Jeremy Sheets went to the Central Michigan University Research Corp. “Food Truck Friday” last week with one thing in mind.
He wanted to support Killer Hibachi in its first public appearance.
Co-owned by Kyle Stahl, Joe Collin and Baker Mulvaney, the mobile Japanese steak house had a soft opening at Food Truck Friday last week, and shortly after noon, a line spanned the parking lot in front of the CMURC on Denison Drive in Mt. Pleasant.
Sheets has been to FTF on other occasions, and at times networks with others as they dine on pulled pork tacos and sandwiches, crepes, tacos from the Pineapple Express food cart and other cuisine.
Having started out small during the summer, FTF is becoming the place to be at lunchtime on Fridays, with CMU students, members of the business community and others stopping by for a quick bite.
Elissa Richmond, marketing and public relations director at the CMURC, said the venture began as a way for entrepreneurs to test out ideas and products to the community.
An added bonus, Richmond said, its unique and fun.
“What we found is everybody loves food trucks,” she said. “From students to business community leaders.
“We had Fed Ex stop by.”
Mt. Pleasant City Manager Nancy Ridley has stopped by, as well as tenants in the CMURC building, and Richmond said she’s finding that by creating FTF, a lot of community members that don’t necessarily see each other on regular bases connect at the Friday lunch event.
At the first FTF, food vendors got acquainted, and since have been discussing what works and what doesn’t, Richmond said.
Watching food truck vendors build up networks has been great, Richmond said, and it shows that the dream of starting a business can be achieved.
Food trucks at FTF vary, and include the Weiner Wagon, also co-owned by Stahl, Collin and Mulvaney; Pineapple Express, Riverwood 989, Brandon Morey’s Crep, Jordan Roth’s the Stash and Narrativitality Coffee Grinders, owned by Aaron and Christie Cromar..
In the spirit of entrepreneurship, the CMURC had business cards made for the vendors, which include information on FTF, as well as emails, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram addresses.
As for Sheets, he really liked Killer Hibachi.