Charlie’s PizzaTaco to start food truck

WICHITA — It almost seems like anymore, if you’re going to have a restaurant, it’s the norm to also have either catering or a food truck with it.

The owners of Charlie’s PizzaTaco are going to have both.

“We’re purchasing a food truck,” Tim Holmes says.

Holmes and David Hoffman opened the restaurant in west Wichita near Central and Tyler a couple of years ago. Hoffman’s father, the late Charlie Hoffman, started the business in Pratt in 1965. The Pratt connection is “kind of one of the reasons why we came up with the food truck,” Holmes says.

“The store in Pratt, Kan., where we originally are from, has closed down due to the death of Charlie Hoffman,” he says.

“The Pratt people have really been our foundation behind us.”

Holmes says when the truck becomes operational, it will go to Pratt once a week “to continue to give that customer base – that’s been so supportive to us – the product.”

He says the truck also gives the restaurant a chance to visit places such as east Wichita and Derby where Charlie’s fans keep asking for the restaurant to open.

“Hopefully everybody in town will have at least seen the truck by this time next year,” Holmes says.

The truck will offer the restaurant’s original pizza taco, which is part taco and part pizza, along with bierocks and pizza pups, which are hot dogs wrapped in flatbread.

“A lot of the kids really like that,” Holmes says.

The truck, which will debut in the middle of September, also will allow the restaurant to cater.

“It’s going to be a really nice truck,” Holmes says.

There will be a TV screen in the middle of the truck “so you can kind of really see what you’re getting,” he says. “A lot of people still don’t know what a pizza taco is.”

Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco may remain in Pratt for ‘nostalgic value’

WICHITA — Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco owner Charlie Hoffman has died, but his popular Pratt restaurant likely will go on.

“It’s under discussion right now what exactly we’re going to do there,” says Hoffman’s son, David. “We’re going to probably keep it open.”

He says that’s knowing it won’t be profitable.

“If we did run it, it wouldn’t be for money,” Hoffman says. “We might keep it open for the nostalgic value.”

He and Tim Holmes opened Charlie’s PizzaTaco in west Wichita near Central and Tyler a couple of years ago.

They plan on expanding to other markets as well, such as Manhattan, Lawrence and Stillwater and Norman, Okla.

“We’re going to go after college towns in our part of the world,” Hoffman says. “People already know about pizza tacos.”

He can’t say how fast each market may happen.

“There’s some things that’ll probably happen this year yet,” Hoffman says. “We’ve got all the bugs worked out.”

Charlie Hoffman was helping his father run a gas station in Pratt in 1965 when he was approached by a food company to buy a $200 pizza oven. In 2011, he told Have You Heard? the company told him it would give him enough product to sell pizzas and make back his $200.

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Charlie’s PizzaTaco is home to a slice of Americana from Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco in Pratt

WICHITA — There’s a little piece of popular Pratt restaurant Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco in Wichita’s new Charlie’s PizzaTaco.

Charlie’s owner Charlie Hoffman has lent the little red oven that started it all to his son Dave Hoffman’s new restaurant near Central and Tyler.

“He kind of wanted a piece of Pratt here,” manager Adam Hoffman says of his great uncle.

Charlie Hoffman was helping his father run a gas station in Pratt in 1965 when he was approached by a food company to buy a $200 pizza oven. He says the company told him it would give him enough product to sell pizzas and make back his $200.

“So I said, ‘OK, bring the oven,’ ” he says.

Hoffman retired the oven only when he sent it to Wichita.

“I’ve used it all this time because it was such a handy oven,” he says. “Later, I couldn’t find them again when I bought more ovens.”

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Charlie’s PizzaTaco to open near Central and Tyler

WICHITA — The almost half-century old Charlie’s Home of Pizza Taco is coming to Wichita as Charlie’s PizzaTaco.

The original restaurant, which sells pizzas in the shape of tacos among other things, is something of an institution in Pratt.

Owner Charlie Hoffman’s son, Dave, is opening the business here in the former Pitas & Paninis space (and Yuca Latin Bistro before that) on Tyler just south of Central.

Dave Hoffman’s partner in the business is his brother-in-law, Tim Holmes.

“They’re going to try to retire me,” Charlie Hoffman says.

He’s OK with that — one of these days.

“I’ve done if for 45 years, and I’m kind of wearing out.”

Dave Hoffman owns Golden-Colo.-based Hoffco Brands, which manufactures and distributes about 20 brands — and 1,200 SKUs (stock-keeping units) — of products such as cell phone accessories, eyewear and LED lights.

“We do hot gadgets that retailers want to buy,” Hoffman says.

And now he wants to go into the restaurant business?

“I must be crazy, huh?”

He’s already making plans for almost a dozen of the restaurants followed by franchises.

“We’re taking (my father’s) whole idea and adding marketing to it because that’s what I do,” Hoffman says.

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