New food truck an ode to lost sister

Mel’s Diner is named after the late Melody Webb, who was planning the food truck with her brother when she died.

UPDATE: Mel’s Diner’s opening was delayed. It now will open on Thursday morning in front of Convergys at 7236 E. Harry.

A new food truck will join Wichita’s growing fleet on Monday when Doug Gibson and his fiance, Donna Johnson, open Mel’s Diner.

Gibson had been planning the business for months with his sister, Melody Webb. But early this month, Melody suffered a massive heart attack and died in the hospital a few days later. She was 55.

Gibson still wanted to see his sister’s dream business take to the road, though. “We decided to carry on,” he said.

The new food truck, which will operate out of a cargo van fitted with a service window, will serve grilled sandwiches, soups and breakfast items. Among the specialties: broccoli cheddar soup and French toast made with Frosted Flakes. It’ll open weekdays for breakfast and lunch and will be set up mostly on the west side, Gibson said. They’ll also do special events around town.

“We want to do a better alternative to what they call ‘Roach Coaches,’” Gibson with a laugh.

Gibson will setup a Facebook page for the truck in the next day or so, and it will announce the truck’s location each day.

I’ll update this post when they pick their opening day spot and get the Facebook page up.