July 24, 2013 12:33 pm
Updated: July 24, 2013 12:35 pm

First mobile food truck hits Saskatoon streets


SASKATOON – After coming up with an idea to place his kitchen on four wheels and serve up a ball park classic with some East Indian flair, Chuck Prongua has officially become a food truck operator.

“The response has been great so far. We opened up yesterday [Monday] and there was a line up all the way down the sidewalk,” he told Global News.

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Disco Dogs offers customers a choice between either a premium dog or smoked sausage, served on Indian naan bread, with toppings as diverse as scrambled eggs to crunchy peanut butter and spinach and artichoke cream cheese.

The black truck is a funky fusion of dark canvas with vibrant orange trim and a disco loving canine painted on the side, striking a pose that seems plucked from the John Travolta classic “Saturday Night Fever.”

This is the city’s first licensed mobile food truck. Unlike standstill trailers and trucks that service events and construction sites, these trucks are free to roam and set up shop at pay parking stalls for up to five hours.

Operators pay for special parking metre hoods and must abide by rules and regulations put forth by the City of Saskatoon.

Their trucks must also pass inspections from the Saskatoon Health Region and Saskatoon Fire & Protective Services.

“The city was excellent. They were there to answer every question I had. I actually felt like I was probably annoying them quite a bit and I was calling them on a daily basis,’ said Prongua.

On Friday, Joy Ride food truck is expected to open its doors to customers at around 11:30 outside City Hall.

Operator Dan Walker, who also owns Weczeria Food & Wine on Broadway, saw the opportunity to take his show on the road as a way to make fine food fun and accessible.

“Food trucks have been a big trend in the United States for a long time and it’s a bit of a cultural identifier for each city,” said Walker.

His menu is expected to include mouthwatering items like Kentucky style pulled pork sandwiches and local trout fish tacos – plus a special treat for the vegans out there.

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