Food truck destroyed in fire reopening as downtown restaurant

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A popular vegan food truck is about to re-open as a downtown Reno restaurant.

"You know actually being in a physical location, people can find you," said Nom Eats co-owner Ian McIntosh.

You'll be able to find Nom Eats in the West Street Market, in the spot that De Luxe used to be.

"It's kind of serendipitous that he (De Luxe owner) would close the doors on his business right when we kind of needed a door to open for our business," added co-owner Carly Gurinskas.

It's a rebirth of sorts, after a fire destroyed their truck back in June of last year.

"We get a call, yo there's a fire in the backyard. It's your truck. Me and Carly were like, what," admits McIntosh. "You don't know how to pick up after it."

It also came at the worst possible time, right at the beginning of food truck season. But they were encouraged by friends to start a GoFundMe page, and were shocked by the outpouring of support.

"People from all over donated," gushed McIntosh. "People from all over Reno, Sparks, Carson, Tahoe. The Bay Area. People from other countries."

"I mean of course it's overwhelming and surprising, but it's also not," added Gurinskas. "Because we really care about our customers and about making connections with them."

They raised nearly $20,000 and decided to take the next step, and evolve into a brick-and-mortar location.

"It's not like we're starting a new business," admitted McIntosh. "It's just kind of a new chapter of the business we already had. Nothing's getting crazy changed-up or anything. We've still got the same vibe."

And much of the same vegan menu that kept people coming back for more.

They plan to open up their new restaurant sometime in the next few weeks.

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