Brad Focht with his new food truck called Phoenix Pizza Monday, June 19, 2017. Bill Lackey/Staff

Former bank employee opens new Springfield food truck

A new food truck focusing on personal pizzas was inspired by a Rotary Club Food truck competition.

Brad Focht, of Springfield, recently opened Phoenix Pizza, which will serve customers most days of the week at a handful of locations in the city. A former network engineer at Huntington Bank, Focht said he had wanted to open his own food truck for a long time, but was convinced after seeing how many people attended a Rotary Club food truck competition.

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“I decided after a few months of giving it thought that I would leave the corporate gig and start a food truck,” Focht said. “There’s not a big selection of pizza around here as far as food trucks go.”

Focht purchased an old Doritos truck from a chef in Columbus and did most of the work to install the kitchen himself. The food truck started last week with a soft opening outside Game Cycle, 1300 St. Paris Road. It will also often be open in the 1400 block of North Limestone Street, he said. Locations and hours will also be available on the business’ Facebook page.

The truck will start out selling a small number of specialty pizzas including a buffalo cream sauce pizza and a margherita pizza. Customers will be able to build their own pizzas as well.

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He said he’s been working on the recipes for more than a year, mostly through researching dough recipes online and making sauces through trial and error.

“I would stack up Rubbermaid containers in the refrigerator which would irritate my wife.” he said. “I would have six different sauces with little notes on the back of them to figure out which was the best. A lot of bad pizzas have to be made in order to find the good ones.”

Focht said the food truck and his stone-cooked pizzas will allow him to offer customers something quicker and a little bit different for lunch than some of his brick-and-mortar competition.

“It’s different, it’s freshly made and it’s made right there as you wait,” Focht said.

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