Local Business Shifts From Food Service To Food Truck Service Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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To maintain the growth of the business, the owners of “Room à table” turned to the catering truck service.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The past year has been an interesting one for people in the restaurant industry to say the least.

From the lack of indoor restaurants to canceled events, a lot of changes had to happen in order for people to make ends meet.

“With COVID, we started flipping burgers and it worked really well,” said Paul Sapyta, owner of Room at the Table Catering & Bakery.

If you ask Sapyta, there is always room for everyone at the table.

“We just love giving back to the community in this way and being able to help,” Sapyta said.

Over the past year, giving up was not an option for Sapyta and her business partner. They have turned the wheel of catering to the center of catering truck service in communities across the twin ports.

“If you have a food truck, you decide when you open it, decide how much food you have. If you have a restaurant, you have to have milk and salad and hope people show up, ”Sapyta said.

Now success is the name of the game.

“It gives us freedom and allows us to be creative,” Sapyta said.

Room at the Table was recently licensed to sell this summer in Duluth. From burgers to bowls of rice, and so much more, there’s something on the menu that will appeal to everyone.

“We always wanted to include everyone in this. We’ll always have gluten-free options, vegetarian options, ”Sapyta said.

Sapyta says one of the biggest challenges he’s faced over the past year is the weather, not the lack of customers.

“The trailer was built in Tennessee so it wasn’t winterized for everything we needed,” Sapyta said.

Fortunately, the food truck has already been purchased, serving as a delivery method for large-scale events.

“It was always a secondary thing to complete the restoration or to facilitate the restoration, then when COVID hit and no one could get inside, people still needed food and we had to pay rent,” he said. Sapyta said.

With summer on the horizon, this chef and his team are up to the challenge of nurturing friendly customers and looking forward to what happens next.

“You can always follow us on Facebook, we are currently working on the website,” Sapyta said.

Room at the Table currently sells burgers every Friday night from four to seven in the Cloquet VFW parking lot.

They also love to partner with organizations to organize fundraisers.

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