COVID-19 impacting food truck business in Baltimore

Posted at 11:22 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 23:23:02-04

BALTIMORE — Since its opening in 2015, Homemaid has been a staple in Federal Hill.

It's a traditional restaurant, dining - the centerpiece of the business.

But the Governor's mandate to close the most profitable part of it has forced this business owner, like many others to make tough decisions to get by.

“We had to lay off about 70 percent of the staff," said Derrick Faulcon. “I’m worried about those people because of the bills...they have families.”

The virus is also impacting another part of Faulcon’s business, his food truck, which will be parked for the next couple of weeks because of the lack of customers.

"When you look in the city, it's just deserted," he said.

But, Homemaid like others in the charm city is persevering, shifting to carryout, pickup and curbside delivery.

It's also opening an additional day on Friday, debuting a dinner pop-up called the "Supper Club"

“It will do a lot for us as a brand. It will help us minimize our labor, help us minimize our food cost,” he explained.

Customers can order dinner at the beginning of the week and pick up their food on Friday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“As opposed to putting ourselves in a situation where we prep a lot of food and hope people come, we make exactly what people order so now there’s no waste,“ Faulcon said.

These are changes he didn’t expect to make, but says he’s prepared to weather the storm.

“The coronavirus will come and go but my spirit has to remain," Faulcon said.