Lord’s Diner to park food truck near Evergreen Recreation Center

09/10/2013 6:38 AM

08/06/2014 8:56 AM

Food trucks are so popular, even God is getting one.

Well, his diner is anyway.

The Lord’s Diner is going to begin operating a food truck this month and park it at the Evergreen Recreation Center near 26th and Arkansas.

“It’s for everyone – particularly people in need,” says Lord’s Diner director Jan Haberly.

The Kansas Food Bank suggested that area, which is where Cloud Elementary School is. Haberly says about 90 percent of the school’s lunches are free or reduced in price.

“That’s kind of a key that there’s need in that area.”

Even before the food truck craze hit Wichita a couple of years ago, the Lord’s Diner started considering a truck.

Someone on the Lord’s Diner board saw a similar nonprofit truck in Texas several years ago.

“We were looking at ways to expand our mission, and we just thought that was kind of a cool idea,” Haberly says.

Starting Sept. 23, the truck will be at the rec center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. every Monday through Thursday, which is what worked for the center.

Haberly says the Lord’s Diner wanted a dining area for potential truck patrons, which the rec center is providing. She says the Lord’s Diner didn’t want to use someone else’s kitchen, though.

“We keep the food safety controls in our hands.”

Haberly says the Lord’s Diner wants the flexibility of a truck to potentially drive to other sites as well. There are already discussions about a second truck.

Each of the free truck meals will have a meat, starch, vegetable and fruit or salad along with dessert.

“We try and do a balanced meal,” Haberly says.

The truck doesn’t have an official name, though Haberly teasingly named it while working on it recently.

“I named it Francis today after the pope.”

What now?

Bill Warren claims he isn’t worried about locusts, but perhaps he should be.

His IMAX theater in Moore, Okla. – the same one that was hit by a tornado in May – had a fire Sunday night that did about $10,000 in damage to the theater's roof.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” Warren says. “It could have been a big deal.”

An air vent motor caught fire, he says, though it’s still not clear what caused it.

“We don’t know if maybe the fan got some debris in it from the storm,” Warren says.

He says it could have been electrical damage that didn’t immediately show up.

Whatever it was, Warren says he feels nothing but lucky.

“To be honest with you, I feel very fortunate,” he says.

He knows the tornado hurt other businesses in his immediate area much worse than his.

Warren says he wondered if movie sales would return to what they were before the tornado, but he says even those have been good.

“I never had a theater shut down maybe other than a day of my entire career,” he says.

The theater shut down for eight days.

“I just didn’t know if there would be some lingering effect of people going elsewhere.”

That hasn’t happened, Warren says.

All the way around, he says, “If you think about it, we were lucky.”

So the threat of locusts – or any other natural or man-made disasters – isn’t a concern for Warren.

“Not even close.”

You don’t say

“That’s for sure a venial sin, and it might possibly elevate to a mortal sin depending on how many figs he tossed.”

Koch Industries spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia on someone who threw away figs from a shoot of her family’s prized fig tree, which was recently profiled in The Eagle

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

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