New Food Truck Alert: Gourmet Command Center (With Their Badass 17-Foot Former SWAT Vehicle)
We've always liked guys in trucks, although we never though we'd apply the rule to food trucks. That was until Gourmet Command Center hit the streets in their purple and black, totally pimped out, former-SWAT-surveillance-vehicle now turned food truck.
Lauren Saria Gourmet Command Center owners Bernie and Cindie Boyles
This roving kitchen demands to be taken seriously, folks. We mean it.
The Business: Gourmet Command Center, Gourmet Mobile Food & Catering Truck
What You Need to Know: Think East Coast inspired cuisine like cheese steaks, hoagies and subs. They're hoping to offer Maryland crab cakes, soft-shell crab sandwiches and shrimp po'boys at catered and special events. Never-fail sides like seasoned and sweet potato fries round out the offerings with deep-fried pickles and fried green tomatoes shoring up the menu's regional flare.
The Owners: Husband and wife team, Bernie Boyle & Cindie Powell-Boyle with assistance from family such as Bernie's brother Mike and sometimes, their kids. Cindie hails from South Jersey and the Boyle brothers claim Maryland roots. Together they're bringing their take on eastern seaboard flavors to the Sonoran Desert.
Lauren Saria Gourmet Command Center burger
The Boyles own a candle shop in Glendale, but Bernie's got experience cooking in restaurant kitchens and comes from a family of restaurateurs. They couple say they have a passion for the business, even though it's "no cakewalk." (Despite having air conditioning, Bernie lost eight pounds on his first day working inside the truck's blisteringly hot kitchen - now that's a labor of love.)
Although the Boyles looked for a brick-and-mortar location to open a restaurant, Cindie says they struggled to find a location that fit their menu. Instead, like so many others, they decided to take the food truck route. They learned to appreciate the hands-on business model and immediate feedback from customers.
Lauren Saria Gourmet Command Center buffalo cheesesteak
"We are people-people," says Cindy. "In a restaurant, you can hide behind your servers bit when you have a truck, you're it."