ST. ANTHONY WEST — In the latest move to keep Downtown’s street food phenomenon rolling through winter, the 1029 Bar has announced that it will host Smack Shack, Josh Thoma’s lobster-slinging food truck, throughout this winter. The Shack is in the midst of a "slow opening" at the 1029 that began in late 2010, and now plans to serve until spring are firming up.
Details are still being ironed out, but an employee at the Marshall Street karaoke joint said today that the cart has “recently made this their headquarters.”
Smack Shack will operate a semi-autonomous level of the bar, with its own tables, booths and server.
“We’ve got a little area that’s part of the bar but separate, and there will be seating up there inside the building,” the employee said. “The kitchen is now their kitchen.”
Smack Shack’s website today announced that it will serve its full menu in the bar Wednesday through Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.
In a prepared statement, Thoma says his team will spend the winter creating a catering menu, so when the snow melts, the truck can hit the ground running.
A festive lobster boil on Jan. 28 will kick off the new arrangement. $20 gets you a pound and a quarter of lobster, texas toast, corn on the cob and potatoes. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., and reservations can be made at the Smack Shack Facebook page.
At least two other popular food trucks have also found winter homes. Turkey to Go has moved into the Northstar Building (second item), at 7th and Marquette. Samson Benti, of the Ethiopian food truck She Royal (second item), is running the kitchen in the newly opened City Hall Café, 350 S. 5th St., which had its grand opening today. The Brother's Deli cart is parked in the skyway of the Soo Line Building at Fifth and Marquette.
— Gregory J. Scott