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Food trucks are coming to Flowery Branch
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Beer Me is a newly opened craft beer store in Flowery Branch with 25 beers and ciders on tap. - photo by Austin Steele

If you’re looking to try something new in Flowery Branch, head over to Beer Me in downtown for food truck Sundays.

The craft beer shop at 5609 Main St., off Mitchell Street and across from Antebellum restaurant, opened in November and is already adding a weekly event to its rotation. Just like the beers on tap rotate, so will the food trucks each Sunday. The first is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Jan.6.

“There’s not really a lot of food options on Sundays around here that are really close,” said Marc Stampfli, co-owner at the shop. “We’ve done it before with El Tacoman from Gainesville and that was really successful. We think it’d be a fun thing to do on Sundays and people like to come hang out on Sunday.”

Adding food trucks to the mix on Sundays, already a busy time at the shop, was a logical decision.

“Sundays are a really good crowd, but we think food trucks will make it that much better,” Stampfli said.

First up is Habanero Grill Food Truck out of Kennesaw. The bright red truck will pull up to Beer Me on Sunday and open shop, serving up its most popular item: baja fish tacos. It also serves other Mexican and southwestern foods like habanero triple steak nachos.

According to its website, Habanero Grill focuses “on the gourmet side of the taco genre, preparing our extraordinary fare using fresh, locally-grown ingredients.”

Stampfli said this will be the first time his shop has had a full-size food truck come out, so it’s partly a “trial run” as he gets things more established.

“The city, they’ve changed a lot of laws from what I’ve heard recently to allow food trucks,” Stampfli said. “It makes it easy for us. The companies are good, all their licenses are good, and the city is so empty on a Sunday anyway, we kind of have the whole place to ourselves.”

Stampfli uses a scheduling service that sends out the food trucks each week, so for him, it’s a surprise when they tell him who’s coming and for the customers, it creates variety in the food they get to try.

Big C’s Chicago Kitchen is scheduled for Jan. 13. Typically serving the Atlanta area, Big C’s Chicago Kitchen will be bringing Chicago-style foods — Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago hot dogs and pizza (thin crust, not the deep-dish pizza you might be imagining).

On its website, Big C’s promises that “you will not find real, authentic, Chicago-Italian beef with our famous giardiniera topping anywhere else.”

Stampfli is hoping for about 100 people to come to the event and hopes to see it grow beyond that as the food truck lineup grows.

When El Tacoman, which serves up street tacos, comes out to Beer Me on Jan. 20, Stampfli said Variant Brewing Company will be taking over the taps. But for the first two food trucks, he’s sticking to what’s worked well so far.

“This Sunday we just have our standard, great selection of beers,” Stampfli said.

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