The space will undergo a final round of inspections next week, and Looney said he will have a better sense of its opening time frame after he receives approval from the city’s building, health, liquor board and fire inspectors.
“We’ve just got a few hoops to jump through,” Looney said.
A large food truck will serve as the main kitchen for the “truckstaurant,” and seating will be available inside for about 90 guests. Its menu will combine dishes from the Gypsy Queen Cafe and Helen’s Garden, a restaurant the Gypsy Queen team owned before pursuing a business on wheels.
“We built it, handmade it ourselves,” adding to the space as their budget allowed, Looney said.
Looney said “like any good business owner,” he’s nervous about opening in a time when a spate of other prominent Baltimore restaurants are shuttering. But he’s optimistic the “truckstaurant” will thrive.