FALMOUTH — While the unseasonably warm weather may not bode well for fans of winter, it has been good for business for the owner of a Route 100 food truck.
Molly Ritzo, who already owns a food truck called Milly’s Skillet that is based on Peaks Island, was trying to get a second truck up and running by early fall at the former Smith Farm at 226 Gray Road.
Then she decided to wait until next spring, because there was too much to do in a short time.
But Ritzo did an about-face just before Thanksgiving when she started selling holiday pies.
“It was too nice weather-wise to not get going,” she said Dec. 10, when the temperature was around 50 degrees.
Ritzo was granted a victualar’s license for Milly’s Skillet in July. She generally operates the truck Thursday through Sunday, and said she is offering a rotating “sampler” of her larger menu, which she will begin offering in the spring. The menu includes paninis, soups, homemade cinnamon buns, pot pies and homemade pizza.
“There’s definitely a need for good food and for a community-gathering spot,” Ritzo said.
Ritzo said once spring rolls around she wants to “bring the farm back as much as possible,” with gardens and tenants for the barn.
Ritzo said she eventually wants to create a restaurant in the barn, but the food truck is “a smart way to start and feel out the neighborhood.” The area is already zoned for a restaurant.
“I’m trying to build this ultimate vision of a community-gathering spot,” she said.
The truck will also offer goods from the western mountain region of the state, in Franklin and Somerset counties, where Ritzo grew up.
Ritzo said her Peaks Island truck will continue to operate in the summer at Jones Landing, but she will be spending the majority of her time at the Falmouth location, where she also hopes to provide outdoor seating.
Town Manager Nathan Poore said Ritzo would have to come back to the Town Council for that approval.
Ritzo said when the weather finally does get cold, she will host skating parties with chili and chowder sold at the truck, which overlooks a small pond adjacent to the property.
“I’m ready to settle into the neighborhood and let everything take its course,” she said.
Molly Ritzo outside her Milly’s Skillet food truck on Route 100 in Falmouth. Ritzo is offering a few menu items in a “soft opening.”