It was good news/bad news this week for two former food trucks. Good Truckin’ Food, a food truck formerly situated at Capital City Food Court, spun off into the brickand-mortar breakfast/ lunch spot Good Truckin’ Diner in REO Town.
But West Lansing’s Fork in the Road, which grew from the Trailer Park’d food truck, announced it will close Nov. 23.
“The business was successful in many ways but unfortunately was not profitable,” was written on the business’ Facebook page Monday. The artisanal diner opened in 2012 and had reportedly been eyeing a location in REO Town before the announcement. Instead, the growing retail district got Good Truckin’ Diner. Co-owners Nick Sinicropi and Zach Corbin moved into the former location of Famous Taco.
“I see so much potential in this area,” Sinicropi said. “And we’re a perfect fit.”
The 800-square-foot restaurant has 29 seats, and the menu has the usual diner suspects with everything made from scratch each day. The burgers use certified Hereford beef with “unique toppings” (think: habanero relish and poblano pepper aoili), the bread is driven in fresh daily from bakeries in Detroit and there will be daily specials, including a soup of the day and homemade desserts. Most of the items are original creations, but some are tweaks of popular favorites.
“I think the Bourbon Street Breakfast will be very well received,” Sinicropi said. “It tastes just like New Orleans.”
Last week, downtown Lansing’s Tavern on the Square moved up the street and got a new name: Tavern and Tap. It took over the space that was home to both Edmund’s Pastime and the Black Rose; Edmund’s has gone the way of the dodo, while the Black Rose is rumored to be moving into the former Tavern on the Square space, 206 S. Washington Square, later this month.
They’re all part of the Urban Feast restaurant group, which includes Peppino’s Pizza & Sports Grille in East Lansing, Leos’ Spirits and Grub in Okemos and Troppo in downtown Lansing.
Good Truckin’ Diner 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday- Sunday; closed Monday. 1107 S. Washington Ave., Lansing (517) 253-7961, facebook. com/goodtruckinfood
Tavern and Tap 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday 101 S. Washington Square, Lansing (517) 374-5555, tavernandtap.com