In the food truck realm, the journey usually starts with a food truck then progresses to a permanent location. But with Resident Taqueria, it's the other way around. The award-winning gourmet taco joint in Lake Highlands is launching Resident Vamos, a food trailer that will allow it to expand in a way that's convenient and comfortable.
Owner Andrew Savoie is currently in the process of renovating the trailer by hand. He hopes to be rolling by mid-summer.
"We picked up a food concession trailer, my brother-in-law found it in Austin," Savoie says. "My father and I are personally working on it ourselves. It will serve as our catering trailer. We're going to use it to go to events and festivals. It will be basically the same concept, but on wheels."
Resident has been doing events at breweries and other festivals near and far, such as El Cosmico's Trans Pecos Festival.
"This will allow us to be mobile and host parties on request," he says. "Ultimately it will allow us to cater events. It becomes another outlet for us as well as being a marketing tool."
Resident has earned widespread acclaim for its gourmet-quality tacos. It won Best New Restaurant in the 2016 CultureMap Tastemaker awards, and it's lauded for its innovative fillings, including its veggie cauliflower and kale.
"We would previously put up a tent and get cooking," he says. "But we would usually limit it to three simple street tacos. The truck will allow us to do a bit more and be more comfortable."
"Our menu at the Taqueria is somewhat comprehensive in prep and build," he says. "The mobile unit will be an extension of that, but still in what we can accomplish with a two-person team."