The Döner Brös food truck, known for traditional Turkish-style street food popular in Europe, will open its first physical location in Charles Village in early September.
Longtime friends and business partners Steven Banks and Alex Politsch will set up shop in the Nine East 33rd student apartment building near the Johns Hopkins University in hopes of serving the campus, neighborhood and nearby Union Memorial Hospital.
Döner is Turkish for “rotary,” and describes the way the meat — typically lamb, beef or chicken — is cooked. Similar to shawarma or al pastor, döner meat is stacked on a rotisserie and cooked slowly on a rotating spit.
Banks and Politsch will continue to serve menu staples like döner sandwiches and Turkish nachos, and plan to add rice bowls, döner boxes and döner pizza — flatbread topped with pizza sauce, cheese and döner meat. Customers can choose which meat, toppings and sauces they want to pile onto homemade bread or a durum wrap.
“We were a pretty immediate hit in Baltimore,” said Politsch. “There are a lot of people familiar with döner, but it just doesn’t exist in America. It’s an untapped market and it’s something that people reminisce about.”
While Politsch said he and Banks are “excited” for their new venture, they just want to pay homage to the dish that made their Germany trip so memorable.
“Our goal is to keep it very authentic and traditional,” said Politsch.