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Older Food Trucks Update With New Outlooks for 2013

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Older Food Trucks Update With New Outlooks for 2013
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Sophie’s Pierogi Food Carts

When Sophie’s Pierogi opened in late 2011, they were the first pierogi food truck in Columbus, introducing a whole new generation to the Polish comfort food already loved by so many. Sophie’s quickly became a go-to, offering not only classic pierogis, like the Vintage with sour cream and potatoes, but innovative twists on the old-world dish that utilized local and seasonal ingredients.

Now, Sophie’s is curtailing – not in flavor, but in size. Instead of the food truck we’re used to seeing, Sophie’s will continue to feed Central Ohio out of food carts. But this will not in any way diminish the quality of their offerings. In fact, this is a really, really good thing if you’re a fan of the pierogi.

“Sophie’s is scaling down to a few push carts [and] the same homemade pierogi will be in places on the street that food trucks can’t go,” owner Steve Redzinak shared. “I have great respect for the trucks that endure the ups and downs of this growing industry… [but] current laws favor pushcarts over food trucks”.

Sophie’s Food Carts will still offer favorites like the Vintage with several flavored sour creams, the Soph, a crispy pierogi finished with Yuengling-braised pork belly and grain mustard, and outrageous Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Creative offerings and new items will also make appearances on the menu from time to time. In addition, because of the reduced overhead, Sophie’s will increase their pierogi servings from three to four at the same price.

Look for these new food carts at special events, craft beer venues, and local retail markets. Their ultimate goal is to have the brick-and-mortar building where everyone can come in and sit as if they were at their grandmothers’ dining room tables, but until then, follow the cart at www.facebook.com/sophiesgourmet.


Photo courtesy of Sophie’s Pierogi.

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