The Boss is on the road.
Wofford’s new food truck – 429 (The Road Boss) – has made its long-awaited debut.
“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to have a truck,” says Cherie Tyger, resident director of culinary services. “We’re going to put our chefs to work with some new ideas and we’re going to have some fun stuff for students.”
The truck will be open for business from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in front of Main Building.
The Road Boss is a 2011 Freightliner powered by a Cummings 5.9-liter diesel engine. Originally used as a bread delivery truck, it has 219,000 miles under its belts. It was converted into a food truck in 2016.
“Mechanically she’s a beast,” says Kenneth Pettit, Wofford’s preventative maintenance supervisor. “She runs like a champ.”
Pettit and Clayton Rollins, a groundskeeper in the Facilities Department, flew to Miami, Fla., on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 to pick up the truck. They were on the road by 1 p.m. the next day, and rolled The Boss onto campus early on Nov. 18.
In March, the truck got a fresh look in the form of a wrap designed by Karyn J. Davis, creative director in the Office of Marketing and Communications. The goal was to have the truck on the road by the end of the spring semester, but the need for a custom-built part pushed its debut into the fall.
Tyger says she’s wanted a food truck for a while. Now she’s ready for it to roll.
“We’re going to switch things up,” Tyger says. “It’s not going to be monotonous. It’s going to be something new and different in addition to our other options.”