A fun alternative to visiting a favorite restaurant is ordering from a food truck.
Food trucks have been around for centuries, but have been gaining popularity recently since the 2008 recession.
By giving them the option of breaking the bank for an investment, those looking to start a business can do it more easily with a food truck. Food trucks can often be seen at trade fairs, festivals, sporting events and in urban areas on street corners and construction sites.
As the popularity of food trucks grows, Bally’s Vicksburg, formerly known as Lady Luck Casino and Casino of Vicksburg, has hosted a multitude of vendors who settled in their parking lot at 1380 Warrenton Road.
“Our food trucks are parked in front of the casino in the sports book parking lot and when it rains we drive the food truck under the Porte Cochere, ”said Mickey Fedell, manager for player development at Bally.
While the casino’s food trucks are hugely popular with customers and management, Fedell said, the public is invited to queue up and place an order with the vendors.
Initiated by the casino’s Executive Vice President of Casino Operations and Chief Marketing Officer Phil Juliano, Bally’s Vicksburg began hosting food truck sellers in January.
“Our other casinos had food trucks made and he (Juliano) suggested we try them and they were a huge hit,” said Fedell. “My first food truck was at Squeeze the Lime, a local food truck seller, in January. I then started reaching out to other food truck sellers in the area. There are several food truck vendors in the Jackson area and we were able to drop them off. Some of our suppliers are Lost Pizza Co., Chunky Dunks Ice Cream and Small Time Hot Dogs. “
Most of Bally’s food trucks are open on Fridays and Saturdays, and there are plans to have a variety of food truck sellers throughout the year, Fedell said.
T&J franchises will be set up at Bally’s on Saturday, July 3rd, from 11am to 9pm. Offerings include pulled pork sandwiches, chicken lollies, Polish sausages, a selection of fries and funnel cakes.
Cash and credit cards are accepted, Fedell said.
The rest of the schedule for July:
From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 9.-10. July, Squeeze The Lime, specializing in tacos
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 16, chunky dunks, ice cream
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 17th Which wich, sandwiches
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 23rd to 24th, Small Time Hot Dogs, Gourmet Hot Dogs
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 30.-31. July Bessie Roo, barbecue.
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for The Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was named # 1 by the Mississippi Press Association. She also won first place in the editorial department of the MPA Better Newspaper Contest for the “Best Feature Story”.
Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.
Before joining The Post a little over 10 years ago, she was a freelance worker with the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time mom who stayed at home.
Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and a former member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is with Dr. Walter Frazier married.
“From informing about local government affairs to hearing the stories of their people, a home newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with their and local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone my skills as I help with the Stories to share in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, I always answer “the people”.
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