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Public at the Brickyard in Old Town is expanding its late-night food options

Public owners Drew Thompson, left, Brooke Russell and Travis Russell are making their food trailer Boss Dogg available to Old Town revelers who aren't patronizing their open-air bar, The Brickyard.
Public owners Drew Thompson, left, Brooke Russell and Travis Russell are making their food trailer Boss Dogg available to Old Town revelers who aren't patronizing their open-air bar, The Brickyard.

Wichita already knows it can get good food inside Public, the popular gastropub attached to the equally popular open-air bar The Brickyard at 129 N. Rock Island.

Now, thanks to an idea by the owners, Wichita can get good food just outside of the restaurant, too.

They've just moved their food trailer, dubbed Boss Dogg, outside of the confines of The Brickyard and on to a public-accessible pad just outside the west-facing entrance.

Their plan not only opens up valuable space inside The Brickyard, where music fans tend to sandwich in on busy spring and summer nights, but it also gives Public a way to feed hungry Old Town revelers who wouldn't otherwise come in to the bar or restaurant.

"When we first opened Boss Dogg, its purpose was to provide a food option for The Brickyard crowd," said Brooke Russell, who owns Public with her husband, Travis, and their friend, Drew Thompson. "After a couple of summers of fine tuning the menu, we’ve decided to get serious about expanding our service from the food truck."

The trio originally opened Boss Dogg in July 2015 after they bought and remodeled a vintage trailer. They parked it just to the east of The Brickyard's stage and would serve hungry customers gourmet dogs and banh mi sliders late into the night.

The just-moved trailer will be open for the time being from 6 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Soon, Brooke Russell said, it'll be open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Brickyard has installed some fencing that will allow people outside the bar get food from a separate window than people inside the bar are using. Owners also have opened up some seating on a terrace facing Mead Street where passers by can sit down to eat.

The menu will include a burger topped with caramelized onions and green tomato relish; a banh mi slider; tacos al pastor; and a gourmet hot dog topped with caramelized onions, relish and pale ale mustard. The truck also will serve chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, and potato chips.

"We've been working to fine-tune the menu so it best serves The Brickyard crowd and people who want to grab a bite to eat while walking around Old Town," Brooke Russell said. "The menu is made up of items that are easy to carry, while also featuring quality ingredients from local vendors."

An inside look at The Arcade, set to open Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Old Town. (Matt Riedl/The Wichita Eagle)

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