The popular storefront of the local food truck Dumps Like A Truck is set to move locations in early 2020. They are currently located on North Donahue Drive beside Goal Post and Insomnia and are relocating to downtown Auburn.
Whitley Dykes, the owner of Dumps Like a Truck and Irritable Bao, said he hope to relocate in January. Because the architecture of the store has to be redone to fit a resturaunt, it could be as late as April.
The location that Dumps Like A Truck will be in is what used to be the men’s clothing store called The Locker Room.
“When this space opened in downtown Auburn, we felt like it was a gift from God,” Dykes said.
Dumps Like A Truck has been in their current location for one year. Within this time, the business quickly outgrew their space, he said.
“A bigger space will allow me to be more connected with my customers,” Dykes said. “Here, I have to be behind the counter. In the new space, I will be able to fellowship with my customers better.”
This new location will foster around 30 seats, inviting customers to linger and enjoy their food. Dykes also said that he wants students to feel like they can come to study in this new location as well.
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Because Dykes vision for this business has always been “very community driven,” he said this new location will better suit the open and welcoming environment that this unique restaurant has always wanted to attain.
A bigger space will also allow the business to expand its hours.
“We are getting more help and a system is in place to make lines move faster,” he said. “As our team grows, we can make more food, and the hours will increase. We want to be open for dinner and even later for late night dumplings.”
Dykes said that though the location of the storefront will be different, the vision doesn’t change.
“We just want to spread the word about the need of others in the global community,” he said. “It’s not about the money for us. The more we make, the more we can give. We put all of our heart into giving to others.”
There is also a possibility for opening new locations in the future.
“We would have the same game plan and have people to work that would also want to engage with the community,” Dykes said. “For a new location to come to fruition, a team of leaders with the same goal of giving back to others would be required.”
Just as it is now, in addition to the permanent location, the food truck will still be running and open around the Auburn area.
Some people in the Auburn community expect this new downtown location to be a hit. Virginia McCoy, a sophomore interior design student, is a regular at Dumps Like a Truck.
“I definitely think Dumps Like a Truck will do really well in their new location,” McCoy said. “I know they are quickly outgrowing their current space, and I think their new location will better accommodate the thousands of customers who stop by each week. It will be the perfect addition to downtown.”
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