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Another food truck to open restaurant


The owners of Shortstop BBQan Orange County based food truck, plan to open a brick and mortar restaurant specializing in barbeque near Cal State Fullerton in December.

Andrew Honore, 25, his wife Mary and his brother Alex started their barbeque food truck one year ago with the desire to eventually open a quick-service restaurant under the same name.

For the Honore’s, barbeque is a family affair. Their grandfather worked as a chuck wagon cook in Texas and eventually opened his own pit barbeque restaurant where he created original recipes.

“BBQ is kind of in our blood,” Honore said. “We grew up hearing about barbeque and how there was no good barbeque in Orange County.”

Honore, who worked at popular food chains like In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle Mexican Grill, said he always envisioned opening a quick-service restaurant and when he found the Fullerton location near his home, he couldn’t pass it up.

Shortstop BBQ food truck serves barbeque favorites like pulled pork, tri tip and holiday turkey sandwiches.

“We’re looking at expanding the menu for the restaurant,” he said. “On the truck we really don’t have the opportunity to serve ribs, because in my opinion unless ribs are fresh they’re not good.”

Honore plans to keep the Shortstop BBQ truck in operation even after the brick and mortar opens. He brought on Craig Orrell, former chef of USC’s off campus restaurant The Lab, to help his brother run the truck, while he focuses on the restaurant.

Shortstop BBQ will replace The Hot Spud, which closed in August at 711 North Placentia Avenue in Fullerton.

Other food trucks are also opening standalone restaurants.

Lime Truck's former chef Jason Quinn will soon open The Playground in Santa Ana. Fullerton-basedTropical Shave Ice recently opened a treat shop in West Covina and Dos Chinos now has a food shop in downtown Los Angeles.

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