By Mike Kinney
The Shops at Hilltop is inviting another community business to provide local foods to its patrons.
We recently told you about the all-local R&R Coffee moving into the mall at 2200 Hilltop Mall Road, which has new owners with ambitious plans to redevelop the property.
Now, Monica Whitley, owner and head chef of the popular local food truck “Yummysticks,” said her business is preparing to launch in the mall in March.
The business’ first brick-and-mortar will locate on the second floor across from Shiek’s Shoes. The space, formerly occupied by Mama’s Restaurant, is airy and spacious. Whitley described The Shops At Hilltop as “up and coming.”
“I believe Yummysticks is exactly what the mall needs, its fun, unique & different,” she said.
The origins of Yummysticks have a connection to Bangkok, Thailand. In January 2014, Whitley and her husband were visiting in the country and saw a flea market vender selling both chicken on a stick and garlic on a stick. The idea was simple and drew a long line of customers and the food wad delicious, she said.
“My husband and I thought it was a business we should go into,” she said.
For the last 2.5 years, the couple has developed a following of loyal customers who visit their food truck.
Best selling items on the menu: chicken and waffles, fried catfish, salmon croquette, chicken terriyaki, grilled chicken and strawberry shortcake on a stick.