Yumbii kickstarted an entire local industry as Atlanta’s very first food truck. Now, Yumbii has come full circle and is opening its first brick-and-mortar outpost.
You’ve seen them around: Atlanta Food Truck Park on weekends, Food Truck Tuesdays in Buckhead, Colony Square on Wednesdays – the list goes on. One thing this clear: Atlantans can’t get enough food truck fare.“I noticed the need for good, quick food when I was working a full-time job in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood,” says Carson Young, Buckhead native and founder of Yumbii, Atlanta’s first food truck. During a trip to Los Angeles, Young experienced the newfound food truck craze first hand and returned to the East Coast with a new goal: to kick-start the movement back home in Atlanta. “I had a feeling that residents would welcome the idea,” he explains. “It clicked that this was something I wanted to help pioneer.”
Yumbii debuted in 2010, dishing out unique Asian-and Mexican-inspired flavors, including favorites like sesame fries with sriracha cheese dip and chipotle ketchup, and Asian rib-eye beef tacos. Yumbii quickly garnered a cult-like following and now operates two food trucks in addition to its new Super Food Truck—the first of its kind on the East Coast. The customized eco-friendly truck, which hit the streets in spring, runs on diesel fuel, is low emission and is clean-idle certified, courtesy of state-of-the-art technology that converts exhaust into harmless nitrogen gas and water vapor.
So, after skyrocketing to success, what’s next for the entrepreneur? “We’ve been thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Yumbii over the last six years, and opening a brick-and-mortar has been a goal for a while,” explains Young of his newest venture, Yumbii Taco Shop, which bows this fall. The 1,440-square-foot Buckhead space will feature a bright, modern design; sleek, simple counter service for takeout; ample seating for dining in; and, of course, the stellar bites we know and love. In addition to menu-favorites, Yumbii Taco Shop will showcase newcomers like breakfast tacos, salads, Mexican-style street corn and rice bowls“On the trucks, we’re known for providing great takeout,” says Young. “And with our first brick-and-mortar spot, we’re excited to expand upon that by offering a destination in Buckhead for quick, fresh, tasty food,” he adds. While we anxiously await the grand opening of Yumbii Taco Shops, one thing is certain: Whether on wheels or cemented to the posh streets of Buckhead, we can’t get enough.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Yumbii | 1927 Peachthree Road NE, 404.285.0357, yumbii.com