July 12, 2013
Big Red Bus to take to the streets next week


By Kurt Chirbas

Streets of London plans on putting its new food truck on the road next week for a "gentle launch," according to Marty Hutton, executive chef at the English-style pub.

The Bee headed out to an alley between I and J Street Friday afternoon as workers were finishing wrapping red vinyl around a truck that once serviced fish tacos. When finished, the new face-lift will give it the appearance of a double-decker bus.

The truck will head over to the health office on either Monday or Tuesday, Hutton said. After that, you'll likely spot Big Red Bus, also nicknamed "Jeeves," outside his own or one of his peer's pubs.

Hutton had initially wanted an actual double-decker bus. After determining that compliance requirements would make it too expensive, he spent nine months searching for a food truck.

He stumbled across the current truck while scanning Craig's List on the way back from the Bay Area. Hutton placed a call to its owner and headed to San Jose.

As Hutton recounts the story, he "pulled in, looked at it, and made an offer right there."

One of its most impressive features, Hutton said, is the double-door kitchen fridge, which will allow Jeeves to service weddings. The only major modification that will be made to the truck's interior will be a removal of its stove and the installation of two friers.

Once launched, Big Red Bus will run a regular route through Sacramento on Monday-Friday. It will also be able for private bookings and events. The truck will be at New Helvetia brewery on Broadway July 28.

The truck will offer fish 'n chips, global-inspired burritos, priori hamburgers, specialty salads and kabobs. Most items on the menu will cost $7 to keep things "dead simple," Hutton said.

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