Huntsville, AL: Restaurant to food truck – a new venture begins

Humphrey's Food Truck coming soon!

By Meredith Wood  |  WAAYTV

Humphrey's Food Truck coming soon!
Humphrey’s Food Truck coming soon!

In Huntsville, food trucks have become something of a cult craze. In just a year, the downtown gatherings have exploded and business is booming for the mobile restaurants on wheels.

“We would like to be able to do things that nobody else is doing. So if we see there is a need for chicken wings, we will do that. If there is a need for a BBQ wagon, we can do that. We can do something more upscale, satay,” said Chris McDonald, chef and owner of The Bottle/Humphrey’s Bar and Grill.


Now, an established corner of downtown Huntsville is getting ready to launch its own version of the popular venture. The chefs and owners of Humphrey’s Bar and Grill and The Bottle are getting into the game. They have bought a trailer that will be converted into a mobile kitchen. It will serve as a way to take dishes from The Bottle out for catering events, and then, serve some Humphrey’s favorites during the Street Food Gatherings.

Their version of a food truck should be up and running in the next couple of weeks, it is just waiting for a face lift. They have already committed to an event June 20, 2015 at the Three Caves.

Jason Lafferty considers himself the pioneer of the food truck revolution in Huntsville. He startedFood Fighters out of a re-purposed school bus in January 2013. Since then, the bus has amassed a cult following, and Lafferty was able to start a restaurant (sans wheels) last November.

However, the the draw of the bus hasn’t waned.

“Every single event, they are like will you come? Will you come to our church event? Will you come to our school event?” said Jason Lafferty, owner of Food Fighters.

Instead, it is busier than ever with the monthly Street Food Gatherings downtown and the other events frequented by the food trucks.

The next gathering is Friday, May 15, 2015 in Big Spring Park from 6-9 p.m.