With another opportunity to flex his creative and cooking skills, Jason Beachum is back in the business – the food truck business, to be exact.
Today at 11 a.m., he’ll open Beachum’s Food Truck at 1111 S. Adams St. in Fulton, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“It feels great to be back in the food truck game,” he said. “I left Tupelo almost two years ago after only being open for a few months selling brick oven pizzas and ice cream. We left on a promise of what we thought would be an extraordinary opportunity to expand our business, and spent a year planning and designing our concept for a brick-and-mortar restaurant for a new hotel development in Cleveland, Mississippi.”
But things didn’t work out as planned for Beachum and business partner Becky Verner. Nine months into reaching that brick-and-mortar dream, Beachum said the principal investor decided to partner with Trump Hotels Inc., “basically rendering our agreement in the process.”
“It became too much of a gamble once their team got involved so we decided to move back to Tupelo,” he said.
Beachum said he seriously considered selling the truck and getting a “normal” job but ultimately realized that it was a “calling to own a food truck, and I still had too many ideas and hopes for it to quit on it. Ideally I would have liked to been able to open sooner, but I can admit that after Cleveland, I was reluctant to having anything to do with the food business.”
Beachum said it broke his heart to leave a year’s worth of plans and hope behind after the Cleveland deal fell through.
After taking some time to evaluate his future, Beachum decided he was ready to jump into the fire again.
“We are going to be serving Fulton with some of our finest fare,” he said. “We’ve expanded our menu to include more than pizzas, which are now more personal sized and cost less than what we used to charge.”
He’s also added to the menu cheese steaks made with homemade bread. And using prime quality beef, he’s added “bligs,” which are pizza dough stuffed with meats sauces and cheeses that are then roasted in their brick oven.
“We are also introducing a breakfast menu that features breakfast platters, biscuits and pancakes,” he said. “Dinner will be a revolving menu of meat and side options, like a lunch plate. On special nights we will have a steak and fish menu and are always thinking about what to serve.”
Beachum added, “The main focus for us in Fulton is options. There aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to lunch or dinner here, its mostly burgers and BBQ. So we looked at that and we thought that we had a great opportunity here to do business. We love Fulton, I’m invested in our community from cub scouts to volunteering at the elementary school; our family, including my son, lives here and we’re hoping to be able to serve Fulton as long as they will support us.
“We love Tupelo as well, which is why we will travel there occasionally once we establish our schedule here. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they miss our pizza and ice cream so we don’t want the distance to get in the way of that.”
Beachum’s Food Truck will be open six days a week, weather permitting, and starting next week it will be open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner will be served Thursday-Saturday.
“I want people to know that while we are a food truck, we have the spirit of a diner and its not all going to be carnival food or temporary,” Beachum said.