You read right: more mobile Sakaya Kitchen is coming Miami's way. With the popularity of Dim Ssam a Go Go, Sakaya Kitchen chef/owner Richard Hales already had plans of doing a second food truck. And the opportunity arrived recently when he was approached by Food Cart USA about buying the now retired Burger Beast truck, which the food truck company sponsored.
For Hales it was time to get a mobile version of Sakaya Kitchen on the road, in large part to satisfy the increasing demand for events catering.
"I've been getting more calls for this type of situation," said Hales, who will cater his first wedding with Dim Ssam a Go Go in the coming weeks and has catered office and private parties.
In fact, catering was what Hales envisioned doing when he launched Dim Ssam a Go Go last September.
"I think I had in mind more for the first truck what I'm doing with the second truck in terms of catering. I envisioned it as an extension of Sakaya Kitchen," he said.
And now with more gatherings and food truck courts happening around town -- some on the same night -- having two trucks also allows Hales to expand his geographic reach.
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The trucks' menus will differ. Sakaya Kitchen a Go Go will include the dishes that made the restaurant popular - think egg rolls, bao, rice bowls - while Dim Ssam a Go Go will continue with a menu of dishes that aren't served at the restaurant.
Is there room in Miami for more Sakaya? We think yes.
Hales expects the truck to be ready to go by mid-March if not sooner. It first needs to undergo some modifications and get wrapped in Sakaya Kitchen's orange and brown colors. Updates, as they happen, will be announced on Sakaya Kitchen's Twitter stream and Facebook page.