A new food truck, Elephant Shack, is bringing international street food to Eastern Market Brewing Company this weekend.
The rolling restaurant is a collaboration between EMBC co-owners Dayne Bartscht and Paul Hoskin, and Eastern Market-based chef Jonathan Kung. The group purchased the former Fat Panda food truck from chef Omar Quais Anani earlier this year and has since added the veteran mobile restaurant owner to the culinary team.
“We think food is really important for the brewery,” Bartscht tells Eater. “We want the brewery to focus on the beer, but we get multiple calls a day asking if we have food. So there is definitely a demand,” he says.
While brewery customers can still bring in their favorite takeout from restaurants in Eastern Market, the Elephant Shack offers another option for people looking to grab a bite with their beer. “We're looking for food that goes well with beer that people eat all over the world,” he says.
On the menu, expect to see items like Thai chicken skewers, chicken schnitzel, and falafel platters, and curry noodles as well as kofta platters and double-fried, hand-cut potatoes. Customers will have the ability to avoid the chilly outdoors by placing their orders at the EMBC counter and have their food delivered to a table. Kung and Anani are also aiming to prepare the menu using primarily ingredients sourced from the market.
Due to scheduling conflicts and delays with the licensing of the truck, Anani will be offering the Elephant Shack’s menu out of his Twisted Mitten food truck on weekends through the end of the year. The official truck is expected to debut in January. Scope out the menu below:
The Elephant Shack runs roughly from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Hours are subject to change.
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