West Palm Beach, FL: Restaurateurs Hope Detoured Drivers Will Become New Patrons

Chefs Mary Brittan and Rick Simek, at their Curbside Gourmet truck

By WPBF.com

Chefs Mary Brittan and Rick Simek, at their Curbside Gourmet truck

Business Owners Hope To Capitalize Off Closure Of Okeechobee Boulevard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Mary Brittain Cheatham wants to take the frustration away from hundreds of drivers who have to maneuver around downtown road construction by offering them a tasty meal.

Okeechobee Boulevard at Tamarind Avenue is closed for the next month for a lane-widening project.

Cheatham, who owns Curbside Gourmet, has a colorful lunch truck on Dixie Highway near Flamingo Drive.

“We source most of our produce locally and we’re really trying to bring a casual but fast dining experience to the streets,” Cheatham told WPBF 25 News’ Ted White on Monday.

Some of the items on the menu include grass-fed black angus hamburgers, hand cut fries, crabcake sliders, fresh fish tacos and mojo pork tacos.

Cheatham hopes to gain new customers as thousands of drivers are looking for new ways to get in and out of downtown.

“I think that would be great for business and maybe we’ll acquire some more customers that will come back and see us again,” Cheatham said.

Steve Brown said he noticed the lunch truck while driving around the detours and stopped to eat.”By the looks of the menu, they’ve got some pretty nice-looking food,” Brown said.

The owner of Ambrosia Restaurant on Dixie Highway is also looking for a piece of the economic pie.

He’s offering a buy one pizza, get the second free takeout deal between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.