When Steve Valenta started rolling around town in The Mighty Bowl food truck, he didn’t intend to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
“When we started, we were just having fun having a food truck,” said Valenta, The Mighty Bowl’s owner. “As we grew, hiring on staff, it dawned on me one day that we are supporting families here. So, it went from we are just having fun to this is serious. Now, what is a sustainable (business) model?”
Valenta eventually concluded that a hybrid model with a brick-and-mortar operation and a food truck would hit a “sweet spot.”
A year ago, The Mighty Bowl took over the Palace Restaurant, opening a kitchen with a takeout window. That recently closed, though, as Valenta opened a restaurant.
Through all of that growth and change, The Mighty Bowl has never wavered on something it set out to do in the beginning — serving real food.