A new place to grab a quick lunch or dinner may soon be available for Charleston residents, but it won't be in a building - it'll be on four wheels.
Sam Canterbury is working to get Spork Truck rolling, and he's been serving tacos from a stand at Moxxee coffee shop for the past few weeks.
"We all eat, but dining is an experience," he said. "It's all about the experience of your food."
Once Canterbury raises enough money to get the truck out of the garage and into the streets of Charleston, he will expand his menu to include sandwiches, salads and soups in addition to beef, chicken and pork tacos.
"I just want people to know there's an option for quick food that's not fast food," he said. "I just want to make food for the everyday person."
When the truck is up and running, Canterbury plans to concentrate on serving the downtown and East End neighborhoods, changing locations almost every day. At night, he plans to park near bars in Charleston to serve those patrons. He said that the truck being in different locations will give people something to look forward to as part of their day.
"I just want people to be excited," he said.
Canterbury, a graduate of the culinary program at Hocking College in Ohio, said he got the idea for the truck after moving to Charleston last May. Unimpressed with the usual options for lunch, dinner and late night food, he decided to start his own business.
Through help from the Charleston Area Alliance and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, in addition to his own finances and effort, Canterbury bought a used truck and has worked to repair and outfit the vehicle in preparation for its new role.
Now, Canterbury is working to raise money for equipment, permits and cosmetic touches for the truck. In addition to operating a stand at Moxxee, he's also started an online crowdfunding campaign to help meet his financial goals. Those who donate to the campaign can receive discounts and merchandise with the Spork Truck logo starting at a $10 donation.