Worried about where to scratch your winter lunch itch when popular Rockland food truck 'Wich, Please closes after tomorrow's service? Fear not, for food writer-turned-chef Malcolm Bedell is headed inside not to hibernate, but to serve lunch in a different setting — at Comida. The restaurants announced the collaboration via social media as well as press release, referring to the partnership as 'Wich, Please's "winter residency" at the Spanish-inspired restaurant (formerly known as Comida Latin Kitchen before its move from Camden). You'll even find 'Wich, Please serving dinner on Mondays as "India Night" continues.
Comida co-owner Lisa Laurita-Spanglet said of the arrangement, "We believe that sharing the resources we have, especially during the slower off-season, is a fun and innovative way to contribute to the success of both businesses." As for how the concept came about, Bedell told Eater, "The collaboration, while unusual, just made sense to both of us. For all intents and purposes, the space will function as ‘Wich, Please during the day, and Comida at night."
Bedell said to expect an expanded lunch menu with some dishes honoring the host: "We are rolling out a few new items that represent a nod to Comida, such as our Yucatecan-style cochinita pibil torta, served on bolillo rolls that are custom baked just for us."
'Wich, Please will serve lunch Tuesday to Sunday 11 to 2 p.m., with Comida resuming dinner service from 5 to 9 p.m. on those same days. On Monday evenings, look for an expansion of Bedell's "India Night," his take on classic Indian takeout with sit-down service, a full bar, and creative cocktail offerings.
Update, 10/6/15: Bangor Daily News reports that Bedell has listed the 'Wich, Please trailer on Craigslist for $13,500. According to the piece, Bedell "said if the truck sells, he wants to use the proceeds to open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. If not, he will return to Buoy Park with the truck next year."