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Chef Derrick Clark, owner of a Square Meal on Wheels, got into the food truck business right when the ordinance loosening restrictions on mobile food vendors passed back in 2011.
The Square Meals on Wheels truck is parked until Saturday, as Clark is now busy with the soft-opening phase of the new Square Meals Cafe at 6745 Lenox Center Court.
According to Clark, a L’Ecole Culinaire graduate and current president of the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance, he became aware of the space at Lenox Center while working in his food truck nearby. The business at that spot was leaving and he was asked if he would be interested.
“I jumped on it,” he says.
The soft opening for a Square Meal Cafe continues through Friday. It officially opens on Monday, October 14th.
The menu, which Clark describes as “fine cuisine with a touch of soul,” will be an extension of the Square Meal on Wheel’s offerings, most notable for its lobster roll and fish tacos.
The cafe will have daily specials, such as New Orleans-style tilapia in a seafood sauce. For vegetarians, there’s veggie tacos, sauteed vegetables, and quesadillas. “I cater to all appetites,” says Clark.