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Truck Brings New Mexican Fare to Bedford

The highly anticipated opening of Nancy Roper's 'Truck' on Old Post Road in Bedford is slated for late August.

Nancy Roper will continue to draw upon her roots in New Mexico when Truck, her newest culinary venture, opens in Bedford later this month.

The location is 391 Old Post Road, at the , which stood for 30 years before closing in 2011.

This will be the owner-chef's second establishment in the area—Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich also features the authentic fare Roper remembers from her childhood, according to Gabriel Moroianu, Truck's general manager, who was on-site this week interviewing potential staff.

When asked to describe the menu, he said it was farm-to-table.

"It's organic, it's all-natural, it's sourced from Hudson Valley and Connecticut farms. It reflects Nancy's upbringing in Northern New Mexico," he said.

It's also inspired by "down-home cooking traditions," and influenced by "Cowboy, Native American and Mexican cultures," according to promotional materials from the restaurant, which is tentatively slated for a soft opening on Aug. 27.

Moroianu explained that produce, dairy and protein would be sourced from local farms from across the region. Tacos, enchiladas and salads will be made with grass-fed beef, sustainably raised pork and local vegetables.

The drinks menu will feature craft beers on tap, wine and classic margaritas.

Why the name Truck?

"Route 22 used to be one of the busiest traffic arteries in the state of New York before the highways were developed," he said of the 340 mile route, which stretches from the Canadian border to New York City. "In fact, this location used to be a truck stop."

Moroianu also explained the name reflected their respect for and relationships with farmers, and represented the fresh food deliveries trucked to the restaurant.

The interior design has a rustic feel and features salvaged wood paneling and antique wallpaper, conveying a casual atmosphere suitable for couples, friends and families. Notable decor includes a front counter originally belonging to the Roebling family, builders of the Brooklyn Bridge, and a Texas Longhorn skull, hand-selected in Waco, TX, by Longhorn preservationist Frank Sharp, according to the restaurant's website.

Truck is located at 391 Old Post Road in Bedford. The phone number is 914-234-8900. The hours of operation were not immediately available.

I.VALLONE August 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
On our next visit to the Bedford area we will definitely visit the 'TRUCK' restaurant. We now live in the Southwest (Tex) and enjoy foods from the different southwest states. I have fond memories of the Bedford area and driving on Route 22 as a youngster. Hope the locals support this new venture and enjoy the fresh foods supplied by local area farmers.
Betty Wald August 17, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Will definitely be there when it opens. We've been watching and waiting as they've been renovating. Good news! betty & Arnold Wald
10506er August 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Route 22 USED to be one of the busiest? It still is. Try it any morning or 5pm on Fridays!! I hope their food is better than the name of the restaurant. I mean, who is going to know the history and how could one POSSIBLY even know it's a restaurant by its name? I also must ask: The street sign has a registered trademark after the word Truck. How can one register such a word? Wishing them much luck, despite the odd name.
phyllis sattler August 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The name turns me off-in fact I thought the article was about a food truck. I've grown so disappointed in local food establishments,between the poor food and ridiculous prices,I doubt I'll bug Pete to take me here. Sorry.
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