By Robert Grattan | Austin Business Journal
Kebabalicious, the European-Turkish food truck that has been pedaling falafel downtown for six years, is getting ready to move into an East Austin brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Owners Christopher Childre, Krisitan Ulloa and Mark Turk have invested more than $150,000 to remake the old 1920’s building at 11311 E. Seventh St., which will open Sept. 15. It will offer diners indoor and outdoor seating, wireless Internet, a ping-pong table, hookahs and the same food from its trailer.
“The food truck is my playground, I’m bringing everything I’ve done there to the storefront,” said Childre. “The menu is going to increase. We’ll have an oven now — we never had an oven before.”
They’ve come a long way from the first food truck, which they scraped together with borrowed parts and $10,000, Childre said.
The owners had plans to move into the location last February, but were delayed when applying for permits.
Kebabalicious now has two food trucks downtown. The owners were forced in May to move from its Second Street and Congress Avenue location when construction began on the JW Marriott Hotel. The trucks now cook kebabs on the corners of Seventh Street and Congress Avenue, and Seventh and Trinity streets.