It’s been a long time coming, and this Friday you’ll be able to experience Dayton’s newest food truck, the Menehune Tiki Bus! Owner Danny Webb got into food trucks a few years ago, launching his Paranormal Concessions, featuring frozen drinks, smoothies and other treats from his Alien Infusions trailer. After learning the ropes and deciding he wanted to do more he began shopping for a food truck and came across a double-decker bus in Iowa.
And it got him thinking. At many truck rallies he watched folks walk a way with an armful of food with no place to sit and eat. What if he could use the upper level of this bus as a dining room for his customers. But what would he serve in this double-decker food truck? Friends suggested the obvious British theme, but a limited menu of shepherds pie and fish and chips just didn’t seem like it would work. Then Danny remembered about the Mythical Menehunes of Hawaii, often thought of as Polynesian leprechaun’s and this seemed to fit with his corporate paranormal identity and a concept was born.
As a frequent visitor to Hawaii in his work with the military and as an airline pilot, then fusion flavors of food found there served as an inspiration for the menu of Menehunes. The south pacific inspiration will include a menu of Deep Fried Mahi-Mahi & Chips, Mahi Fish Tacos, Kalua Pork Grilled Cheese, Moco-Loco, Musubi, Big Kahuna Burger, Menehune Sliders, Island Poutine, Spam Fries, Hawaiian Cubano Sliders, Mac Salad, King Kamehameha Coconut Shrimp, Huli-Huli Chicken, Teriyaki Beef & Rice to name just a few.
And guests will be able to enjoy their meal in air-conditioned comfort, as the upper deck of the bus has been transformed into tiki hut seating for 16 at booths, reupholstered in a Hawaiian floral by Danny’s wife Karen, and 10 stools at the counter.
The inaugural outing fo the double-decker food truck will be at Food Truck Fridays, in the Kmart parking lot across from the Greene on Indian Ripple Road from 5 pm – 9 pm. Then onward on Saturday the 28th to Eastwood Metro Park for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s Furry Scurry from 11 am – 5 pm
UPDATE- the tiki bus will not be at Furry Scurry.
From Menehune Tiki Bus’s Facebook Page: James & his crew from Custom Creations came out today & determined that we have a bad fryer. He & crew are driving to Columbus to get a replacement & will install it on Monday. Additionally, we have a power problem. Our generator can’t handle the load so we are adding a second one to share the load. Fortunately, I still have the Honda generator that came with the bus. They will have to re-wire some components to run on the additional generator. That should solve those issues. However, we just found out, because of todays temps, that the air conditioning can’t keep up with the sunlight heating up the upper deck. So, we are bumping & grinding installing curtains on 17 upstairs windows! That should help quite a bit. We still have the rest of tomorrow and Sunday to get ready for Tuesday. James & crew will have it on Monday. Wish us luck!
For a full calendar of upcoming stops for the Tiki Bus, visit their calendar on their website. We wish Menehune Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi (Hawaiian for good luck)!