Mark's Carts Third Season
Like last year, he will have eight carts. He balances the mix, looking for good food, "enthusiasm, and realistic expectations. Realistic expectations are important, because it's a lot of work." This year's rookie carts are Satchel's BBQ (already well known as a bricks and mortar restaurant on Washtenaw) and the central Mexican home cooking of Mariano Rodriguez's El Manantial. Hodesh will be welcoming back San Street, Hut-K Chaats, A2 Pizza Pi, Darcy's Cart, the Beet Box, and Cheese Dream. The Beet Box, he says, may be starting a little late: "They have to graduate." He means literally--it's run by a trio of U-M students.
And about that food truck you have to come up with. Hodesh says people tend to go one of three ways: "there's a guy in Jackson who makes them, there's Cart Concepts in New York, or you can make your own. The Lunch Room did."
And it served them well. Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo's vegan Lunch Room won't be coming back for a third season because they're opening a more permanent Lunch Room this summer at Kerrytown, in the former Yamato. Engelbert says she doesn't know what they're doing with their cart: "We might sell it, we might keep it for event catering."