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Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:00 am

Truck, brewery teaming up on Dupont

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

Led by Jerry Perez, Sol Kitchen Food Truck has made a name for itself since it launched in 2013.

The truck specializes in food with a Latin twist, with dishes such as Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas, Crispy Pork Carnitas Tacos and house-made chorizo coming off the truck.

But soon those dishes, and more, will be made in the kitchen of the former Friends restaurant on Dupont Road.

Perez is teaming with Ben Thompson of Birdboy Brewing Co. to open a co-branded restaurant and tap room.

The pair hope the restaurant will be open by Thanksgiving.

In a post on Facebook, Perez says the restaurant will serve casual, local brew pub fare with the Latin spin that Sol Kitchen is known for, and he will expand the menu beyond what the food truck offers.

Birdboy Brewing, which opened in 2015, operates a tap room on Collins Drive and distributes its beer to more than 60 bars and restaurants in Indiana. The names for the beers are inspired by the city's rich aviation history.

While Perez launched the food truck Sol Kitchen in 2013 with his family, he got his start in the mobile food business with his cart – Getaway Grill.

2nd Sunrise nears

The crew at Sunrise Cafe is still working some things out but are hopeful that the restaurant's second location will be open by the end of the month.

Sunrise Cafe, 10320 Coldwater Road, announced this spring that it would expand its operations to 1019 Coliseum Blvd. E. The space used to be Mr. Panini, a venture by Sunrise owner Mehrdad Dehmiri that didn't work out.

The Coliseum restaurant will have the same hours and same menu – “It's been a success for me so far,” Dehmiri told The Journal Gazette in May.

While the hope was the restaurant would be ready for diners in May, upgrades to the kitchen and dining area took time.

Sunrise Cafe has become known for its big breakfasts with a unique spin since it opened 15 years ago. It has been at its current spot for seven years. The John Wayne omelet comes with chili, mushroom, onions and two types of cheese – American and cheddar. It also serves lunch items, such as homemade soups.

Cheesy nominee

Lori Kobel's food truck, Who Cut The Cheese?, is all about the, well, cheese. Gouda, Swiss, mozzarella, truffle – and that's just to name a few.

Put it between some bread and a few choice ingredients, and grilled cheese sandwiches with a creative twist are served from her two-year-old food truck.

And that spin on a classic has earned her a nomination for best 2017 Grilled Cheese Food Truck of the Year. The poll by Mobile-Cuisine.comincludes nominees from across the country such as New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

Who Cut The Cheese? is the only truck from Indiana on the list.

To vote, food truck fans can go to

Previous Mobile-Cuisine contests have included Ragin' Cajun and Vietnummy.

Around town

• The Sip & Savor Wine Festival will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Headwaters Park. More than 75 wines from Indiana wineries will be available for sample. Tickets are $30 at

Deer Park Irish Pub has announced that its annual craft beer tasting will be Sept. 30. Stay tuned for details.

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