Food truck Cuban Gypsy Pantry hit the Charleston scene last November and has since been a fixture on Upper King. Now the menu from chef Will Vivas will get a permanent home at 141 Calhoun St. Venezuela food truck Avila previously held the address but shuttered suddenly, citing unforeseen complications for its sudden closure.
Vivas was born in Cuba and raised in Venezuela, so he’s bringing a bit of the same flavor as the previous tenant, but with the larger focus of Cuban staples. The current food truck menu lists lomo saltado, ropa vieja, a Cuban sandwich, empanadas, a rice and pernil bowl, and more.
Vivas tells Holy City Sinner that the Calhoun location of Cuban Gypsy Pantry will open mid-July. He also says that the restaurant will be able to offer more “upscale” dinner options that weren’t available on the truck, in addition to beer and wine. The truck will continue to run after the opening of the brick-and-mortar space.