Louisville food truck owner opens brick-and-mortar restaurant, overcoming adversity

Louisville food truck owner opens brick-and-mortar restaurant, overcoming adversity
The restaurant was set to open last spring, but that was delayed.
The restaurant was set to open last spring, but that was delayed. (Source: WAVE)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A popular Louisville food truck is now serving up meals from a brick and mortar restaurant.

La Chandeleur would not have been able to open in Beechmont, without the owners' determination to keep pushing as challenges arose.

On day one, tables and chairs were never part of the plan, but life changed for owner Kyle Thomas.

“The plan was never to go brick and mortar,” Thomas said. “We just outgrew the food truck, and we didn’t have a choice. We either expanded or stopped growing.”

Thomas got to work, originally aiming to open last spring. Things got tough before they could open their doors.

“We’ve had so many struggles getting to this point,” Thomas said. “Lots of growing pains for sure. We had a break-in-and-a-half.”

One thief broke into the restaurant stealing $4,000 worth of equipment last March. Thomas said another tried to break in, but got scared off by an alarm.

In addition to that, the world got turned upside down by a global pandemic it’s yet to see relent. That paused the construction of the restaurant.

Thomas opened his doors last Sunday in spite of it all.

It’s a dream come true that Thomas initially never had, but fought hard for when it came into view.

“It’s so surreal,” he said. “I’ve been spending six days a week for the last year and a half constructing this place. So, finally, seeing people walk in and order food. It’s really cool. It’s great.”

The food truck will still be in operation. Thomas said he plans to continue expanding in the future.

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