December 15, 2011
Drewski's to launch second food truck, operate eatery at new downtown sports bar

Food lovers wait in line at Drewski's mobile food truck during the Sacramento Mobile Food Festival at Fremont Park on Saturday April 30, 2011. Lezlie Sterling, Sacramento Bee

February is shaping up to be a big month for Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen, the popular local food truck that specializes in grilled sandwiches (think: aged Havarti cheese melted over Korean braised beef, kimchee and other goodness). Not only is Drewski's planning to launch its second truck on Feb. 1, but a new sports bar coming to downtown will host a brick-and-mortar version of Drewski's. Located in the former Dream Ultra Lounge, Drewski's will operate out of The Republic (908 15th St., Sacramento) which will feature pool tables, plenty of TVs showing sports events and an expanded menu from Drewski's. Look for it to open right around the beginning of February.

The Republic will act as a kind of home base for Drewski's and provide much coveted storage for its food trucks.

"This will save us money," said Andrew Blaskovich, the restaurateur behind Drewski's. "On the trucks we have a limited amount of space, so I'm constantly shopping. With the labor, gas cost and time it's challenging."

Meanwhile, business has been so good for Drewski's since it launched in March that Blaskovich might add a third truck to his fleet as well, even as Sacramento city leaders are dragging its heels on discussing food truck ordinances at City Hall (mobile food vendors are held to a 30 minute parking rule). The city of Elk Grove, however, will likely amend its food truck regulations before Sacramento.

"I have plenty of demand but with one truck there's not enough supply to go around," said Blaskovich. "I knew I'd have to get another truck, but not this quickly. I hope this kind of sends a message to the people at (Sacramento) City Hall to get on the ball a little more and get the ordinances changed."

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