End of an (Food Truck) Era – Fojol Bros. Closing this Spring

Photo by PoPville flickr user Dave Kleinschmidt

Not a lot of detail but earlier today @fojolbros tweeted:

“fojol will be closing its doors this Spring. A long journey since January 20th, 2009, the traveling culinary carnival takes a breather.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user jsmjr

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  • Does anyone know if the Fojol Bros folks are the folks associated with the “Elastic Highways” buses at the corner of Florida and R? I thought I had heard something about that, but am not seeing any info online and every time I walk past the buses I am not seeing much going on, although something always seems to have moved. Just curious if anyone knows the scoop.

    • I see their truck parked there so I assume they are connected.

    • I was about to comment on that. They had the opportunity to make a killing with that service in Bloomingdale but failed miserably. You never know when or if they would be there, no information on the website about it, or how it worked or anything, request for info to them by our neighbors were not answered. Seemed silly to set yourself out to fail, if you can’t make a food business in Bloomingdale work right now you just can’t make it anywhere.

      • I can’t say I’m surprised. They showed up an hour late to an event and instead of apologizing — or even just setting up quickly and getting their sales going — they complained about parking and gave me some crazy talk about having to wait even longer because “you can’t rush the magic.”

        • houseintherear

          Sorry to say those guys are jerks. They were parked near that temp flea market off Florida/Vermont, and were yelling terrible things to women who passed by… amazingly bad business decision, to say the least. Good riddance.

      • I talked to them several weeks ago while they were parked at the buses and they said the plan was to get going this summer, so I’m not sure why you are deeming this venture a failure already.

  • I wonder if they’ll regret the matching Fojol tattoos they all got?

  • Best of luck to Larry and Noah Fojol, on their long journey back to Merlindia.

  • Nooooooooo!! Merlinda was my favorite food truck. Really sad to see them go 🙁

  • I love Fojol Bros! You guys will be missed. You were always a breath of fresh air from all the cookie cutter pretentious DC rat race square face absolute bores out there. Thank you for always being cool. It’s true, you can’t rush the magic. Cheers to anything and everything you do in the future! Thank you!

  • The last several months have seen the unfortunate departure of numerous fine food trucks, such as Cirque Cuisine, PORC, and Rolling Ficelle. I would not include the Fojols on this list. True, they deserve credit for convincing locals to buy meals from a food truck (which helps explain their attractive truck and their costumes and shticks.) Once people became accustomed to purchasing meals from trucks, however, the focus shifted to food quality and value. There the Fojols fell short. The one time I tried the Indian truck, the food was mediocre; the Thai truck has the dubious distinction of being the second worst of the over 45 DC food trucks I have patronized in the last four years. I hope their lottery spots go to a more worthy operator.

    • Wonder how much of this had to do with the terrible food truck regs from the DC council? Don’t know about Fojol, but some of the other trucks were good and had a strong following. Thanks DC Council, you did exactly what the restaurant industry lobbied you to do…this is why organizations lobby. …

  • The top photo in this thread would have made a great “Caption of the Day” contest entry:

    “Seriously, I am sure I saw your dog Muttley, that sniveling hound, take off in that direction.”

  • I, for one, will be very glad to see their racist schtick and bad food gone.

  • I had a conversation with one of their trucks a few weeks ago. Some serious sour grapes: “we were sick of these uptight Washingtonians who just always complained anyway.”

    I say good riddance. Attitude-filled, quasi-racist. They deserve credit for helping to bring legitimacy to food trucks, but their food was both mediocre and expensive.

  • I agree, their schtick was tired and reeked of racism or at the very least cultural insensitivity. I am sure many of you didn’t mind it because you thought it was cute, original and funny. I will give them credit for being one of the first food trucks out there like that but that is where the credit stops in my opinion.

  • I’d miss it if it was a good experience. but that’s just not the case.

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