Owners pull the plug on PORC truck

December 6, 2013

In early October, Josh Saltzman and Trent Allen pulled their PORC truck off the streets after assessing just how hard the government shutdown was hitting the food truck industry. The barbecue vendor hasn't been seen in the District since.

Saltzman, left, and Allen have given up their life on the road. (James M. Thresher/The Washington Post)
Saltzman, left, and Allen have given up their life on the road. (James M. Thresher/The Washington Post)

Today, Saltzman confirmed the obvious: PORC is toast.

"I love that truck but at the same time, it’s a pain in the butt," says Saltzman, who launched PORC in January 2011. "It’s definitely not a decision we liked making.”

The truck was the odd business out for Saltzman and Allen, who are partners in the Kangaroo Boxing Club bricks-and-mortar spinoff, which is preparing for a major expansion next year. In February or March, the barbecue joint on 11th Street NW will begin construction to add a rooftop deck and covered second-floor dining room, more than doubling its current indoor seating capacity of 40. Saltzman expects KBC to shut down briefly during construction.

But Saltzman also has his hands full with the forthcoming Ivy and Coney on Seventh Street NW, where the Chicago transplant will serve up beer, hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, all with a Detroit or Windy City bent. Saltzman hopes to open Ivy and Coney "very soon," which could mean any time between "now and next May."

If that weren't enough, Saltzman says he and Allen have even more projects in the works, though he's not yet ready to talk about them publicly.

All of which is to say the guys behind PORC no longer have time for their first child, the food truck that "got us to where we are now," Saltzman says. The owners have helped the three PORC employees find new jobs, and now they're looking to sell the former U.S. Postal Service truck online.

"We want to make sure that it’s going to a good home," Saltzman says. "Hopefully, we can help whoever buys it get started and make sure they have success as well.”

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires ingesting more calories than a draft horse.
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