For high school friends Sam Williams and J.J. Frosk, bacon was where it all began. Co-owners of the Bacon Truck, the duo launched the mobile eatery and occasional pop-up in 2013, hoping that bacon would always be the focus of their food endeavors. Now Williams and Frosk are bringing their venture to Charlestown as they prepare to open their first brick-and-mortar location, the Bacon Truck Cafe, on Feb. 24.
“Charlestown is kind of lacking a fast-casual experience,” Williams says. “There’s some great new restaurants that are definitely on the higher end of things, but we’re trying to bring a concept to the area that’s super-casual for people who just want to grab a breakfast sandwich and an iced coffee, but made with really quality ingredients.”
Monday through Saturday, the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch alongside hot coffee and cold brew from Fazenda. The menu will feature a build-your-own breakfast sandwich, along with specialty items like the Waker Upper, made with bacon-scallion cream cheese, crispy salmon bacon, tomato, pickled red onion and avocado served on an Iggy’s everything bagel. One lunch option includes a housemade burger with a bacon and brisket patty, American cheese, special sauce and house pickles on a Martin’s potato roll. And available at all times will be a longstanding Bacon Truck favorite: the deep-fried bacon mac-and-cheese bites.
Located in the spot formerly occupied by the short-lived Prescott, the cafe has an industrial vibe with high ceilings and modern light fixtures. There’s seating for 19 inside and a patio that accommodates up to 20 people with a view of the Bunker Hill Monument and the Tobin Bridge. The new location also includes sufficient loading space that will allow the pair to continue operating the food truck in conjunction with the cafe.
“The inside is going to look like nothing else in Boston,” Frosk says. “We’re bringing design elements from the truck, and we’re incorporating those into the brick and mortar. It’s going to be—we hope—one of the most unique spaces in the city.” ◆
The Bacon Truck Cafe 50 Terminal St., Boston bostonbacontruck.com