By CINDY HOEDEL | The Kansas City Star
Brett Atkinson of Peculiar, Mo., is co-owner of Wilma’s Real Good Food, wilmasrealgoodfood.com, a food truck specializing in home-style favorites with a twist, like fried mashed potato balls. Wilma’s will serve lunch Friday through Sunday the first weekend in July at Good JuJu in the West Bottoms and dinner at Truck Stop at 21st and Wyandotte streets on First Friday in July. This conversation took place in a parking lot in the Crossroads the day after artists Sike Style and Daniel Bartle painted a mural on the side of the trailer.
Q What kind of trailer do you have?
A It’s a 25-foot 1966 Avion. It’s similar to an Airstream but harder to find.
Q Where did you find it?
A In a field out by Stilwell. The moment I decided I wanted one, I went on Craigslist, and a lady had just posted it.
Q When was that?
A June or July of last year.
Q Had you ever had a trailer before?
Q Did you know much about them?
A No. If I would have, I would have probably changed directions instantly.
A There’s a certain ambience about the trailer. You don’t see anything like that around. You think, “This is easy. I take the old stuff out and put the new stuff in.”
But there’s no such thing as parts for it. There’s no such thing as support for it. Everything that went into that trailer, my longtime friend and business partner, Michael Larue, either hand-built it or engineered it ourselves.