The Liba Falafel truck. [Photo: Benjamin Narciso Gonzalez]
Berkeleyside has a nice long piece on three East Bay street-food vendors who are planning to open up brick-and-mortar restaurants in the next year or so. First up is Fiveten Burger, run by Roland Robles, which is planning a "comfortable" spot in an undisclosed East Bay location, with a continued burger-centric focus. Gail Lillian of Liba Falafel (which was one of the first trucks ever to grace the Bay Area scene) is also hoping to open a more casual spot, with a falafel bar full of unusual condiments like rosemary peanuts, raw beets with orange, and cabbage with black sesame, in addition to standard offerings like hummus and harissa. She's also mum on a location and timeline, though both she and Robles say their trucks will continue to operate even as they segue into a more traditional restaurant format.
The member of the trio making the most progress on a brick-and-mortar is Jon Kosorek of Jon's Street Eats, who'll be taking over the former Looney's BBQ on 19th Street in Oakland and turning it into a restaurant called Marrow. It's a meat-centric whole animal concept, with Kosorek planning to buy, break down and serve up one animal at a time. He's currently targeting late March or early April as an opening date.
· Food trucks swap wheels for bricks and mortar [Berkeleyside]
· Marrow, From Jon's Street Eats Guy, Coming to Oakland's Uptown [Grub Street]