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Rip’s Rib Shak food truck adding stationary restaurant


Rip’s Rib Shak, the mobile barbecue trailer that Steven Pittman and his father-in-law Kevin Smith opened last summer, is about to get a brick-and-mortar brother.

The duo plus Pittman’s wife and Smith’s daughter, Alexis Pittman, are opening a stationary version of Rip’s Rib Shak in an old Phillips 66 station at 611 W. Harry. They hope to have it open by mid-June and plan to serve the same menu made popular by the trailer: St. Louis-style spare ribs, pulled pork, hotlinks, burgers and chicken legs cooked on a Himalayan salt block. The small space has some room for seating, and Pittman hopes to eventually add outdoor seating, too.

In the meantime, Pittman is serving from the trailer, which is parked right in front of the future business, starting at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. He keeps serving until he runs out of food, which he said is usually around 5 or 6 p.m.

Pittman, who has worked at several barbecue restaurants over the years, plans to still use the truck for special events and to travel to barbecue competitions.

Keep up with the progress on the Rips Rib Shak Facebook page.

Next generation of Wichita food trucks almost ready to roll

1912258_741070625912859_743610629_nTake heart, Wichita food truck fans.

We may have lost Cake Face Bake Shop & Deli and The Rolling Dough, but a new generation of Wichita food trucks is preparing to roll out over the next couple of months.

One is the barbecue truck formerly known as BJs Smokeshack. Owners Jennifer and Brad Vieux have been working on getting the truck up and going for almost a year and decided a few months ago to change the name to Park-n-Pork. They’ve custom ordered a 28-foot-truck from Ohio, which should in Wichita soon. The couple plans to have it up and running by the end of the month and even have committed to serving at The Red Barn Outdoor Market in Benton on April 26.

The truck will serve smoked meat items such as pulled pork, brisket, ham, ribs, chicken, and specialty sandwiches plus homemade sides. They’ll be open for lunch and sometimes dinner and breakfast and also will do special events.

Funky Monkey Munchies, a food truck in the works by Lisa Palacios and her husband, Eddi, should be open in early May. Palacios said her vintage truck is almost ready to go, as are her menus focused on healthy fusion food made mostly from non-GMO, organic and locally sourced ingredients. She plans to have a rotating menu featuring a variety of cuisines from Mexican to French to Asian and will open for lunch and dinner in typical food truck parking spots.

And Rochelle Collins’ Kind Kravings, a vegan food truck focused on healthy fare that tastes good, also is getting closer to a launch date. She plans to be open by the end of May. She’ll be at Earth Fest VI on April 19 at Herman Hill Park, offering samples of the type of food she’ll be serving once the trailer is ready to go.  Menu item will include dishes such as lettuce wraps, bean wraps, rice bowls and vegan manicotti.

I’ll keep you updated on specific opening dates for all three food trucks.

Food truck turnover: Two trucks calling it quits

Happy trails, Schoenhals. We'll miss your Cake Faces.

Happy trails, Schoenhals. We’ll miss your Cake Faces.

Two food truckers have announced recently their plans to park.

One is Cake Face Bake Shop, whose very nice owners Summer and Dave Schoenhals, are moving to Oregon for a job opportunity. (They explained the circumstances on their Facebook wall.)

The couple is selling the truck, an 18 x 8 upgrade they bought in August. They’ve posted an ad offering the truck and all of its contents for sale on Craigslist. I’ll miss these two, who have been a happy and constant presence on Wichita’s food truck scene since the very beginning. I’ll also miss their delicious food.

Also, the food truckers who last summer bought the Schoenhals original rig also are closing up. Joseph and Cherre Nestelroad, who last fall opened a pizza food truck called The Rolling Dough, posted last week on the truck’s Facebook wall said that they have too much going on in their lives, especially with two small children, to keep the business going. The post indicated that the couple was open to considering giving it another go when their kids are older.

The Flying Stove now has magic pay

Me having a Flying Stove moment.

Me having a Flying Stove moment.

It’s cold out today, so my co-workers and I decided to have lunch in. I noticed on Facebook that the Flying Stove was parked over at First and Washington, which is right by the Eagle. I also noticed on Facebook that the Flying Stove has another payment option: Magic pay.

Actually, it’s called Square Wallet, and it’s an app some businesses are now using. I downloaded it on to my phone, per the instructions on the Flying Stove Facebook page. All I had to do was enter my credit card info, choose a password and upload a photo.

The current Flying Stove menu. We tried it all.

The current Flying Stove menu. We tried it all.

When I approached the truck, the Flying Stove’s iPad recognized that I was near, and cha-ching, the transaction went through. No cash. No credit card hassle. (I also should mention that I texted my order, and the Stove guys brought my food out to me in my car. I love 2014.)

I want to pay for my whole life like this.

As it turns out, I was the first customer to use this system at the Flying Stove, so they commemorated it by taking my photo and posting it on Twitter.

And for the record, our lunch was amazing. I highly recommend the borracho bolillo.

New food truck will serve healthy, vegan fare

1457488_618788678181233_1852091059_nRochelle Collins lost both her parents to cancer over the past five years.

It was a horrible experience, she said, and it caused her to become a bit of an expert in holistic healing and clean eating.

Collins plans to mix that knowledge and her own culinary skills to open a new food truck, which she’ll call Kind Kravings. (She already has a Facebook page up and running.)

“It’s become my passion to try to bring that to Wichita,” she said.

The business, which will be set up in a vintage trailer she found, should be open by late spring or early summer. It will serve the kinds of healthy, vegan fare Collins has been eating since her parents got sick.

