By Sarah Obeid
CORNELIUS – Food trucks continue to draw lunchtime crowds at the Oak Street Mill.
During Food Truck Wednesdays, chefs serve food ranging from flavored meats, seafood, sandwiches and wraps. On April 2, Smoke and Go BBQ made its way to Oak Street.
The story behind the barbecue truck begins with Marvin Young and his brother, Samuel Young. They became inspired to start a truck catering business years after they lost their mother to drugs.
The mother’s passing proved to be a wake-up call for both brothers. During the recovery process, they realized their true passion – helping people.
They became closer in their faith and geared their life toward success. The brothers are working to get their small business on its feet.
“As an up-and-coming city, the small town of Cornelius needs a food truck,” said Marvin Young, whose truck is normally stationed in Huntersville. “We just want to spread the love.”
The brothers cook old-fashioned, authentic meats, prepared uniquely right on the truck in a 16-foot smoker. Because of the mobile nature of a food truck, the menu is subject to change, as well as the variety of foods.
Marvin Young said he offers a great amount of food for a good price.
“You really get more for your buck,” he said. “Our barbecue food truck really gives downtown Cornelius more food options.”
Cornelius resident Megan Bustle brings her two children each week for food truck cuisine. The owners of Kiddy Kare, a Cornelius babysitting service her children attend, suggested she give the food trucks a try.
“My kids and I really love the barbecue sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and green beans from Smoke and Go,” Bustle said.
Bustle has tried the chicken and pepper wraps and hamburgers from previous trucks. She is looking forward to future trucks that visit Cornelius.
“The food from these trucks is absolutely delicious,” she said. “This business really brings the community together.”
Ian Wade, of Huntersville, is a regular at Food Truck Wednesdays.
“The food tastes amazing and it’s not processed at all. Even better, you are supporting a local business and it’s just a great way to change up lunch,” Wade said. “High-end chefs are back there preparing quality food.”
As warm weather approaches, the Young brothers expect to come to Cornelius more often and experience even longer lines of customers.
Case Warnemunde, founder of Bella Love Inc., partners with the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group to bring the food trucks to town. He has worked with the Young brothers in the past to help promote their business.
Food Truck Wednesdays began May 2013. Since then, as Warnemunde has built relationships with other food trucks, he eventually saw an opportunity to station them in Cornelius.
“Our concept for the food truck is to create a physical social network – a place for people to meet, whether it’s for business meetings or a family picnic,” he said. “Oak Mill has a cultural feel and we think this would be a great add to the town.”
Want to go? Food Truck Wednesdays features a different company each week 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St. Here’s a list of upcoming food trucks: • April 16, Maryland Crab Co • April 23, Belly Backers • April 30, TBA • May 7, Smoke and Go BBQ Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.