As the weather continues to warm up, the return appearance of some of our favorite food trucks and trailers from seasons past is as sure a sign that summer is about to begin and that lakers will suddenly start dominating our roadways.
Among those food vendors reopening is Curbside, owned by Gabe and Kammi Rager, which will again be located at the Old Train Depot in downtown Warsaw, located one block south of the corner of Market and Lake Streets.
Described by Gabe in its previous incarnation as “this hideously yellow looking concession trailer” that sat in his yard for a year because he couldn’t see himself selling food out of it, the pop-up camper turned concession stand went through yet another rebirth. The hideous yellow thing sitting in his yard was gutted to the frame and rebuilt in a manner that better suited the Ragers’ style. Adding suitable color, a tasteful shade of green, a metal roof, weathered timber and various accouterments, the Ragers’ latest version took on a rustic beach-like shack appearance more at home along the Pacific Coast Highway than a traveling circus. Creating a menu based on inspiration from Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain and honed by his previous experience working at Noa Noa and Cerulean, Curbside was born.
Specializing in flatbread dishes, Curbside’s moderately priced menu items, mostly made from scratch, have become a local favorite as evidenced by the long lines that usually await customers. Have no fear, though, because the lines move quickly and the food is well worth it.
“[It’s] pretty simple food that is prepared with love,” said Gabe. It’s made by people who “do what we do because that’s who we are,” he continued. “We want to sell a good product so people come back.”
While Curbside will be in downtown Warsaw from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday through the season, you’re likely to find them in the surrounding area working on the weekends at one of the numerous summer festivals. When they aren’t working the festival circuit, Curbside is available for private parties and other public events.
For those of you seeking out more of Gabe’s creations, but who can’t make it to Warsaw during the business day lunch period, you’ll be able to find him after the summer season is over at the soon-to-be-open Rua in downtown Warsaw, where his friends, Andrew Holladay and Andrew Jones, are set to debut their restaurant mid-summer.
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