As of this September, all those Gorilla Cheese lovers out there will no longer have to go on a food truck hunt to get their hands on their favourite grilled cheese sandwich.
The truck, run by Joe and Chris Ireland and their son, Brad, Ireland, started the day serving breakfast at another location, just down the street from Aristocrat Motors, at 9400 W. 65th St., Merriam.
In Montgomery County, food-truck vendors are restricted to operating from 9 a.m. to dusk, which in winter can eliminate the entire dinner shift. A 2013 county report on improving nightlife suggested extending the operating hours, but no action was taken.
Pronto Taco will travel to Lexington-Richland Five’s high schools during the school year. Students can purchase lunch for a few dollars, and money will go back to student nutrition initiatives like school gardens.
The Lunch Lizard is wrapped in cartoon-y desert images with big letters proclaiming "Kids Eat Free." Four days a week, the truck visits parks and playgrounds in some of the county's poorest neighborhoods. It brings federally-funded lunches to children who might otherwise go without.
The locations of each truck would be designated by university and city officials. Clarke wants the plan in place by the time students return for classes in the fall.
If the school cafeteria is uncool, perhaps professional chefs in a brightly painted, tune-blaring food truck can persuade fickle teenagers to eat today's healthier, antibiotic-free meals.