A hugely popular street food restaurant in Co Fermanagh is to head out on the road this year as its chef prepares to launch a food truck business.
Former Great British Menu contestant Marty McAdam, who owns and is the head chef at The Street Kitchen in Enniskillen, plans to get his food truck on the road in spring and bring it to various locations in the county.
Marty told Belfast Live he was looking at ways to expand his offering, and thought a food truck was the perfect way of bringing his food to people in a different way.
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“We get asked all the time to do outside catering and I was very reluctant to ever do it because I never want the quality to diminish,” the chef said.
“We looked at a lot of things last year, we thought about opening a cookery school and were asked about taking over other premises.
“Just with the increases in electricity and overheads we just decided what we have is enough, we don’t need to put added pressure on staff or ourselves to expand.
“The food trailer was quite low cost and it’s more of a one-off payment of buying it, it allows us then to get more staff in and look after the staff that we have a bit more.
“Come the spring time we will have it branded and ready to go. Fermanagh is becoming more and more a foodie destination so it’s a really good add on to the business."
While there is no fixed days for when Marty’s shiny new yellow truck will be on the road, he says it’s the perfect way of trying out what works and what doesn’t.
“We’re not going to stress too much about getting open three, four, five days a week, we’re just going to take it as it comes," he said.
“We might do something down around the Forum, pending permission from the council. In the summertime places like that and the Round O would be great because sometimes people don’t want to come into a restaurant in the hot weather.
“Food trucks are big in the south, but not so much in the North at the minute, but it is starting to catch up.
“It’s great because you’re not really tied down to a certain place, you can take it wherever you want.”
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