By Jere Downs | The Courier-Journal
Question: What is your story?
Answer: There is no other food truck that concentrates solely on fried chicken. We call it the “chicken bus.” We are Troy King and Selena Johnson. We started Pollo in 2014.
Q: What food do you serve?
A: We have a fried chicken gyro, a loaded potato twister, which is our version of loaded nachos to which we add chicken and cheese and salsa and crema. We have chicken and waffles. We have a chicken po’ boy sandwich, chicken cordon bleu and for the summer we’re going to do grilled bourbon chicken. Our customers are making us do it. Otherwise, the healthiest thing on our truck is the water. It is fried chicken after all.
Q: How do people find you?
A: People find us using Facebook, Twitter and lately, Instagram. We are also available via phone or email for booking for private events.
Q: What are the biggest rewards of serving food from a truck?
A: If business is bad in a location, we can just pick up and move to another location. We want to set ourselves apart, not only from other food trucks, but to create a different type of dining. We want to be able to bring food to the people.
Q: What’s your beef?
A: We are trying to break down that stigma, that street food is just someone taking a barbecue grill and putting it on the street with hot dogs and hamburgers. Food trucks have to follow the same rules as other restaurants. The weather is also a huge challenge because you can’t control it.
Q: Which food trucks inspire you?
A: I used to work for a former Louisville food truck called the San Diego Sandwich Works. I also admire Le Truc, a food truck in San Francisco that is a modified school bus.
Q: How can Louisville grow its food truck culture?
A: We need someone to invest in a street food park. The problem with Louisville is that most of the land that would be right for a street food park is a little pricey. Mayor Greg Fischer has definitely embraced us, because he is an entrepreneur. Louisville is a foodie town.
Q: What is your mission?
A: My aspirations are to own not just a food truck, but a food truck company with many different concepts. I am also working on a restaurant, serving chicken and ribs, in Louisville. I have five children. Two of them work on the truck. As they get older, I would like for them to come up with their own food truck concept so they can learn they don’t have to work for anyone else.
Pollo Gourmet Chicken Joint
The Pollo Louisville “chicken bus” posts its whereabouts everyday on Facebook and Twitter. To reach the bus, call (502) 779-1993 or (502) 727-2764. You can also find Louisville area food trucks in real time at www.FoodTruckLouisville.com