The first takeover of the Food Truck Frenzy Community parking lot on Tuesday was more of a part-time job, but that didn’t seem to matter to those who ate the Hot Diggity Dog and Spoon-a-Bowl food.
Mark O’Neill said he read about the event online and stopped by because it was near his home.
“I thought there was more than the two of them here,” said O’Neill of the two trucks at the Desert Breeze Community Center. Spoon-a-Bowl owner Jonathan Bradley said a third truck was planned but was canceled at the last minute. Still, O’Neill said he welcomed the opportunity for a little foray.
“I didn’t really get out much during the coronavirus pandemic,” he said. “I venture out more.”
The event, sponsored and organized by Clark County Parks and Recreation and Food Truck Frenzy, was the first of four scheduled events for the week. It followed anti-coronavirus social distancing guidelines, and there were no on-site restaurants. All workers and most of the customers wore face covers.
Ivy Malacas and her children Ari (11) and Link (9) ordered from Hot Diggity Dog. She said she stopped at the nearby community center to vote and walked over with the kids when she saw the trucks.
“We went out, but it’s nice to actually see the food trucks,” said Malacas.
This is hands down a sentiment shared by Gene Gunnels, the owner of the Hot Diggity Dog Truck and a 10 year veteran in the business. Gunnels said he usually drives his truck to the first Fridays, festivals and schools.
“April is our money maker for the year because of all the festivals,” said Gunnels. “And then they closed all festivals. It put things together. “
He said he will be at an event in Sunset Park on Monday and has brought his truck to some events in Smith’s stores.
“It kind of saved our necks,” he said. “We work three times as hard for a third of the money.”
Gunnels said he learned that the event was triggered by the nearby voting location, which included not only voters but those who were there for other reasons as well. Sarah Rodimer stood up for her father, Dan Rodimer, who is running for Congress. They distributed their own hot dogs and bottled water for the people waiting to be elected.
“I knew there would be a long line,” she said.
At Spoon-a-Bowl, which sells hand-made ice cream and frozen yogurt in flavors that included pineapple and mango on Tuesday, Bradley said he was a bit out of shape because he usually drives his truck in Henderson parks. After being invited to the event on Tuesday, he said, “We took the opportunity.
As for O’Neill, he said he usually eats out a lot but has not done so since it was subsequently shut down and reopened. He said he recently stuck to takeout and alfresco dining so the food truck event is for him and he plans to attend more.
“If only they had a sushi place with outdoor seating,” he said.
Contact Heidi Knapp Rinella at [email protected] or 702-383-0474. Follow @HKRinella on Twitter.