What started in 2018 as a food truck specializing in around-the-major potato tots and rooster fingers turned vegan just ahead of COVID landed on anyone’s radar. And now, the cellular eatery is going static with the opening of a mini market place in Bellmore.
Wendy Lantigua opened the place in July giving a plant-primarily based menu largely composed of scorching handhelds. Specialty products — empanadas (2 for $7), “chicken” sandwiches ($15) and “clucket buckets” ($8-$25) — are obtainable day-to-day, when other convenience food is served only on specified days. In the course of the week, be expecting to come across tacos, “sausage” and peppers on a roll, avocado toast, spring rolls and loaded smashed potatoes. You will also locate loaded nachos and “chicken” bowls with roasted potatoes, melted dairy-no cost cheese and corn.
The shop also sells area grub from organizations including Pop This popcorn, Below the Desk hot sauce and A Minor Brittle Heaven’s almond brittle. A refrigerated situation is stocked with foodstuffs from All American Wontons (sweet and savory wontons) and Plant Provisions (deli slices).
Half of the pale-pink walls in the store are prettied with pig-centric décor, but just one wall in individual calls for notice: The Happy Pig’s symbol — a pink university bus driven by a … wait around for it … happy pig, who’s joined by a joyful hen. The mural was painted by Lantigua’s 21-yr-old daughter, Alex Cannava.
In addition to operating a foods truck and current market, Lantigua is also at the rear of the well-liked Foodstuff Truck Fridays event, now held at St. Dominic’s Church in Oyster Bay.
She reported she’s generally needed to switch to veganism, the two individually and professionally, but she “didn’t sense comfy staying a vegan truck and taking in a steak. It just didn’t make sense to me.” Health and fitness difficulties lastly encouraged her to make the adjust.
Lantigua researched culinary arts at the New York Institute of Know-how and at first established out in 2014 featuring baked products at craft fairs and farmers markets. She went on to roast corn from a trailer before acquiring a university bus that launched as a non-vegan food items truck in 2018.
Lantigua credits her grandmothers for educating her the ropes in the kitchen area — her Italian grandmother for teaching her how to bake and her Puerto Rican grandmother for educating her how to make empanadas. “If my grandmother knew I was producing vegan empanadas, she would feel I’m crazy,” she joked.
The takeout only place is open up Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1503 Bellmore Ave. in North Bellmore. To location an buy, text 516-448-5126 or connect with the store at 516-636-5040. thehappypig.co.