BANGOR – Many of the food trucks greater Bangor area residents are used to seeing on the waterfront have started to return to Front Street this week, but not all trucks have immediately opened up downtown.
In final days of May, a welcome sight returned to the parking lot along Front Street in Bangor as food trucks opened for business for the season.
“We talked about opening right away, people can do takeout, let’s get out there but we just didn’t know,” JJ’s Jerk Shack co-owner Whitney Walker.
Walker and her husband Jermaine reopened their food truck, JJ’s Jerk Shack, for its second season on the waterfront on May 29.
It was one of the first food trucks to reopen in the downtown space.
“We were already in compliance with a lot of the regulations that were put out for us so it was a fairly easy thing for us to navigate,” said Walker
The faces and food trucks will be familiar but the set up is new for customers in Bangor.
Concrete barriers separate customer parking spots from the vendors, and people are being asked not to park in the parallel parking spots along Front Street.
JJ’s, like others, is offering online ordering and contact-less pick up to ensure the safety of customers and employees.
The usual food trucks have not all returned to Bangor just yet. Melt, for example, has taken its sandwich game to High Street in Ellsworth for the first time.
“We talked to the owner [of the property] and he was so nice and so gracious..and we knew it would be a good spot because it’s visible and it’s a high traffic area,” said Melt co-owner Amanda Smith.
Melt’s lunch orders, through walk-up and online sales, are up in their new spot but 70% of its business comes from events and festivals. Many of those large gathers have been canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
“If we can be open a little later in the season, we probably will do that just to compensate for some of the losses that we have had with the events,” said Melt co-owner Alexis Walls.
The Melt food truck is expected back on the Bangor waterfront starting the week of June 8.