Between them, Chris Hodgson and Jae Stulock own three of the city's most popular food trucks (Hodgson with Dim and Den Sum and Hodge Podge, Stulock with Umami Moto). Both mobile-eats mavens talked to us about hitting the brakes to open new restaurants.
"The food truck is probably the hardest work I've ever done," says Hodgson. "In restaurants everything comes right to you, ... and it's easy if you do it right."
MAKING THE MOVE
"Everything is bigger; everything happens on a grander scale," says owner Jae Stulock. Best lesson learned? "We are capable. It's been really quite rewarding to see it come together."
Hodgson decribes Hodge's as lively, energetic and friendly. In an ode to his truck, it will feature a Dim and Den Sum bar area with a chef serving small bites.
Contemporary and, of course, hip. Patrons will order at a window, get drinks at the bar and have their food run out to them. "It's a fresh new look at the service industry," Stulock says.
Expect affordable food fusion with food truck favorites, such as the PBLT, remaining on the menu alongside new imaginative dishes such as French onion soup ravioli. Hodge's will open in late March or early April.
Similar to Umami Moto, the fare combines global cuisines with American dishes. Save for the popular short rib sliders, the menu features new items such as a Moroccan lamb sausage sandwich and flatbread pizzas, as well as nonalcoholic mixed drinks.
Monday, March 12, 2012 9:54:26 AM by Anonymous
Love the trucks, love The Hipp, getting ready to love Hodge's.
Monday, March 12, 2012 6:51:54 PM by Ashforth Y. Robinson
The Hipp and Moto are delicious. Visit them, and visit them often!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:45:46 PM by andym
Two cool guys with great, affordable food, help make Cleveland an interesting place to eat out at. I hope they both are as successful with their restaurants as they are with their food trucks!