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Wichita’s original food truck making a one-night return, offering free food

Gyro Cart, owned by Travis Hatfield and Nick Srour, will make a one-night return on Saturday at Peerless, a downtown bar.
Gyro Cart, owned by Travis Hatfield and Nick Srour, will make a one-night return on Saturday at Peerless, a downtown bar.

One of Wichita’s original food trucks, from way back before Wichita had food trucks, is making a one-night-only reappearance this weekend – and it’s giving gyros away for free.

Gyro Cart was a little mobile food business that buddies Nick Srour and Travis Hatfield opened in 2008. They’d park in Old Town after hours and sell their special $5 gyro sandwiches to people coming out of the bars. They always sold out of their inventory.

“The only other person that was down there was a guy selling hotdogs,” Hatfield said. “At that time, we could be out until 3 or 4 a.m. selling food.”

The cart lasted for about a year before both moved on to start their own businesses. Srour took over John’s Pita Bakery, and Hatfield bought Uncle Sam’s Bar in Haysville. Last month, he opened Peerless, a bar at 919 E. Douglas.

But people never forgot those gyros, which featured meat that had been cooked in garlic sauce and seared until the edges were crispy.

On Saturday, the buddies are reuniting to bring the Gyro Cart back to life. They no longer have the actual cart, but starting at 10 p.m., they’ll give away their famous gyro sandwiches to customers at Peerless.

The sandwiches will be available until they run out and will be made on Srour’s pita bread, using the old recipe. There’s a chance, though remote, that if the demand is there, the pair could revive the cart and hire someone to run it, Hatfield said.

“We’ve both done other businesses,” Hatfield said. “But people still ask about the gyro cart.”

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