Did the Smoke Truck Get Snuffed Out?

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On hiatus, or out of commission? Photo: Collin Keefe

What in the name of hickory-smoked brisket happened to the Smoke Truck? The once promising mobile barbecue operation that Wishing Well owner Chris Martino and former Bebes BBQ/Fergies pit dude Mark Coates launched late in 2011 seemed poised for world domination after scoring some righteous ink in Food & Wine, which included the truck on of its Best New BBQ last year, and then went on to take top honors at 2012 Vendy Awards. The rigs been rather idle of late. Grubs noticed that is hasnt budged from its parking space in front of Wishing Well in months perhaps its three flat tires have something to do with that and its been an eternity since weve noticed the fragrant aroma of smoke and meat on the winds wafting down Ninth Street.

Last fall, Eater reported that Coates moved back to his native Mississippi, presumably leaving the truck to partner Martino. We reached out to Coates, but did not get a response. A call to Martino and the Wishing Well to find out the trucks status was never returned. Were guessing its either on a lengthy hiatus, or its been snuffed out all together. Well keep you posted of any updates.