It was inevitable that chef Marshall Roth — who has been serving upscale weiners since opening Dog Nuvo, at 1724 Main, 11 months ago — would be interested in the food-truck phenomenon. What better sandwich for a mobile restaurant than hot dogs, right? This weekend, Roth and his business partner, Harry Blasco, roll out the Dog Nuvo truck: "It's serving everything from the menu at the restaurant," Roth says. "It's a mobile Dog Nuvo."
First stop: Saturday's Food Now fundraiser on the 12th Street bridge.
The 18-foot mobile kitchen that Roth introduces this weekend is not the food truck that he and Blasco purchased in Omaha (and he discussed with Fat City's Jonathan Bender in June), but a bigger truck that he's leasing from a private individual. "We're still converting the other truck," Roth says. "But this one is outfitted and ready to go. We're just waiting to pass our inspections."
Roth says he was ready for a new culinary project because the fate of the original Dog Nuvo restaurant is still up in the air: The lawsuit filed by Roth's former employer, Independence attorney and restaurant owner Ken McClain, continues to boil on the back burner. McClain's legal team has been grilling — excuse me, deposing — Dog Nuvo employees over the last few weeks. The stress has taken a physical toll on Roth, but he's energized by the food-truck project. "People are very excited by it," he says. "I'm very excited by it."
"We won't be at any set location," Roth says. "We're going to be at events and locations that people can find through Facebook and Twitter."