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From Food Truck to Brick and Mortar

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The food truck fad is continuing to grow, but for many mobile restaurants a truck isn't the end goal. For some of Reno’s most successful restaurants, it all started at events like Food Truck Friday.

Restaurants like Gourmelt, Brother's Barbeque, The DeLuxe and Smee’s all started in a food truck, but that was just a launching point for a much larger career.

For nearly three years now, the breakfast restaurant known as Two Chicks has continued to find popularity in Midtown. For co-owner Haley Moseley, the success of Two Chicks could have never happened without a grilled cheese sandwich.

“The license plate from the grilled cheese truck is always going to be around,” says Moseley. "It was such a neat time of our lives and we're really proud of it."

Unlike Two Chicks, Gourmelt has only been operating under a solid roof for less than a year. Moseley says going from one truck to two restaurants has had its pros and cons.

"There are definitely things that I don't miss like the 120 degree truck or the very cold truck in the winter," says Moseley. "But in a crazy busy day, sometimes I reflect and say 'gosh I wish we were in a food truck right now'.”

The most recent transformation from truck to brick and mortar comes in the form of Smee’s, an Alaskan fish bar inside Meadowood mall.        

Owner Jon Smee says a year and a half in a food truck provided the mobility and exposure needed to get up and running. Now that the company has made a name for itself, a bigger kitchen and solid ground will create much more room for growth.

"Got a following and when we felt the time was right, we moved into the brick and mortar," says Smee. "Have specials and expand our menu a little bit and so we're happy about that."

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