“We plan to expand the menu as soon as the opportunity arises,” said Yonover. “We encourage everyone before work or after work to stop by. We are open for business and look forward to feeding all of Gary.”
If the first two stationary food trucks worked well enough, they hoped to open a brick oven pizza truck and a taco truck as well. Future additions could include a hot dog truck and a donut truck to create a sort of outdoor food court, said Krause.
“There are a lot of people here, a steel factory, a lot of hard workers and not much food,” he said. “We have been working hand in hand with the city to feed the people who will work every day.”
The food truck park concept will allow them to try different dishes to see what tastes good and what doesn’t.
“It’s like a blank canvas where we can do whatever we want with it,” said Krause. “Hopefully, people come out and support us.”
5th Avenue Food Stop focuses on take-away meals, emphasizing fast service so steel workers can enjoy a meal and start work on time. But it also has a picnic table provided by ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen for anyone who wants to eat there.
“We try to buy and make purchases locally, whether it’s a hardware store, an auto parts shop or getting chickens from Pastor Curtis (Whittaker Sr. of the Progressive Community Church, who runs the ranch in Gary). We try to do that much locally who we can and source our goods locally, “says Paul Yonover. “We want to be an integral part of the city of Gary. We know that retaining employees is important. We know that shopping locally is important. We will do all of that.”