Looks like Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo were right way back in 2010, when they declared that food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants were not mortal enemies.
The Buffalo entrepreneur-chef duo are apparently opening their first wheel-less restaurant at 1503 Hertel Ave. They declined to comment.
In November, a corporation called Lloyd Taco Factory LLC declared itself to the N.Y. State Division of Corporations, giving its mailing address as 1503 Hertel Ave., as previously noted by Buffalo Rising.
That space was part of Caramici's Bistro & Bakery, which is now bakery-only, having shut down its restaurant, according to Caramici's Facebook page. (UPDATE: Diane Serra, Caramici's owner, confirms that the Lloyd operation is working on plans to move into 1503 Hertel, while she continues to operate the bakery next door, at 1501 Hertel. Caramici's will continue to offer cakes, cookies and other bakery favorites, and plans to add heat-and-eat dishes like stuffed rigatoni in February.)
The Lloyd Taco Truck fleet has increased to four, making it by far the largest of Buffalo's 20-odd food truck operations. The Lloyd crew spearheaded the passing of a Buffalo food truck permitting law that has fostered a mobile-food boom.
Back in 2010, when Lloyd was the only truck in town, Dorsaneo and Cimino described the future they wanted:
They'd like competition. "We want there to be other taco trucks, other food trucks," said Cimino.
"Because in the long run, it's going to breed a better quality product, better quality businesses," said Dorsaneo. "More creativity. People need to be on their game when there's competition."
Cimino and Dorsaneo have been looking for the right building for years, and publicly entertained the notion of joining Jeremy Horwitz's Mercado's project. The dynamic duo have even made it to television, in an as-yet unseen episode of CNBC's reality series "Restaurant Startup," which drew advance praise from its hosts.
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