DURHAM — With temperatures in the single digits, the Perk on Wheels food truck dished out crepes and coffee.
“We are getting orders for smoothies even in cold weather,” owner’s assistant Claudia White said Thursday, her breath puffing out as she spoke.
Perk on Wheels is the mobile version of Perk on Main. The popular spot closed its location at 6 Main St. on Dec. 23, where it had been since 2007. The first Perk restaurant opened in 2002. The food truck came in 2014.
“We have really loyal customers who are happy to come by,” White said.
The 24-foot truck parked its wheels on Dec. 26 in front of Dari Serv, 13 Main St., where it will remain until the ice cream shop opens for the season.
“Hopefully we’ll find another spot,” said Katie Tuttle, part-time food truck manager. “If we don’t have a restaurant (when Dari Serv opens), we can just move the truck to another part of town.”
The food truck’s menu includes many of the same crepe recipes and hot drinks, although the espresso machine’s pipes won’t allow it to work in cold weather.
“We’re just taking this week to work out the kinks,” White said, “and see if it’s going to work for the season. We hope to be here as long as possible.”
White said the food truck business is working hard to maintain its social mission — composting scraps to reduce trash and buying local and organic when possible.
Owner Katie Hughes-Nelson oversaw the sale and removal of kitchen equipment from 6 Main St. on Thursday. As a sink came off the wall, a cook surface rested on a cart by the door, waiting to be loaded into a trailer.
“This is where it began,” she said.
Hughes-Nelson, a Durham resident, owns two other restaurants, PerkonMain in Middletown and Perkon Church in Guilford.
She said she’s open to finding a new Durham location. The lease on 6 Main St. expired at the end of 2017.
“Right now, we’ve put our focus on the food truck and our other two locations,” she said.
, adding that the food truck “helps maintain our regular clientele and also helps us financially through this difficult time.”