Awesome Food Trucks That Became Restaurants

Published On: May 30 2014 08:44:15 AM EDT   Updated On: May 30 2014 09:14:20 AM EDT

Over the last decade, the food truck industry has taken the country by storm. According to Food Beast, roughly three million gourmet food trucks operate in the United States today. The 2012 launch of Jax Truckies brought that storm to Jacksonville as a part of an effort to promote small business growth and to encourage the City of Jacksonville to embrace the popular, rapidly growing industry. 

This industry, which many public officials and established political lobbying groups have worked behind closed doors to limit, is physically changing our urban landscape, creating non-subsidized jobs, enhancing our tax base, establishing Jacksonville's identity as a "foodie mecca," and revitalizing neighborhoods as trucks morph into new brick & mortar restaurants.  

Here is a list of new brick and mortar restaurants in Jacksonville that have grown out of successful food trucks.

Pele's Wood Fire

Pele’s is a modern Italian-American restaurant that anchors a high profile corner in Riverside's Park & King District. The cuisine travels from the shores of Kauai, Hawaii to New Jersey from an Italian’s perspective. According to their website, they embrace their Italian-American heritage from the ’40s and ’50s and infuse it with the fresh look of today’s food. Additionally, local artisans contribute to their menu whenever possible while the culinary team strives to be organic and sustainable throughout the food preparation process. Many may not realize, but Pele's was one of the first restaurants to open in recent years after it initially gained popularity as a mobile vendor.

Address: 2665 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone (904) 232-8545



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