“Beware back. Beware back. Beware back.”

“ABC has a jackpot.”

“I Have a Holy Roller for Dawn!”

If you sit on the stairs to the food truck driver’s seat Food for Thought run by the Charter School of Excellence, you can get a pretty good feel for what it’s like for three grown people to feed 20 hungry 20 fresh orders in under an hour outside a vehicle no larger than a bread truck. The truck said it contains a pan, a grill, the smallest counter you have ever seen – and so on.

Oh wait, there’s a trash can placed between the driver’s seat and the stairs where you sit.

Staff members of the Charter School of Science order lunch at the school "Food For Thought" food truck in Erie.

“I like it,” said Amarion Fleming, 16, a culinary arts student at the Charter School of Excellence who works 7 to 8 hour shifts on the food truck that was recently parked for lunch outside the North. – Tri- District 5 Intermediate Unit in Edinboro. “I’m working to save money to get my things.”

This will summarize why any of the dozens of food truck owners have been thrown out across Erie County, serving fresh, hot delicacies, hoping for plenty of foot traffic, local followers and events to take care of during a season of warm short – and, for many, whatever the way to place the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview mirror.

Ray Smith, left, receives a message from Karissa Zelman at "The governors stay" food truck at West Erie Plaza in Millcreek Township.

“It was hard,” said Tim Grow, owner of one of the area’s longest-running food trucks, Que Abides, which serves grilled chicken, spicy stuffed pork and much more, such as pasta and laden cheese. with breast and jalapeno, Sajuk Cajun or chicken jalapeno.

Grow is actually working harder now to set up a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Fairview, at 6990 West Lake Road, in the former Gray Café home. But he was against the pandemic with everyone else in 2020.