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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Food trucks find route to revenue during pandemic

Josh and Michelle Spurlock’s simple plan to transfer their successful food truck business into a full-service cafe inside the Edmond Railyard has been downright Dickensian.
The worst of times was having a grand opening set for Blue J's Rockin' Grill on March 25, the day after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced a statewide Safer at Home order and just days before the Edmond City Council would announce a Shelter in Place order.
The best of times was realizing the solution was parked outside in Blue J's Rollin'.
"We tried doing carryout for a few days," Michelle Spurlock said. "But why would Latest The Oklahoma Times anyone go inside a food hall to pick up food when a truck can drive right to them?"

The Spurlocks, like most local food truck operators, are finding their subset within the hospitality industry is experiencing a mini boom.
“It has been crazy busy for us,” said Saucee Sicilian owner Gannon Mendez by text. “We had to get another phone line set up because of all the call-in orders.”
Mendez said his family's Saucee truck is booked through mid-May, Tuesday through Saturday, operating like the ice cream man without a loudspeaker chiming "Pop Goes the Weasel."
Mendez, whose Saucee truck launched in 2014 and will be featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives” in May, described neighborhood bookings as hit and miss previous to the pandemic. Once a week or twice a month would've been good. He said he and his wife Angie are selling between 160 and 300 pies a night in housing additions, mostly on the city’s northwest and northeast edges.
No one with a mobile kitchen is happy about the pandemic, but Mendez believes positives have emerged.
“There might be a change in food trucking because of these neighborhoods,” he said. “The bond between neighbors and food has been enhanced and neighborhoods are wanting to build on it after everything.”
Mendez said some homeowners associations are already booking neighborhood gigs for after summer, or whenever the public health crisis passes.
“They want to build on neighborhood togetherness,” he said.
Mendez said communicating with so many different neighborhood organizers has made it clear the crisis is bringing people together even though they can’t interact face to face.
“I bet the majority of the people never really knew who lived around them until now,” Mendez said. “It is a really cool sight to see everyone come together.”
To ensure the surprise mini-boom for mobile kitchens doesn’t hamper the public health effort, Mendez and the Spurlocks are hyper-aware of their surroundings. Michelle Spurlock said only she, Josh and one other employee have been working to keep their loop tight as possible.
Blue J’s Rolling Truck, like Saucee and most of the trucks in operation right now, only takes orders via phone or digital application.
“We’re not taking any orders at the window. We make sure everyone understands they have to order ahead,” Spurlock explained. “When people arrive, I just put the order out the window and they walk up and get it. Everything’s paid for in advance. So far, people have been really respectful of keeping their distance.”
Despite all the effort and the good fortune of being able to not only operate but Press Release Distribution Services flourish, the Spurlocks agree they’d be happy to shut down but for different reasons.
“I wanted to stay home and drink beer naked on the couch, but she won’t let me!” Josh said before firing up the flat top in front of a playground in The Ridge in far north Edmond on Wednesday.
Michelle's reasons are broader.
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