Nicholas Crosson and business partner, Matthew Hayden, got on the road in 2012 selling porchetta (pronounced por-KET-a), an Italian-style slow roasted pork sandwich. The men are former co-workers at Raleigh's 18 Seaboard. Crosson said mall officials approached the pair about opening a restaurant in the food court as part of an effort to increase local dining options. The men are taking over a former Five Guys Burgers and Fries location, near Nordstrom.
The 18-foot-counter and 700-square-foot kitchen will have four times the space the men have on the food truck, Crosson said.
Customers can expect to see a similar menu to what is served from the truck. However, Crosson said they will add a rotisserie and start serving a Chicago-style beef sandwich. They plan to do “Rotisserie Chicken Sundays” when Chick-fil-A is closed at the mall.
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Food truck fans should not be dismayed; Crosson said they plan to keep the Porchetta truck on the road as well.