The list of mobile vendors opening brick-and-mortar restaurants continues to grow at a rapid pace, and there’s no sign of the trend letting up on the accelerator. The latest entry in the field is J. P. Murcia, who expects to have KocinA Grill firing on all cylinders by Monday, barely two years after his KocinA food truck hit the road. (The bookend capital letters in the name are a tribute to his daughters, Kendall and Anna Sofia.)
The counter service restaurant will serve the same South American street food-inspired fare as the truck — arepas, empanadas and Colombian hot dogs topped with potato chips, bacon and pineapple relish, to name a few favorites — and then some. Because KocinA Grill is located in The Atrium, a multi-story office building near Rex Hospital, Murcia is expanding on his core offering to include North-of-the-Border favorites such as chicken Caesar salad, as well as a selection of grab-and-go lunches.
A new breakfast menu will cover the South American spectrum from Brazilian pao de queijo to the buñuelos of Murcia’s native Colombia. The morning selection will also include a few outliers such Spanish torta española, and will even venture into fusion territory with the likes of yucca or plantain hash, Latin riffs on a diner classic.