Farmington residents Carli and Joshua Mansfield have worked side by side for seven years inside their food truck, The Rolling Stoves.
On Monday, they’ll open the doors of a brick-and-mortar restaurant of the same name, not far from their home in the Meadows subdivision. The Rolling Stoves at 20780 Farmington Road will serve up a menu similar to that of the food truck, with a few additions.
“We wanted a smaller menu and to do each item really well,” Carli Mansfield said.
The couple had the same philosophy with their food truck. “We played around with different menus and landed on burgers. When we catered a party, people were saying, ‘This is the best burger I ever had.’.”
The secret, Mansfield said, is layering flavors: Seasoned meat is seared in butter, buns are toasted, and toppings are fresh. “It’s a quarter-pound burger, but still fills you up.”
The original menu of burgers (including the popular Peanut Butter Burger), garlic fries, beer-battered onion rings, and fried pickles will now include chicken strips, a couple of salads, a gluten-free bun, and a children’s menu featuring the strips, a burger, and grilled cheese.
“The set-up in the kitchen will be the same exact set-up as the truck,” Mansfield said. “We figured out a system that is fast and efficient, and it’s easy to teach people.”
Both of the Mansfields have culinary backgrounds; they’ve known each other since middle school and dated after college. They’re now the parents of three children, ages 4, 3, and 1.
“We loved the food truck life, but we’re ready for a restaurant,” Mansfield said. “We’re really excited to be here. We love Farmington very much, and we know we’re supposed to be here.”
The Rolling Stoves opens at 11 a.m. on September 23. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be scheduled in October.
And what happens to the food truck? The Mansfields will continue using it to cater parties and special events.