Friday the 13th or not, in two days John and Jean Travis plan to start their newest food service business, a lunch venture on four wheels.
The Eat Good Food truck will be parked at Minogue’s Beverage Center on West Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week until it gets too cold in the fall, said Jean Travis.
“Superstitions don’t matter to us,” she said.
The Travises owned the Jonesville Store for six years, until Jan. 1, when issues between them and a business partner led to its closing and reopening under different ownership.
“We’re rising from the ashes,” Jean Travis said.
The couple developed a following at the country store for its breakfasts, deli case, comfort food and desserts. The new food truck won’t serve breakfast, but will have daily specials in three categories: carving, such as pulled pork or sirloin cooked on a charcoal grill on premises; casserole, such as seafood macaroni and cheese or meatloaf; and sweets.
Instead of sandwiches, it will serve “trenchers” — fish, chicken or meat on a waffle, crepe or tortilla — she said. Fruit smoothies and salads will also be on the menu.
Ben Travis, the owners’ son, grows some of the produce used in the meals in his garden plot at the family home in Middle Grove.
Many people will probably take their meals to go, but for anyone who wants to stay and eat, Travis has painted several 1940s wooden ironing boards to use as tables under a canopy tent.
The 1994 International truck has undergone several incarnations before its current use by the Travises. It started as a Dove chocolate bar truck based in Colorado and later was used by a candy company in western New York and finally by a company doing fish fries on the beach in Cape May, N.J.
It has a flat-top griddle, convection microwave, four sinks and “unbelievable cupboard spaces,” Travis said.
The couple had it painted blue and white, and though they don’t plan to erect it, a Dove-bar-shaped balloon rises out of the middle.
The family is excited about the new mobile business, from which they’ll also do catering.
“It’s something that we had always wanted to do anyway,” Travis said of having a food truck.
She’s been handing out menus in businesses and neighborhoods on the West Side, where hospital employees regularly take lunchtime walks and families stroll. The spot is also close to the Saratoga Springs train station, and in recent years, public and private entities alike have worked to improve the aesthetics of the corridor.
It won’t be the only vendor in the parking lot — the B.J. Farms of Greenwich produce stand will remain, with Eat Good Food next to it.
And it’s not the only food truck in Saratoga Springs. Betty’s Cakes operates perhaps the most eye-catching mobile eatery, a pink double-decker bus that serves up cupcakes around town and at fairs and special events, in addition to the bakery’s permanent shop on Broadway.