Last fall, Bistro Truck tweeted that it was headed for a hiatus, sending its followers — both online and curbside — into a frenzy. Rumors about a brick-and-mortar location circulated, and recently truck owner Yassir Z. Raouli confirmed that they were, indeed, true.
Bistro Truck has signed the lease on 124 Ridge Street, on the Lower East Side. The restaurant offshoot will be called Rustic, a nod to what will be a hearty Moroccan-inspired menu. Opening day is scheduled for April 20.
“It will be a neighborhood restaurant serving Moroccan-influenced rustic dishes, like tripe stew, grilled lamb liver wrapped in crepinette, roasted whole lamb, sweetbreads, and more unique culinary craziness — basically, a nose-to-tail cooking style,” says Raouli.
The décor will also be rough-and-ready, with an industrial-chic edge and custom-made tables, chairs, and cabinets built from reclaimed New York City water-tower wood. Expect lunch and dinner service, plus delivery, and a wine and beer license. The space will initially house 19 indoor seats, with additional backyard seating coming on weekends in the warmer months.
So, what will become of the Bistro Truck proper? Not to worry: The truck will continue to operate at its regular spots five days per week. Check Raouli’s Twitter feed for exact times and locations.