Check out this new food truck in town

Brady Norman hands a customer food out the window of the Round Square truck at the corner of West Sumter Street and Trade Street in Shelby Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2023.
Brady Norman hands a customer food out the window of the Round Square truck at the corner of West Sumter Street and Trade Street in Shelby Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2023.

Shortly before 11 a.m. in the parking lot beside Jimmy John’s on Lafayette Street, the team of three does a tightly choreographed dance in the confined space of Round Square Food Truck as they prep for the lunch crowd.

Todd Yelton is at the grill, and the hiss of burgers hitting the hot surface precedes the mouthwatering aroma.

Wes Allen said he, Yelton and Brady Norman had all worked together in the restaurant business previously and decided to team up to open their own place.

The trio bought the food truck from T’s Tiny Farm, who recently moved into the Rail Trail Boardwalk, had it painted, picked a name and launched about four weeks ago.

“We all worked together in the restaurant business for almost a decade. I’ve been in it three decades, and we all work well together,” Allen said.

The truck serves smash burgers, sandwiches, tacos, sides and drinks.

Sides include grilled green beans and grilled corn and chips.

Allen said the focus is farm to truck with their beef, pork and other products locally sourced from farms in Bostic and Fallston.

The menu tapes on the outside of the Round Square truck at the corner of West Sumter Street and Trade Street in Shelby Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2023.
The menu tapes on the outside of the Round Square truck at the corner of West Sumter Street and Trade Street in Shelby Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2023.

One of their most popular items is the Rueben.

“Todd makes the best Rueben,” Allen said.

They’ve only been open a few weeks, but Allen said they’ve received positive feedback already.

“The feedback’s great,” he said. “People like the customer service, it’s personal. I’ve been in this town all my life. I’ve got a following that’s loyal.”

They currently serve lunch at a few locations around the county and also set up at some events.

“Our focus is our lunch crowd,” Allen said.

They also hope to cover all areas of the county eventually.

They are in Shelby a few days a week - at either the Food Lion near Cleveland Community College or beside Jimmy John’s - or in Lawndale on Main Street.

“We’re pretty much locked down five days a week,” Allen said. “But we’re looking at Boiling Springs. We're open to options of picking up and moving wherever people will support us.”

Allen said the team is enjoying running the business. Personally, he likes that they’re mobile and can move to different locations.

“You’re outside, you get to see new faces,” he said. “You’re not being locked down in a building where you feel imprisoned.”

He said he enjoys hunting down ingredients and talking to farmers, seeing how their animals are treated, and then creating a finished product.

He said all three of them are artistic and beyond the food art they create, they are all artists in other ways, including as musicians and drawing.

(L-R) Todd Yelton, Wes Allen and Brady Norman stand outside their Round Square truck at the corner of West Sumter Street and Trade Street in Shelby Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2023.
(L-R) Todd Yelton, Wes Allen and Brady Norman stand outside their Round Square truck at the corner of West Sumter Street and Trade Street in Shelby Friday morning, Oct. 27, 2023.

Allen said the name of the food truck arose out of all their different personalities and when they started bouncing around different names, they said it was like putting a square peg in a round hole.

He said their mission is simple.

“Spread good food all through the community,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

People can follow Round Square Food Truck on Facebook and Instagram. Allen said he posts their location each week, usually on Sunday.

This article originally appeared on The Shelby Star: Check out this new food truck in town