Food truck Gastrotruck opening brick-and-mortar restaurant in NE

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January 28, 2013 // UPDATED 5:42 pm - January 28, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

Another popular food truck is making its way into a brick-and-mortar home in northeast Minneapolis.

The Gastrotruck Catering Kitchen has purchased the building at 2400 University Ave. NE and has begun renovating the interior into a “fast casual, hyper-local” eatery.

Exterior renovations are set to start soon and will be focused on making the restaurant environmentally sustainable. Vertical grow walls and a green roof will be used to help meet Gastrotruck's goal of growing 50 percent of their food on site, according to a presentation made to the Bottineau Neighborhood Association on Jan. 24. They will also recycle the water runoff from the property to help grow their food.

Catherine Eckert, owner of the Gastrotruck Catering Company, said she hopes to have the kitchen open by May and have the restaurant open sometime next fall. Currently Gastrotruck is licensed as a food truck in St. Paul and for festivals and events in Minneapolis, including frequent catering at Fulton and Indeed Brewing.

Chef Stephen Trojahn will develop a menu featuring seasonal, Midwestern cuisine. He will only use ingredients that are seasonally available and that come from sustainable, local sources. Gastrotruck has partnerships in place with many local farms.