By Jamie Page | Tennessean.com
SPRING HILL — Plenty of drivers probably roll past Jack of Hearts BBQ in Spring Hill every day and never realize it’s there.
It’s in The Commons, a quaint shopping area but in a not-so-visible location — the thing that made owner Todd Masters decide to buy a food truck. He can only sell so much in his small restaurant anyway, so he now brings the rest directly to the people.
The food truck trend that has taken the Nashville area by storm in recent years is attracting new vendors like Masters from outlying bedroom communities like Spring Hill, and they’re often filling the hunger gap at places of work and slightly less urban areas.
“For us, we don’t have the grandest of restaurant locations and due to size restraints we only have 16 chairs; we have fought through some very lean times and this was a way to expand without taking on crushing financial obligations,” Masters said. “It’s a way to get our name out there even more.”
Jack of Hearts’ food truck started business a few weeks ago with its first weekend gig serving its entirely homemade lunch at the Spring Hill call center, TRG Customer Solutions, where the cafeteria is closed on weekends, said Chris Croft, a team leader for the restaurant.
About 65 employees ate pulled pork barbeque, ribs, smoked turkey, brisket, spicy beans and slaw.
The truck already has set up at a medical center and an elementary school and in the parking lot of a real estate broker in Green Hills.
Looking for local gigs
While most of the local food trucks frequent Nashville, some around Spring Hill are trying to focus more of their attention on Williamson County as much as possible, because it’s closer to home, Masters said.
For instance, Bistro to Go caters and serves salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, a variety of meat dishes and desserts out of its truck, going from Columbia, where it’s based, up to the Nashville/Murfreesboro areas. Sum Yum Yum, based in Spring Hill, serves Asian cuisine all over the area.
Then there’s Delta Bound Mobile Food and Catering, which is based in Spring Hill. It has an office in Franklin, a commissary in Maury County, and the husband and wife team owners live in Thompson’s Station. It primarily serves its deep-South comfort food three times a week in Cool Springs or Nashville, largely at corporate work locations.
“We are primarily doing private property when we set up,” said co-owner Stacey Mobley. “I think it’s coming along pretty well. Everything we do is scratch made, fresh cut, we don’t keep an inventory on hand, we buy local as much as we can, and people really enjoy it. But it is slowing down now because of the winter months.”