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UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. A link to a Weekly interview with Cormac Mahoney has been added.
Tako Truk updated its Web site this afternoon with details of their one-off event on Saturday, March 6.
They'll be raising money to send Shelterboxes to Haiti. Shelterbox is an international disaster relief charity that "delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide," according to the charity's Web site. Each Shelterbox "supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless."
Each kits costs $1,000 and can be tracked so donors can see where it goes.
Oh, and they'll be serving Tako Truk food, of course. Cormac Mahoney, Tako Truk's chef extraordinaire, says they're thinking Coco Piggy, veggie/octopus and the stew. They'll run a scrip system: four tickets for $20. Each ticket will get you two tacos or a beer or a chance to play Bad Beer Toss. Cormac explains:
The prize for winning Bad Beer Toss may be a Tako Truk party at your house. Maybe. Cormac says he's still "mashing numbers on that one."
"I'm really impressed with the Shelterbox org and want to send as many of those boxes as possible," Cormac says in an e-mail. "They've been deploying to Peru to help the flood victims there as well. Our inital goal is to send 10 boxes, which would be $10,000, to help 100 people get under shelter and be able to cook and take care of themselves, relatively speaking. I think we can do it."
If you think you'll be coming to the event, head to Tako Truk's Web site and click the RSVP link to e-mail them so they can get an idea of how many people might be coming.
The Weekly has the first part of an interview with Cormac online today.
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. I've added details on the event.
Just heard from Cormac: The March 6 thing is a one-off event in collaboration with some friends. He promises more details in a couple of weeks.
Our original post:
I don't know what it means but Cormac Mahoney (I assume it was Cormac) sent out a Tako Truk tweet about an hour ago:
And from Tako Truk's Facebook site:
I've got an e-mail in to Cormac to see what's up. Could coco piggy be in our future?
Our previous Tako Truk coverage is collected here.
UPDATED at 9:35 p.m. with closing photos.
The last order: six CoCo Piggy.
Just before 9 p.m. one of Tako Truk's first customers became its last as the summer-only eatery served its final taco. Chef Cormac Mahoney called it and sent the last Tweet annoucing that the Truk was done.
Where will they go next? We'll let you know when we know.
ORIGINAL POST IS BELOW:
The e-mail is just in from Cormac Mahoney: Tonight (Friday, Sept. 18) will be Tako Truk's last night.
If you haven't been to eat Cormac's spicy and wonderful food, you'd better get there 'cause after tonight it will be no more. They usually open around 6 and go until midnight or the food runs out.
If you're the last to know, Tako Truk is the summer-only street-food eatery operated out of the front door of the 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave E. Cormac is the chef. Bryan Jarr has been the guy at the door. And Miles Carl is Cormac's assistant in the kitchen (and sometimes at the door).
Bryan's last night with the Truk was last weekend. Thursday evening it was Cormac and Miles all on their own ... and a line of loyal Truk devotees out front who refused to leave even though the wait was longer than usual.
I spent several hours there last Saturday videotaping the Truk crew in action. At the end of the evening, Cormac said that their goal had been to do something fun for the neighborhood and that he felt like they had succeeded. People came out to eat at Tako Truk or other restaurants, and meet and chat with their neighbors. The corner of E. Lynn and Eastlake E. was one of the most fun spots in town.
"I think it was a great summer," Cormac said. I'd have to agree.
Cormac says he'll let us know where the Tako Truk guys go next. Thanks for the great summer ... and the CoCo Piggy! Thanks guys!
Tako Truk was open tonight and will be open tomorrow and Saturday (front door of the 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E.) from 6 p.m. until the food runs out (and tonight they were done by a little after 9 p.m.). This weekend is your last chance to have Bryan greet you at the door.
Cormac says this is "probably" the last three-night weekend for the popular (and temporary) Eastlake eatery. Next weekend, he says they'll do Thursday and Friday (Sept. 17 and 18) and "maybe Saturday." And they'll probably do the weekend after that, he says, but only Thursday and Friday (Sept. 24 and 25).
See last week's post for the complete story.
Get yer Coco Piggy while it lasts! I'm wondering: Can you freeze a taco? ... Nah!
It's not gone yet, but Tako Truk, the summer-only street-food eatery on Eastlake Ave., is heading into the home stretch. If your week isn't complete without some Coco Piggy or a Tako Taco, you'd better hurry.
They're open Thursday and Friday this week (closed Saturday to cater a friend's wedding; DJ Lion will be spinning the tunes Friday) and they're open next weekend (Sept. 10, 11 and 12) but after that ... nothing is certain. They might be open the weekend of Sept. 17, but it might not be a full weekend.
Maybe. Or maybe not.
"I know I won't be here after next weekend," says Bryan Jarr, the guy at the door.
"Tako Truk is done," says Cormac Mahoney, the chef who creates the Truk's food. "I need to get a job!" He doesn't know where he'll go next or what will happen to the Truk's beloved favorites.
In case you're coming to this late, Tako Truk is not a truck and it doesn't serve tacos that your grandma would recognize. It operates out of the kitchen at the 14 Carrot Cafe, 2305 Eastlake Ave. E.,...