Food trucks have become a unique way for people to pursue their restaurant dreams, but for two Piedmont food truck owners, it has become more than a dream.
The brother and sister duo are using a taste of home to build a new life for their family in America.
Hilder Vilnor and Djosen Vilnor are the owners of King Queen #1 Haitian Cuisine.
“Every time we would do a cookout at home, friends would be like ‘why don't you guys open a restaurant’, so we decided why not open a food truck, Djosen Vilnor said.
Two years later, people are lining up to taste their food.
Satisfied customers spread the word, and suddenly they had a following.
They immigrated to the United States from Haiti.
Hilder came first and Djosen and other family members joined him in 2002.
Djosen Vilnor says she and other family members truly came with nothing.
“We didn’t speak any English at all. Not even a word,” she said.
Owning a food truck is an opportunity she’s not sure she would have had in Haiti.
“Maybe one day, but I would say 95 percent, no,” she said.
They are thankful for the support they have found and hope their story will encourage other people to pursue their dreams.
“My first priority when I came to America was to have a better life and continue my education and so far I got my dream,” Djosen Vilnor said.
“Never give up. I’m not going to give up,” Hilder Vilnor said.
They recently won a food truck competition in Randleman.
Hilder and Djosen currently work other jobs along with running their food truck.
They are working toward their next goal of opening a restaurant.