Mac’s Local Eats to debut food truck in St. Louis
Attention Macs Local Eats fans! This is not an exercise. The famous smashburgers and #RipFries could be coming to a neighborhood near you soon
ST. LOUIS – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced restaurants to get creative to keep their businesses going. For a local burger joint, that means taking to the streets.
Mac’s Local Eats teased foodie fans on its social media pages that it will soon be bringing its famous smash burgers and red hot riplet “Rip Fries” to a neighborhood near you.
That’s right … Mac’s Local Eats is preparing to debut a food truck.
“A food truck is something we’ve been thinking about for a while,” Owners Mac and Kelly McKenzie told 5 On Your Side.
They often receive requests to have their burgers and fries at outdoor events such as weddings, backyard parties, and subdivision meetings. Now a food truck can expand its footprint outside of the stationary Benton Park site.
Like all restaurants that operated during the coronavirus pandemic, owners said they saw a significant drop in sales. Before the pandemic, people huddled in a line that stretched through the restaurant to the sidewalk. Now the drivers stop and wait on the side of the road to safely fetch a bag of groceries from their vehicle after ordering.
“With Mac mobile deployments, we have the ability to accommodate our customers at their special events while ensuring that we make up for some of those lost sales,” said Kelly and Mac.
She said all of Mac’s Local Eats have been on the team for at least a year, most of them 2-3 years. When COVID-19 hit back in March, there were real concerns that some loved ones on the team would have to be fired.
“We’re proud to say that Mac’s was able to keep all employees full-time and fully paid since we worked prior to COVID,” said McKenzies. “This is something we want to make sure it goes on for our crew.”
Taking Macs with you on the go is a great way to make sure this happens.
But let’s face it, it’s also a huge win for the entire St. Louis community.
“Mac goes mobile, settles in new places, lets new guests try our food, just has the opportunity to explore STL and beyond … that sounds like really good times!” The owners said.
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The food truck does not yet have an official name or start date and more details are yet to come.
Kelly McKenzie said, however, that several different exciting collaborations are “in the works”.
“More details will follow soon!”
Sizzling foodies in St. Louis with excitement for years, Macs Local Eats moved from its original Dogtown location to a kitchen at Bluewood Brewing last year.
But it’s not only known in the St. Louis area. In 2019, Food & Wine Magazine named Mac’s Local Eats one of the top 20 spots in America to grab a burger.
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Mac’s Local Eats is located on 1821 Cherokee Street in the Benton Park neighborhood across from the old Lemp Brewery. Currently, only drive-thru-style groceries are offered, which can only be ordered on site and picked up at the roadside.