- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Something different is on the menu for Downtown Evansville, and it’s called The Duffy Shuffle.

The food truck parks near 3rd and Locust streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We’ve worked really hard to get this thing up and going,” said owner and operator Courtney Duffy.

The food truck with the funky name is the product of Courtney and her husband, Nick. The phrase “Duffy Shuffle” originated with Nick’s family. His father, Robert, had a stroke, and it left him with a shuffle in his step, which the family calls the Duffy Shuffle.

The couple began selling their culinary concoctions in a trailer at fairs and festivals but soon realized they wanted to make it a full-time commitment.

“After three events, my husband said, ‘That’s it. We need a truck,’” she said.

The couple went to Nashville, Tennessee, and purchased a used bread truck. The truck is more than 20 years old and has over 700,000 miles on it, she said.

They drove it home and it gave it an overhaul. Courtney Duffy said her husband and their friends have put a lot of work into the truck.

“When we bought this truck, it was nothing but an empty shell,” she said. “We’ve done everything to it.”

Duffy said she has worked in food service most of her life, but being the boss is something new. Bringing the truck up to code, as well as handling the business side, has presented her with a new challenge.

“It’s way harder than I thought it’d be,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun.”

The menu at the Duffy Shuffle is varied, and a few items have a South American touch, such as the Pura Vida chimichanga. The dish features white rice, pinto beans, chorizo, scrambled eggs and Salsa Lizano.

The couple vacationed in Costa Rica last year and discovered some food items they really enjoyed, such as the Salsa Lizano sauce.

“We had brought some of that sauce home with us and we just started playing around,” she said.

For the past six years, the Duffys have been playing around in the kitchen and finding out what works. Duffy joked that some of the best ideas have come after a few drinks.

The Duffy Shuffle is also providing a food option for patrons at a local microbrewery that doesn’t serve many food items.

It recently collaborated with Carson’s Brewery to give those enjoying beverages something to snack on. The Duffy Shuffle plans to at Carson’s Brewery on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 10 p.m.

“They’ve got awesome beer, but they didn’t have food,” she said.

Carson’s policy has always allowed patrons to bring in their own food. According to director of operations Zac Rascher, that concept took a little time to catch on with patrons.

The Duffys approached the management at Carson’s Brewery about bringing their food truck to the business.

“They started out as customers and knew that our food options were very limited,” Rascher said. “They asked if they could come out and give it a try and offer all the guests a little more variety for food. We liked the idea, so we’ve had them out and they did very well.”

Rascher said guests have given good feedback. Customers are allowed to bring food inside or eat on the patio.

“We promoted it really well with The Duffy Shuffle,” he said. “So we’re going to keep going with it.”

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Source: Evansville Courier & Press, https://bit.ly/1cal1Si

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, https://www.courierpress.com

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