What commenced in 2018 as a meals truck specializing in above-the-leading potato tots and chicken fingers turned vegan just just before COVID landed on anyone’s radar. And now, the cell eatery is going static with the opening of a mini marketplace in Bellmore.
Wendy Lantigua opened the space in July providing a plant-centered menu mainly composed of incredibly hot handhelds. Specialty goods — empanadas (2 for $7), “chicken” sandwiches ($15) and “clucket buckets” ($8-$25) — are accessible everyday, when other ease and comfort food is served only on designated times. All over the week, assume to find tacos, “sausage” and peppers on a roll, avocado toast, spring rolls and loaded smashed potatoes. You are going to also locate loaded nachos and “hen” bowls with roasted potatoes, melted dairy-free of charge cheese and corn.
The shop also sells neighborhood grub from providers including Pop This popcorn, Beneath the Desk very hot sauce and A Small Brittle Heaven’s almond brittle. A refrigerated case is stocked with foodstuffs from All American Wontons (sweet and savory wontons) and Plant Provisions (deli slices).
50 percent of the pale-pink walls in the store are prettied with pig-centric décor, but a single wall in unique needs focus: The Content Pig’s emblem — a pink college bus pushed by a … hold out for it … satisfied pig, who’s joined by a pleased rooster. The mural was painted by Lantigua’s 21-calendar year-previous daughter, Alex Cannava.
In addition to functioning a food items truck and sector, Lantigua is also guiding the preferred Foods Truck Fridays party, now held at St. Dominic’s Church in Oyster Bay.
She stated she’s always wanted to switch to veganism, equally individually and skillfully, but she “did not sense relaxed remaining a vegan truck and ingesting a steak. It just did not make sense to me.” Health problems lastly impressed her to make the modify.
Lantigua researched culinary arts at the New York Institute of Engineering and originally established out in 2014 offering baked products at craft fairs and farmers markets. She went on to roast corn from a trailer just before purchasing a college bus that released as a non-vegan food items truck in 2018.
Lantigua credits her grandmothers for educating her the ropes in the kitchen area — her Italian grandmother for instructing her how to bake and her Puerto Rican grandmother for educating her how to make empanadas. “If my grandmother realized I was generating vegan empanadas, she would imagine I’m insane,” she joked.
The takeout only spot is open Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1503 Bellmore Ave. in North Bellmore. To area an get, text 516-448-5126 or call the store at 516-636-5040. thehappypig.co.