- There's just kind of, for me, like a lift in the air. And I'm excited to just be able to eat outdoors and enjoy the weather, the good company, and good food

RACHEL HOLT: For WBZ News, I'm Rachel Holt.