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Gourmet burger truck pulls into town

November 6, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Patty Matters
Patty Matters is a gourmet burger food truck that serves five types of patties: beef, pork, turkey, fish and veggie. Photo via

A new food truck is driving around Grand Rapids.

Patty Matters, a gourmet burger food truck, opened last month at Trail Point Brewing Co. in Allendale, but will often make the Grand Rapids Art Museum its home this winter.

Patty Matters will also set up shop at festivals, fairs, farmers markets and breweries and for private parties and catering.

Menu items

Patty Matters will serve a variety of burgers with different topping combinations.

There will be five patties options: beef, pork, turkey, fish and veggie.

Toppings will come on a rotating basis, such as the Appetizer Special, with spinach and artichoke dip, provolone and tomato.

Examples of signature burgers at Patty Matters include The Greek Burger, with feta cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, banana peppers and cucumber sauce on pita bread, and the Michigan Hunter, with venison patty, goat cheese, lettuce, onion and cherry compote.

Road to opening

Patty Matters is owned by Lauren D’Angelo and Mindy D’Angelo.

“We wanted to do something different, and we wanted to serve good restaurant-quality food,” Lauren D’Angelo said.

Lauren D’Angelo had desired to open a restaurant after more than 15 years of food service experience, but the lower startup cost of a food truck was a tantalizing option.

With a $50,000 loan from the Opportunity Resource Fund in Lansing and $10,000 from Mindy D’Angelo, the pair were able to start up the business.

The truck was found on Craigslist for $5,000, and the pair invested much more than originally planned to have a full commercial kitchen installed in the truck.

The pair have planned the truck-based business for about three years, including taking business classes at Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and writing their business plan.

It took a year to find a loan and another six months for the truck’s build out, according to Lauren D’Angelo. 

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