Sauce Magazine – St. Louis-based Essentially Fries food truck no longer works

St. Louis-based Essentially Fries food truck no longer works

Matthew Borchardt, owner and operator of Essentially Fries, has ceased operations of the fries-focused food truck.

Essentially Fries has been serving hand-cut fries in the St. Louis area since 2017, but maintaining the truck has been difficult since the pandemic hit. “I had no staff to operate the truck and it just sat in my driveway, generating no revenue,” Borchardt said.

Along with not having enough manpower, the cost of supplies like oil became unreasonably high for the truck. “It’s a fries truck, of course, and we use a lot of oil. And before the pandemic, oil was $17 to $19 a can and now it’s $47 to $55 a can,” Borchardt said. “Hard to justify this kind of increase.”

Juggling both the flagship restaurant, Edibles & Essentials, and the food truck, Borchardt decided to move on from Essentially Fries, ceasing operations on July 1. you know,” Borchardt said.

There’s still a chance to sample the Essentially Fries menu with pop-ups slated for next month at Edibles & Essentials at 5815 Hampton Ave. Food truck menu items will be offered again, this time indoors and with a full bar, on Wednesday August 17th and Wednesday August 31st. Full menus will be posted on Edibles & Essentials and Essentially Fries social media accounts ahead of pop-ups.

There may still be hope for Essentially Fries to return one day. “The food truck could make a comeback. I mean, I kept the brand, I only sold the physical truck. So we’re going to keep the brand alive,” Borchardt said. “Maybe one day I’ll buy another truck.”

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