Coming Soon: Vehicle City Po’ Boys
October 22, 2016
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Vehicle City Tacos went out for the season with a bang on the evening of Saturday, October 22. Before serving their final tacos, owner Danny Moilanen took the stage inside Tenacity Brewing to announce a new business for the winter months: Vehicle City Po’ Boys.
“We’re really excited to announce tonight that we have a new business that we’re launching here at Tenacity Brewing called Vehicle City Po’ Boys,” Moilanen said as customers cheered. “We’re very excited because we’ve got a fantastic menu that’s coming together.”
Alex Fleece, Prep Chef for Vehicle City Tacos, spearheaded the project.
“Alex Fleece, our Prep Chef that has worked with Vehicle City Tacos for over a year, used to live down in New Orleans, and worked in various kitchens for around eleven years. It’s really the food that I think he cares most about, and is most excited about,” said Moilanen in a one-on-one interview with The Blazer.
“In the process, we were trying to figure out what would work during the winter months when it’s colder and people don’t want to wait outside, and so really the partnership with Tenacity just made the most sense, and was something that was really natural as we’ve already been working here quite a bit,” Moilanen said. “We thought that it would be a win-win situation, since they don’t have regular food here so it’s something that would solve that problem and simultaneously help solve our problem of winter. We decided po’ boys would be good because it’s something that would be good pub food that is familiar enough to people where they’re comfortable with it but also it’s different enough where it’s challenging us to do interesting things culinary wise.”
In the future, Moilanen says that he could see some crossover between Vehicle City Tacos and Vehicle City Po’ Boys.
“At the end of the season, come April, when we’re ready to start the truck back up we’ll probably make the investment to have the infrastructure for Vehicle City Po’ Boys,” Moilanen said. “With the food truck model in particular, it’s very apt for festivals, and in a festival setting sometimes there’s already tacos, sometimes there’s already other options, and so the more potential that we have for menus is something that makes us more versatile as a business.”
While the menu is still being developed, the Po’ Boys will be influenced by Cajun and Creole culinary styles.
“Use your imagination and it’s probably accurate,” said Moilanen.
Vehicle City Po’ Boys will hold a grand opening party on November 11, 2016 at Tenacity Brewing in downtown Flint.