Getting tired of your own cooking during the prolonged stay-at-home period? The village of North Riverside next week will begin scheduling food trucks to park and sell their offerings – in a non-contact fashion and weather-permitting – on the blacktop outside of Komarek School, 8924 24th St.
The first food truck to confirm a date is the van from Stan’s Donuts, which will be at Komarek School on Thursday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.
According to North Riverside Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Mrozik, who is spearheading the initiative, Stan’s Donuts will be running a promotion that day, where they will donate a half-dozen doughnuts, for each dozen purchased, to North Riverside police and firefighters as well as staff at Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care “as they are the lifeline for the individual residents experiencing the unique lockdown situation.”
Mrozik said she’s had interest in the concept from at least one other company with food trucks — including Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery, a Schaumburg-based toasted sandwich specialist that has three trucks.
The village has received the blessing of officials from Komarek School District 94 to host the food trucks there. Mrozik said her staff have contemplated hosting food trucks on both ends of town, but they’re waiting to see what the response will be first.
“We just don’t know how many folks will go out,” Mrozik said.
It’s not clear how many trucks at a time North Riverside will book. While multiple trucks at a time would be an ideal way to draw people, Mrozik said the village wants to make sure people are able to maintain social distancing.
“I don’t want to clutter the area,” she said.
It seems like North Riverside residents are ready for treats they can get outside their own kitchens. Mrozik first floated the idea on the recreation department’s Facebook page on April 20 and got nearly 240 positive reactions and 53 comments – the second of which requested a doughnut truck, which caught the attention of a resident with a connection to the Stan’s Donuts folks.
Just how frequently trucks might be booked is unknown, but any information about upcoming dates or cancellations due to weather can be most easily found by visiting the North Riverside Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
“That’s our main hub,” Mrozik said.