The buzz began to build almost 7 months ago, but now, Coke & Rice is finally open. The food truck will be parked in the historical Jay Lot, right behind the Office Depot, where there was previously an alligator farm before it burned down.
Coke & Rice is the brainchild of Melvin Zacks, who many remember as the kid in high school who peed in a bucket and threw it at the lacrosse team. In the ensuing 7 years since that incident, Zaks had been enrolled in a culinary program offered by the Friends & Birds Institute of Progress, which locals call “the looney bin that takes in fucked up kids”. Once Zaks completed his courses (and finally refrained from making sexual advances on his instructor) Zaks was offered the opportunity of a lifetime.
“My Dad gave me this old truck with a stove and grill in it, so I guess that’s cool. He said he’d help me run a business and I said awesome and then I told him not to be such a dork. Then he asked me what I want to cook and I just kinda jokingly said Coke and rice and then he said, That’s a great idea son. I love you so much blah blah blah”
“The food truck is a great opportunity for him to learn responsibility while doing what he loves to do–drink lots of soda and force people to eat rice that he just made.”
Coke & Rice will serve rice, made exclusively by Zaks, and offer a variety of Coke including Classic and Diet, among others. The menu looks to expand in the future to include other items, but as of now, Zaks says serving Coke and rice was the first thing he could think of, so that’s all for now.
“We are so, so proud of Anthony and all the progress he’s made,” commented Melvin’s father who asked to remain anonymous. “We believe this food truck is a great opportunity for him to learn responsibility while doing what he loves to do–drink lots of soda and force people to eat rice that he just made. He makes really good rice.”
Coke & Rice is now open in the Jay Lot, exit 22 off the expressway. Hours vary depending on when Zaks feels like showing up.
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