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This Souped-Up Truck Serves Free Food With a Side of Social Services

Cooper Park residents Guillermo Nunez and Maria Albarado enjoying a free meal © Kasper van Laarhoven

A $340,000 “Angelmobile” has started cruising the streets of North Brooklyn, handing out free meals in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. The state-of-the-art food truck– funded in part by Norman Brodsky, the entrepreneur who drew ire from community activists when he held out on selling his valuable waterfront property for parkland— is more than just a mobile soup kitchen. Inside, it has an office space where a rotating array of neighborhood organizations can dole out social services.

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Prepare to Dive into The Deep End, an Eatery-Venue Where $15 Tacos are Banned

(Photo via Kickstarter)

(Photo via Kickstarter)

The owners of the Munchie Mobile (um, not the same one that belonged to the Workaholics crew…) have ditched their wheels for a former warehouse. The Deep End, as the two friends Jon Gneezy and Jorge Mdahuar are calling their burgers-and-beers-and-performance establishment, has a home inside Rockwall Studios, a massive warehouse of nearly 57,000 square feet that’s been converted into upscale artist studios along the Bushwick-Ridgewood border (they boast a “famous heavy metal band” as one of their tenants). The guys already had somewhat of a cult following. Serious Eats defied everyone’s expectations and described the Munchie Mobile, which Jon and Jorge have taken off the road, as a “stoner food Mecca” with “outlandish burgers,” while the food truck’s Twitter followers have implored them to bring back their deep fried fare.

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