A Rustyc Spoon food truck damaged by electrical fire, closed for now

The A Rustyc Spoon food truck was damaged in a fire on Wednesday morning and is suspending service until further notice.

The Pensacola Fire Department received a call around noon that the food truck had caught fire.

Pensacola spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde said the fire was put out quickly when firefighters arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported.

Pensacola firefighters respond Wednesday to a fire at the Rustyc Spoon food truck at 1414 W. Government St.

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Lagarde said the cause of the fire was electrical.

Pensacola executive chef Rusty Strain has been catching the internet’s attention since he parked his food truck outside the Emerald Republic brewery in April. Strain keeps guests spellbound with rotating menus and original creations like its Crispy Raspberry Poblano BBQ Chicken Wrap and Prime Rib Burrito.

After cleaning the interior of the damaged truck, Strain told the News Journal Thursday morning that the setback would not be the end of A Rustyc Spoon.

“It’s deflated, it is what it is. We were really about to flip the switch,” Strain said. “We don’t give up.”

Fundraisers, GoFundMe aims to help A Rustyc Spoon rebuild

Until the truck is operational again, Strain will hold various events to raise funds for repairs to the truck.

On Friday, Strain will be hosting flat grills outside Emerald Republic from 5-9 p.m. for a community “taco night” in honor of National Guacamole Day. Proceeds from the event, which will also include burgers and burritos, will go towards rebuilding the truck.

On September 22, Strain will return to his foodie roots at a white-tablecloth charity dinner at Kingfisher, 1500 Barrancas Ave. The exact dinner menu and times are posted on the A Rustyc Spoon Facebook page.

Strain said his restaurant neighbors in Kingfisher immediately visited him after the fire, offering him their space to raise money for repairs to the truck.

Pensacola firefighters respond Wednesday to a fire at the Rustyc Spoon food truck at 1414 W. Government St.

Once the truck is complete, Strain said he plans to roll out a restaurant and home chef service in addition to working on the truck.

“When we get out of the ground, I think it will be bigger and better, especially with what we’re rebuilding,” Strain said.

He also plans to give it back to those in the community who have helped him along the way, whether by offering a coupon for a meal or bringing food to their office.

“The community has been great, we’re almost halfway to our goal,” Strain said. “I push as hard as you do for us.”

Pensacola firefighters respond Wednesday to a fire at the Rustyc Spoon food truck at 1414 W. Government St.

In addition to meal fundraisers, Strain launched a GoFundMe page Wednesday night that raised $1,415 in about the first hour. By Thursday morning, the account had quickly climbed to $3,885. The page has a goal of $10,000 to help cover repairs to the truck and included a statement about the incident.

“Ladder 11 and Engine 4 from the Pensacola Fire Department came to locate the fire inside the wall of the food truck we were using. They had to cut through the outside wall of the food truck and remove the ceiling and ventilation, (therefore) we cannot continue the service any longer with the state the food truck is in,” the statement said.

The account said they hoped to reopen before Strain’s wedding in November.

“We’ve worked so hard to make our dream a reality and we won’t let that stop us,” the GoFundMe statement continued.

Those wishing to donate can visit gofund.me/44447f7e.