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.