WALLINGFORD — A Wallingford food truck is selling hot soups to go during the month of December after the owner’s banquet facility closed earlier this year.
To continue to generate business, owner Jim Zandri opened a food truck earlier this week with the help of Phil Mazzone. Hot, steaming soups are made everyday including corned beef and cabbage, hearty turkey and cream of broccoli.
“I had some soup that we make here and I wanted to try selling hot soups to go on Route 5 in front of our building,” Zandri said. “We’ve set up and we’re going to do it for at least December. We’re hoping it’ll catch on.”
Zandri’s Food Truck is now parked in front of the former Zandri’s Stillwood Inn. The banquet facility was open for 40 years before closing earlier this year and became Zandri’s Stillwood Storage.
“The weather is turning cold and we thought it would be a nice lunch hour type item, Zandri said. “Some people like a light lunch.”
Outside of the food truck, Zandri also has a catering service for major corporations that are not getting a lot of business. Zandri is hoping that during the spring, business will pick up.
“It’s normally a busy season for holidays and events,” he said. “We have a few this month but probably about 80 percent of them are not having them.”
John and Darlene Otto of Guilford are both from Wallingford and have known Zandri for years. The couple visited the truck Wednesday early afternoon.
“It was wonderful,” John Otto said about his corned beef and cabbage soup. “Especially since it’s so cold out now.”
Zandri is hoping by the end of December the truck will have enough of a following to continue business. Since beginning on Monday, Dec. 7, he has seen a slow but gradual increase.
“Hopefully everyday it will grow,” he said.
Isabelle Jacquinto also visited the food truck Wednesday afternoon for the first time after learning about it online. She tried the beef barley soup.
“I like to support local businesses, especially now,” she said.
Zandri is hoping to have the truck available for private events and also special events in the community. The truck is generic enough so that he can create a wide range of menu.
The Zandri’s Food Truck is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 203-269-6695 for catering needs or to inquire about the food truck.