Menu items, she said, will include dishes such as lettuce wraps, bean wraps, rice bowls and vegan manicotti.

The vintage trailer Rochelle Collins will use for her new food truck.

The vintage trailer Rochelle Collins will use for her new food truck.

“It’s a healthy spin on fast food,” she said.

She also plans to use disposable plates, forks and napkins that are all biodegradable.

Collins said this is her first foray into the restaurant business. For the past several years, she said, she’s been hosting vegan dinner parties for friends, who urged her to start some kind of restaurant.

Her initial plan is to take the truck to festivals and events where funnel cakes and Pronto Pups usually are the only options. If she gets e big enough following, she said, she’ll start taking the truck out over the lunch hour, Flying Stove style.

I’ll keep you updated on her progress.

Funky Monkey Munchies food truck coming in March

The future Funky Monkey Munchies food truck is being painted now.

The future Funky Monkey Munchies food truck is being painted now.

The Wichita food truck fleet is expanding again.

Lisa Palacios and her husband, Eddi, plan to open Funky Monkey Munchies in March. Palacios said she got the vintage-looking truck as an anniversary present last year and has been working on getting it into shape ever since.

She’s focusing on healthy fusion food made mostly from non-GMO, organic and locally sourced ingredients.

“We were eating healthy, and I thought, ‘We can actually bring health food in this truck to the people of Wichita at a decent price,” she said. “There will be no additives, no preservatives. It will be clean food.”377191_426879037408814_1336546273_n

Palacios plans to have a rotating menu featuring a variety of cuisines from Mexican to French to Asian food — and more. She’ll park at various spots around town and at first will be open for lunch only and also will cater special events.

Palacios’ father is working on the truck now and will give it a purple-on-the-bottom, white-on-the-top motif. The purple is an homage to Palacios’ mother, who died last year from pancreatic cancer.

For more information about the truck, visit and like its Facebook page. I’ll keep you updated on the progress. says Flying Stove is cool

stoversA article posted on Monday puts Wichita’s own The Flying Stove on a list of “25 of the Coolest” Food Trucks in America.

Though the list is not definitive, says author Karsten Strauss in the intro, it’s a “collection of some of the finest and more successful food trucks in the land.”

Jeff Schauf, who owns the truck with his chef brother Rob Schauf, said he had absolutely no idea how the truck made the list. He heard about it like everyone else did — on Facebook.

“It’s pretty cool when you work hard and someone notices, even if you don’t known how they noticed,” he said.

In other Stove news, the boys and their food truck buddies plan to gather this Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30 at the  for their monthly Food Trucks at the Fountains event at Waterwalk. It’s set to be cold, so this month’s installment won’t have any outdoor extras, but several trucks will be there serving lots of hot food.

Monthly Wichita food truck gathering is on Sunday

This turkey burger slider will be among the items on the Flying Stove’s menu at Sunday’s Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains event.

The local food truckers are continuing their tradition of gathering in one place on the final Sunday of the month.

The October gathering has a Halloween theme and is called Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains. It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the fountains at Waterwalk. The truckers have invited a live band to perform, and kids are invited to attend in costume and collect free candy at the trucks.

On the roster: The Flying StoveLet’m Eat Brats, B.S. Sandwich PressCake Face and the new pizza truck The Rolling Dough.

The Waterwalk is at 515 S. Main.

Melad Stephan buys Caffe Moderne, puts Hopping Pita on hold

The Hopping Pita is closed for now. Future: Uncertain.

Melad Stephan’s Empire Restaurant Management group is in flux at the moment as he tries to prioritize the needs at his various businesses, he said.

About 10 days ago, he said, he finalized a deal to completely buy out Janet and Grant Rine, the founders of Caffe Moderne at 300 N. Mead. Stephan partnered with them in June of 2011 and has been running the restaurant ever since. Now that it’s all his, he’s going to start using its kitchen for his Empire catering business and stop using the one at Revolution Rock Bar.

Another change: He’s put the Hopping Pita, a food truck he started with chef Roni Attari in April, on hold. He wants a bigger, more efficient truck, he said, and he’s put his original truck on Craigslist, asking for $20,000 or the best offer he can get.

He’s also not sure if Attari is still planning to work for him. The chef was interviewing for another job, he said, and he hasn’t heard what the outcome was. (I’ve left two messages for Attari but haven’t heard back.)

Stephan says he plans to reopen the Hopping Pita eventually but that it’s not at the top of his priority list right now.

“I’m so busy, I don’t know which direction I’m going these days,” he said.

As for Caffe Moderne, Stephan said he plans to keep the name and the concept the same. He may eventually get a new sign and plans to add new menu items for fall.

Stephan also owns Sabor and Oeno Wine Bar in Old Town Square. He closed his fine dining Italian restaurant, Luca Italian Kitchen, in August.

Stay tuned for updates on the fate of The Hopping Pita.

Rip’s Rib Shak a new bbq food truck

Rip’s Rib Shak is among the latest additions to the ever-growing food truck fleet in Wichita.

This one is owned by Steven Pittman, who has worked at several barbecue restaurants over the years, and his father-in-law, Kevin Smith. It’s been running since August and for now has a regular parking spot. Pittman opens the truck from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at  at Builder’s Inc. in Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

Eventually, Pittman said, the truck might be open more often, move around and participate in food truck gatherings around town.

Pittman serves St. Louis-style spare ribs, pulled pork, hotlinks and more. One of his specialties is chicken legs cooked on a Himalayan salt block.

For more information on the truck, see its Facebook page.