May 29, 2012
1950s-styled food truck to debut in July

Look for some 1950s flavor to be served with a food truck that's set to debut in July. Papa Dale's Drivin' Diner will take on a rockabilly and hot rod kind of vibe, while serving such comfort foods as Santa Maria tri-tip, meatloaf, mac 'n' cheese, griddled breads and more. Expect menu items to cost $8 to $10.

Papa Dale's Drivin' Diner is the brainchild of Keith Breedlove, who recently served as corporate executive chef for Guy Fieri's restaurant group, opening a Tex Wasabi's in Santa Rosa and a Dublin, Ca. location for Johnny Garlic's. He's also served as an executive chef at four different hotels, and is currently a culinary instructor at the Sacramento campus of The Art Institute of California.

"Papa Dale is my grandfather and he encouraged me to do a culinary career," said Breedlove. "It's my way of saying thank you to him and honoring the food I grew up with. My wife and I are big fans of the 1950s and home cooked comfort food. I grew up around tri-tip and barbecuing."

Breedlove also plays stand-up bass in central valley rockabilly band called The Refuzniks, and plans to have 1950s' styled tunes playing as background music for the food truck. Meanwhile, Breedlove's been working with Chris Jarosz of the Wicked 'Wich truck to get some pointers on the mobile food business.

"There's more than enough business to go around, whether it's the brick and mortars or the trucks," said Breedlove. "The better you are makes everyone raise their game."

Follow Papa Dale's Drivin' Diner on Twitter @papadalesdiner.

Chris Macias is the Bee's food and wine writer. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias

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