Wichita can claim another mobile food business — this one specializing in Mexican food.
Chino’s Parrilla opened this summer, but the family that runs it doesn’t cart it out as regularly as other food trucks and carts… so far.
It’s owned by head cook Chino Herrera, his wife, Kim, his daughter, Tasha Schrant, and his son-in-law, Bill Schrant. The business, a mobile grill and prep cart covered by a canopy, is manned by the quartet with assistance from friends. They grill up delicious meats such as carne asada and al pastor and serve them in flour tortillas with traditional toppings.
During the summer, the family would park the cart in Old Town and serve after-bar crowds. But the bulk of their business came between 1 and 2:30 a.m., and after an outbreak of Old Town violence this summer, street vendors are required to close down at 1 a.m.
Now, they’re concentrating on catering gigs and the occasional street fair. I saw them at the Wichita Toy Run in Delano on Sunday, and a long line was forming. Come Spring, the family might start taking the cart out regularly throughout the week.
When the cart is out, its location is listed on its Facebook page. To reach Chino’s Parrilla, call 316-990-3646.