While downtown Charleston waits for Bill Murray and partners to open The Container Bar, featuring parking spots for at least five food trucks, North Charleston is already enjoying the area’s first food truck hub.
John Holmes recently opened Johnny’s Food Truck Alley on a lot leased from the adjoining St. Paul AME Church at 6925 Rivers Ave. Thus far, Holmes’ own Johnny’s Homemade Biscuits and Speedy Tacos are the only trucks on the property, but Holmes says Greekin’ Out, Jonny Poppers and a seafood specialist are scheduled to soon join the semi-permanent lineup.
“I don’t like the hustle and bustle of trying to find a place to go,” says Holmes, who got into the mobile biscuit business after ending an 11-year career with Hardee’s as a district manager. “We’ll only leave for an event.”
Right now, Holmes is relying on a “temporary, rinky-dink sign” to draw passers-by into the court, but he’s planning to install lighting next week, with music to follow shortly thereafter.
“Then everyone will know about it,” he says. “We don’t have that much money, so we have to do it slowly."
Holmes predicts business will also pick up once Trident Tech students return from summer break, since the school’s main campus is directly across the street. That audience is likely to be especially receptive to Holmes’ sweet biscuit bites: The fried and sugared rounds of biscuit dough are clearly the product of a practiced fast-food mind.
Until Holmes read about The Container Bar in The Post and Courier, he thought he was the only local entrepreneur trying to make life easier for food truckers by providing hooked-up spots at which customers can always find them.
“I said, ‘My God, that’s what we’re trying to do!’” Holmes says. “But Bill Murray’s a star, so he’s got money.”
Johnny’s Food Truck Alley is open weekdays from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., although Holmes warns hours are subject to change based on customer traffic.