NORTH TONAWANDA — In just about two and a half years the Buffalo food truck scene has grown from a single pioneer in taco form — Lloyd Taco Truck — to a fleet of more than a dozen trucks offering burgers, barbecue, sweets and more. Now they're bringing their fare to Niagara County on a regular basis for the first time and giving North Tonawandans a little taste of food on the go.
It started a couple months ago when Wurlitzer Building owner, Tom Austen's son, Nick Austen, approached his father about inviting the trucks to park in the driveway in front of the building to cater to its 40 businesses, which employ approximately 350 people.
"We don't have any restaurants in the building and a lot of our tenants would love to stay" at the building for lunch, Tom said. "Most of the employees eat down in our foyer where we have a nice fireplace ... so they bring their food, and now with the food trucks it gives them the opportunity to try something different and stay on site."
Tom said his initial plan was for the food trucks to just feed Wurltizer building employees, but some of the truck operators convinced him that opening the lunch stops up to the general public through Facebook and Twitter posts was the way to go.
"It's amazing to me that all these people come," Tom said, adding that he didn't realize how unique and tasty some of the food could be. "Once you've had the food it's like, 'Wow, this is pretty good.' I'm absolutely shocked how good it is."
So far Lloyd Taco Truck, R&R BBQ Food Truck and The Black Market Food Truck have made the trek out to the Wurlitzer building to feed North Tonawandans. R&R has been there on a few Tuesdays, Lloyd on Wednesdays and the BMFT on Fridays, though that's not an official or 100 percent regular schedule.