Last week, José Andrés first revealed that he's been keeping a secret food truck named Pepe right here in Washington and has been quietly running tests. At the time, it wasn't quite clear what connection that truck had to the one he previously announced he was launching in Miami. But now, the Spanish chef confirms to Eater that not only is this truck a totally separate thing, but also that it will launch first — perhaps as soon as late-February, though the date is still to be determined.
The truck will be running only in the District proper and only at lunchtime. And, given its name and the chef behind it, Pepe is going to be rolling with a Spanish-influenced menu. Though the menu details haven't yet been set in stone, Andrés tells Eater:
"We're going to do sandwiches, the sandwiches I grew up with. Nothing fancy, nothing big. You will find Iberico meat, you will find Iberico ham, you will find a goat cheese sandwich."
The sandwiches — called flautas — will consist primarily of five or six rotating options. There will also be soups, a gin & tonic minus the gin and non-alcoholic sangria. For dessert there'll be ice cream flautas.
By the time it launches, Pepe will definitely have a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. Also, ThinkFoodGroup is now hiring for the thing, so any aspiring food truck chefs might want to think about polishing up those resumes.
Stay tuned for more from Andrés on Pepe and Washington's food truck regulations on Monday.