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A line forms quickly when Brian Cole pulls his new mobile restaurant to the side of the Spring Street.

Williamstown Mobile Taco Truck Gains Fanfare

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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The taco and burrito truck has caused quite a bit of excitement in Williamstown.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Mexican restaurant on wheels has generated a lot of excitement around Spring Street.

Williams College graduate Brian Cole recently began operating a taco truck he dubbed El Conejo Corredor, which translates to 'The Running Rabbit.' Cole transformed a van into a mobile food vendor and selling burritos and other Mexican goodies around town. Even without the Williams students on campus yet, he has already gained fanfare.

"It seems there has been a huge amount of excitement here," Cole said on Wednesday while he rushed to set up the truck in front of a quickly forming line of hungry patrons. "It brings people to the streets. It makes Williamstown more exciting."

The idea came to him last year and he spent this last summer working toward opening a restaurant for his fellow students. He looked at the real estate market and, since he is not currently in the position for a long-term investment, decided on the truck. He rents the kitchen at Hobson's Choice to prepare the food and then pulls the truck to the side of Spring Street to sell it.

"A truck made the most sense for what I was looking to do," Cole said. "I hope to focus on Spring Street area because that is where the people are."

For now, the truck operates during lunch hours and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights but when the students return to the campus, he plans to have late-night hours but isn't sure he'll continue during the winter.

While Cole has fielded questions of concern about the sanitation and health codes, the response from the community has been strong and if the lines that have already been forming are any indication of what is to come, it will be a busy semester.

"I'm selling burritos for $5, so I'm not getting rich yet," Cole said.

Tags: food,   vendors,   

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