Dining With Denise Neil

Three new Wichita food trucks have ties to local restaurants

Twisted Java is opening a mobile version of its business.
Twisted Java is opening a mobile version of its business.

Please pardon the explosion of food truck news I’ve thrown at you this week, but it just keeps coming.

While reporting this week on the official start of food truck season, I uncovered news of three trucks that are new to the scene, and all of them have ties to local restaurants. I’m sure I’ll find out about two or three more by the time you read this.

Among the newbies to the fleet:

La Parrilla y Antojitos: Jesus Romero, whose family runs some of the Angela’s Cafes in Wichita, wanted to start a food business of his own. He teamed up with fiancee, Nancy Sandoval, and soon will open this food trailer, which will specialize in Mexican food like elote, fruit, Mexican pinwheel chips with hot sauce, tacos, Mexican hamburgers, sandwiches, enchiladas and quesadillas. The duo plan to open in May and say their first outing might be at the May Food Trucks at the Fountain event, which will be on May 29 at the WaterWalk, 515 S. Main.

Sweet Willy’s Hillbilly BBQ: Randy Hare, who owns Sweet Willy’s BBQ at 4628 S. Seneca, has been planning to add a food truck for a while. It’s finally ready, and he plans to introduce it at the April 24 Food Trucks at the Fountain rally. He’ll serve pulled pork sandwiches, burnt end sandwiches, cheeseburgers, baked beans, garlic slaw, fries and more. He’ll bring the truck out for special events and food truck rallies, he says.

Twisted Java Truck: Twisted Java Coffee Bar at 2615 W. 13th St. has recently joined the mobile vending business with a new van fitted with an espresso machine and a small steamer. Co-owner Jacob Jarvis has been using it for catering jobs and for special deliveries to offices in town, and he also plans to join in at food truck rallies and will start with the April 24 Food Trucks at the Fountain rally. Office workers can call 316-425-1803 to be added to the van’s coffee route.