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Downtown Intersection May Convert Into Pedestrian-Friendly Food Truck Hub

Plus, El Guapo changes hands and more from Detroit’s rolling restaurant scene

El Guapo Food Truck
El Guapo food truck.
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Welcome to the Meals on Wheels, a roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit’s food truck scene.

— Downtown’s Gratiot/Macomb/Randolph/Broadway intersection could gain a more pedestrian-friendly status under a new pilot program proposal announced on Monday by the City of Detroit, MDOT, and the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Curbed Detroit reports that the project would reroute street traffic at the notorious intersection and transform a portion of the northbound roads on Randolph Street into a 13,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza with space for “food trucks, sidewalk seating and other activities.” If approved, the plan would take effect in Spring 2017.

— One of Detroit’s original food trucks (aside from those established rolling restaurants in Southwest Detroit), has changed hands. According to Metro Times, El Guapo food truck has sold to Mac Shack owners Bryan Sutton and Ben Beazley. El Guapo’s former owners Dan and Lindsay Gearig announced the transition in a lengthy message on social media last week.

Guapo friends and fam. We wanted to let you all know we’ve sold to our dear friends and also Mac Shack owners Bryan...

Posted by El Guapo - Fresh Mexican Grill on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Gearigs previously sold the Mac Shack to Sutton and Beazley last year. Concerned customers needn’t fear any big changes at El Guapo. The menu and staff are expected to remain the same.

— A new vegan and vegetarian food truck option, Nosh Pit, recently rolled into metro Detroit. The startup offers a mixture of sandwiches, burgers, and bowls such as the Amanda Bowl made with hummus, lentils, greens, beets, carrots, and pesto aioli.

— Metro Detroit burger slinger Moo Cluck Moo is getting into the food truck business. The first one will launch in the coming weeks and provide support to the Moo Cluck Moo catering business, though company president Harry Moorehouse tells Hometown Life he believes Southeast Michigan can support a fleet of the rolling restaurants — up to five trucks. Unlike its remaining brick-and-mortar outpost, the mobile businesses will not offer gluten-free options.

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