Beloved Detroit mini-chain Louisiana Creole Gumbo is in growth mode. Metro Times reports that the owners announced a new food trucks expansion during a ribbon cutting with Mayor Mike Duggan at the new Seven Mile outpost last week.
Reached by Eater, a rep for the restaurant confirms that the Eastern Market mainstay is indeed going mobile with it’s first truck expected to hit the road in January. Although the gumbo spot has gained wheels, the trucks won’t be outfitted with any kitchen equipment. Instead, “the trucks will carry and distribute warm [and] cold food already prepared out of the kitchen in the restaurant on Seven Mile,” to other neighborhoods and industrial parks in Detroit.
A total of three trucks are expect to hit the road with a second joining the fleet in April and a third planned for 2018. The expansion has been largely funded by a $100,000 NEI grant awarded to the company this month.
Louisiana Creole Gumbo isn’t the only local restaurant to make the jump to mobile. Moo Cluck Moo recently abandoned its two brick-and-mortar restaurants to focus almost entirely on food trucks and catering. Similarly, Andiamo and Atomic Dawg in Berkley have also expanded into the food truck world and Dangerously Delicious Pies is expected to add a truck to its repertoire soon.
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