On Feb. 8, the city issued a construction permit for Chancho King to build out its first physical brick-and-mortar space, located at 1120 Edgewood Ave S. The building will be 591 square feet with a $43,637 construction cost.
A grand-opening timeline has not yet been announced but is likely to be sometime later this year.
Chancho King has operated as a food truck in the Jacksonville area since 2019. Specializing in Ecuadorian-style food, the authentic menu offers fresh ceviche, pulled pork sandwiches, mushroom sandwiches, chorizo, and fried plantains.
The menu currently rotates its specials depending on availability, and often serves its food at pop-ups events at Vagabond Coffee, Aardwolf Brewery in San Marco, and at Riverside Arts Market.
Co-owners and husband-and-wife team Chason Spencer and Maria La Mota are behind the expansion. Both have prior restaurant experience in the Jacksonville area before opening Chancho King, their first project together.
Chancho translates to “pork” in Ecuador’s native language, Quechua. Chancho King highlights this main ingredient through slow-roasting their pork in an authentic Ecuadorian style in order to extract a deep, savory flavor from the meat.
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