Six years this May, Whiffies Fried Pie food cart would have celebrated its 6-year anniversary, but owner Gregg Abbott says it was time to move on. "I've gone back to school and am brushing up on my coding skills so I can work in tech as a developer somewere," he says. "No more late nights. No more washing dishes in the freezing cold at three in the morning."
Abbott was 30 years old when he opened the cart. Since then he's gotten married and had a baby, who's now 2 years old. "Whiffies represents a different time in my life. I've grown a lot and the cart hasn't grown in the same kind of way."
He's worked in food service since he was 12 years old (his parents owned a catering company), but he says he always envisioned settling into a different industry. "When I started this, those were the skills I had and I went with that. But I always eventually wanted to do something else. I have a long history of working on the fringe of technology, and I assumed some day that would be my fall-back plan."
Meanwhile, the cart will be reborn into an as-yet-undisclosed new venture from Dustin Knox, the guy behind now-closed Central bar in Old Town, and Perierra Creperie, Whiffies' neighbor at the Cartopia pod. Knox is taking the cart off the lot today for renovations but he plans to bring it back. And the pod itself is briefly shuttered until the weekend for a cleanup and pavement resurfacing. Check back to find out what Knox has in store for the cart.