Fat City caught up with Venus Van Horn, who owns and operates the MMT with her partner, Ceasar Reyes, to learn about the new collaboration with Czar.
Does a brick-and-mortar establishment allow you to do different things than the truck kitchen? Absolutely. We can only hold three different balls in the truck at one time due to the confined space. At Czar we will be able to expand our menu and offer more choices to our customers.
What are you most excited about on the menu? We're excited to offer new sandwiches like Cluck Yeah! - a chicken meatball in a pesto cream sauce - and the Matador, a Spanish-inspired ball with ground corn tortillas in a fire-roasted tomato sauce. But we're having the most fun with our appetizers. This is an area where we can really cut loose with our flavor profiles. For example, we feature Chorizo Gusher Balls, which are spicy balls with a fruit gusher candy baked inside. It's kind of a different take on the appetizer your mom may have made with meatballs and grape jelly. Our "taste testers," i.e., family and friends, think they are surprisingly delicious!
Will the truck be parked outside, or is this inside Czar? We will be serving meatballs from Czar's kitchen, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, giving customers the opportunity to grab a bite, whether they come to see a show or stop in for a drink.
What led you to partner with Czar? We have found in Czar owners Tim and Dallas [Gutschenritter], kindred spirits who want to provide their clientele a more adventurous take on bar food. It's really a perfect match!