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Food Truck Friday: Patrons return for socially distanced pop-up event

Patrons return for socially distanced pop-up event

Photos by Janelle Patterson Rodney Boron packs a lunch at Big R’s Smoke BBQ food truck at the corner of Second and Greene streets Friday.

Food Truck Friday spaced Big R’s Smoke BBQ and Lisa’s Sweet Stop trucks a block apart but still had customers standing in the summer heat for food and sweets in Marietta.

“We’re glad people are still coming, “ said Rodney Boron, of Newport, as he took orders at the barbecue nestled at the corner of Second and Greene streets Friday.

Customers who stopped in during lunch Friday said they kept an eye out from their vehicles to note which trucks had joined the summer tradition, sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re even in different spots from Lisa’s so that there aren’t the crowds gathering like they used to,” Boron explained. “But people seem excited to have us back.”

He said before each shift, all of the staff have their temperatures taken, and food preparation is kept wholly separate from taking orders and money from customers.

“Even though a customer has to stay six feet from whoever is serving, whoever’s in the truck has to stay in the truck and whoever’s outside taking orders has to stay outside,” Boron added. “The health department said we could open if we do it this way, so this is how it’s going to be done.”

For Allison Danner, 27, of Marietta, getting to walk to the pop-up lunch location afforded some normalcy as the community learns to adjust to coronavirus precautions while getting back to business.

“We were closed at the shop for almost three months so it’s nice to not only be open again but also to have this since most places don’t deliver,” said Danner.

“I’m here getting lunch for everyone.”

The next outdoor event, Boron said, is planned for the final Friday of July.

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

-Food Truck Fridays occur on the second and final Fridays of the month in downtown Marietta.

-Due to health concerns over the coronavirus, food trucks are spaced at different downtown parking lots.

-Customers are asked to stay back from the trucks while awaiting their orders.

Source: Times research.

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