SOUTHINGTON — A food truck two years in the making opened last month on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike offering a host of sandwiches and smoothie bowls.
Amy Olmstead, a Wolcott resident, finished work on her truck That Hits the Spot this summer and opened at 1608 Meriden-Watebury Turnpike.
With vegan and gluten-free options along with a meat-laden sandwich called the Heart Stopper, Olmstead and her four daughters are looking to offer a place where everyone will find something delicious.
“I wanted people to be able to come to my truck and a vegan would be able to have an option that’s just as delicious,” Olmstead said.Smoothie bowls, heart stoppers
That Hits the Spot is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesdays to Saturdays. Offerings include classic egg sandwiches, smoothie bowls with fresh fruit, and the Bacon Me Crazy sandwich which many customers want on a glazed donut.
The Heart Stopper, a customer favorite, has pastrami, bacon, chorizo, salami, ham provolone cheese and sauteed onions. Olmstead said even with that sandwich, she chooses meats and cheeses without soy protein filler and wants to serve only quality ingredients.
“I keep a very healthy, clean truck because that’s what I like to eat, what I like to give my kids,” she said.A family effort
Olmstead has worked at The Muffin Factory in Southington and as a private cook for a couple with strict dietary needs. Her gluten-free offerings accommodate those with Celiac disease and similar gluten intolerances. Working multiple jobs made Olmstead realize that she wanted more control over her work.
“I’m a single mom with four girls. I was always working. I was working two, sometimes three, jobs at a time. I wasn't really seeing my kids like I want to,” she said.
Since opening three weeks ago, she’s been working with her daughters Dorothy, Vanessa, Rebekah and Charlette who are home from school or university or who help out after other jobs. Each daughter has a sandwich named after her.
“They all pitch in,” Olmstead said. “They’re great, I really couldn’t do it without them.”
She’s hoping to get the food truck established enough to hire help once her daughters are in school in the fall. Olmstead’s truck is on land owned by Beacon Electric but she has her eye on other properties with better parking and where she won’t have to get power from a generator. The company has been great, she said, but also has long-term plans for the property so she’ll eventually need to find another spot.Food truck destination
Marty DiVito bought property at 2156 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and opened up his food truck three years ago. He’s glad to see other trucks or restaurants open up, saying more options draws more customers and is good for all owners.
“I hope we see 100 trucks. It’s a cool vibe and I think people will make it a destination,” DiVito said. “I’ve been in this business 40 years now. I believe in variety.”
He’s suggested Olmstead’s truck to some of his customers looking for something different. While DiVito hasn’t been up the road to That Hits the Spot yet, he plans to and has talked with Olmstead about the business.
“I’ve been trying to help her out. Sweetheart, hard worker,” DiVito said.
Olmstead said both DiVito and the owners of the Godfather Pizza truck helped her get started and encouraged her.
“(DiVito) let me ask him 1,001 questions. He was a huge supporter,” Olmstead said.
He spends the off season in Florida and said small-scale food truck parks are popular there. Some areas have a half-dozen trucks along with tables and music.
“People make it a destination,” DiVito said.