We’ve all been there. Last call has been called. The bars and restaurants on Dickson Street have closed. It’s 2 a.m., and a desperate hunger strikes, unlike any craving you’ve ever felt before.
There is only one cure for that type of hunger, at that hour, in that particular (altered?) state of mind. Tacos.
Locals Louis Vasquez and Jimmy Vellane are hoping to capitalize on those late-night urges with their brand new mexican food cart, FayetteGrille.
The restaurant on wheels has been officially serving up tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas on at the Southeast corner of Dickson Street and West Avenue (just in front of the Walton Arts Center) for about two weeks.
It took almost a year to do market research, compile a business plan, and to go through the process of acquiring necessary permits, Vasquez told us, but the wait has been worthwhile.
“It’s been unbelievable,” he said. “This Thursday will be our third week in business, and we’ve already made progress toward paying back our investors. The response has been pretty overwhelming.”
Vasquez said that the decision to serve Mexican food from his cart was an easy one. In addition to his desire to differentiate himself from the hot dog vendors already operating in the area, all of the food items he serves come from long-time family recipes.
“My family is from Santa Barbara, and they operate a couple restaurants out there,” he said. “We moved to Little Rock when I was 7, but yeah, all of those are family recipes.”
The cart is currently open Thursday through Saturday from around 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. Vasquez said his dream is to grow his business into a full-time bar and restaurant.
“We just want to start small, and see where our products take us,” he said. “So far, it’s going really well.”