Food trucks roll into downtown Greensboro for test run

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Food trucks will be parked on Commerce Place in downtown Greensboro starting Monday as part of a two month trial period.

“I’m just an old country boy. I don’t know anything about gourmet cooking,” said Joe Rountree, with Hickory Tree BBQ. “We cook turkey hot wings, fried turkey wings, smoked turkey wings, of course turkey chili, everybody loves it.

Rountree is one of several food trucks that will be taking advantage of downtown Greensboro’s test run. 

He has had his take-out restaurant on Randleman Road for a little more than a year, but his turkey truck has been around and now is allowed to set up downtown. 

“I think it’s going to go over big downtown. It’s going to give them a different kind of lunch,” he said.

Last week, Greensboro held a food truck festival on Spring Garden Street.  Hundreds showed up and the majority of the food trucks ran out of food because of the high demand. 

“We didn’t expect that kind of crowd I don’t think anybody did,” Rountree said.

For the 67-year-old, turkey is the smarter choice for his menu. 

“Me being a heart transplant I have to eat healthy,” he said. “I’ve figured that out, so now we are just passing that on.”

Ten years ago, Rountree got a new heart and now he’s getting another new chance.

“We want other people to know about us so downtown. For me, it’s an opportunity to spread my wings, maybe open another restaurant on the other side of town. The possibilities are endless,” Rountree said.

During the week food trucks will be set up for lunch on Commerce Place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Friday’s trucks will also be set up for dinner from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Click here for more information.

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