Stan Tankursley is up and running again. He is known in Williamsburg for the American-style breakfast burritos he peddled from Stan’s Cafecito, a shack he operated on Havemeyer that closed last year. Now, after months of searching, Tankursley has found a ’72 Ford food truck outfitted with a Mercedes diesel engine. He drove it up here from Miami and parked it at 449 Hewes Street, where he’s serving a straightforward menu of tacos ($4), quesadillas ($7), burritos ($9), and sliders ($4). He’s calling his new project Lot 449.
Tankursley shares the lot with Get Up and Ride, a Brooklyn bike tour company that operates out of a shipping container. He has transformed the yard into a tidy, open-air space that attracts parties with benches, wooden pallets, and tires turned into herb planters. The train rumbles overhead.
Tankursley has plans to open a window to sell to the late-night bar crowd; for now, the truck is open for business from 9 a.m. until early evening. He ships out his burritos wholesale to some local coffee shops. The flour tortillas are filled with egg and cheese plus chorizo, steak, chicken, or sometimes shrimp and fish. When asked if the burritos contain anything beyond the stated ingredients, Tankursley replies, “You mean like beans and rice?” He shakes his head. “No, no filler.”
Scarlett Lindeman is a Brooklyn-based writer covering the city’s best taquerias, fondas, and cantinas. She writes the ¡Oye! Comida column for Fork in the Road.