Locals pig out before Colorado Springs' Piglatin Food Truck temporarily closes

By Caroline Laganas Updated: July 18, 2017 at 11:25 am • Published: July 15, 2017 0
photo - Customers pick up their lunch Friday, July 14, 2017, from the Pig Latin food truck parked on Boulder Street in downtown Colorado Springs. The popular food truck, featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,"  will temporarily close on Aug. 1 due for truck repairs and personal matters. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Customers pick up their lunch Friday, July 14, 2017, from the Pig Latin food truck parked on Boulder Street in downtown Colorado Springs. The popular food truck, featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," will temporarily close on Aug. 1 due for truck repairs and personal matters. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Piglatin Food Truck, a popular Colorado Springs spot for hungry diners who don't need to speak pig Latin to savor its menu, announced on Facebook this week it will close temporarily Aug. 1 to allow its husband-and-wife owners to make vehicle repairs and deal with family matters. They haven't set a reopening date.

"Everyone else is more worried about it than we are," said Andres Velez, who owns and operates Piglatin with his wife, Patricia. "We really mean temporary."

Between selling their home, repairing the brakes on the 1994 truck and finding a new location to prepare and store their food, the Velezes have their own plate full.

"We have a lot to do and we want to do it all at the same time," Andres Velez said. "We're trying to get everything fixed."

And with a long list of to-dos, Velez said he and his wife don't want to commit to a reopening just yet.

"I don't want to give a specific time frame for false expectations," he said.

The food truck started in 2013 and, from its usual location along East Boulder Street, serves an all-pork street food menu with each item under $10.

The Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" featured two of Piglatin's dishes in 2015. Host Guy Fieri gobbled down the Piglatin Plate - citrus-garlic marinated pork, roasted jalapeño-habanero cilantro cream, rice, red beans and sweet plantains. He also tried the Stacked Arepa - a crispy corn patty with mozzarella, pineapple pulled pork, sautéed spinach, Sriracha and sweet plantains.

"People have been saying, 'We'll miss you,' and asking if we need any help," Velez said. "It's been real positive."

Andres Velez hands out a lunch order while Adrian Lamb, left, Shamus Milligan and Tricia Velez prepare other meals Friday, July 14, 2017, inside the Pig Latin food truck parked on Boulder Street in downtown Colorado Springs. The popular food truck, featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," will temporarily close on Aug. 1 due for truck repairs and personal matters. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)  

The food truck is extending its hours for customers to get their fix before the temporary closing. It normally serves from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but will stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

"The extended hours have been going well," Velez said. "It's been busier than before posting we're going to shut down."

First-timer Erica Agbayani took advantage of the extended hours on Friday afternoon.

"I thought I better try it before they close," Agbayani said. "It's amazing."

After seeing Piglatin on the Food Network, Agbayani said, she started to follow it on Facebook, where she read about the temporary shutdown.

Longtime customers pigged out before closing as well.

"We're all big fans and we're upset it's closing," said Dyan Meahl, a "fluent" Piglatin customer.

Meahl said she worked at Epicentral Coworking,, near the truck's East Boulder location, and said Piglatin has been the office's go-to place to eat.

"We probably come once a week," Meahl said as she waited for her order for seven people.

Even on her days off, Meahl said, she drove from her home in Fountain to fulfill her craving of her favorite menu item - the Island Tacos.

"I get them every time," she said with a smile.

For a temporary parting plate, Velez said, he planned to finally make a salty and sweet bacon flan - a frequent customer request.

"I'd been saying I'd make it for a long time," he said, "so we'll see how it goes."

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