Finley’s Curbside Beastro sets up shop on campus

Finley’s employee Candy Morrison hands food to customers waiting outside. The truck, owner Tim Little says, is named after his 2-year-old granddaughter, Finley, since his wife refused to let him name it after her.

Saige Heyer

The sight has changed around Kildee and Lagomarcino Halls during the lunch hour. Parked in the lot between the two buildings is a new food truck for any passerby to grab a bite to eat.

Tim Little and Candy Morrison run the business from Huxley, Iowa. Last year, he set up shop in Des Moines.

He got the idea to have a food truck from working out of a 10-by-10-foot tent, which took a lot of time to set up and take down. He wanted something cleaner with higher quality food.

Little and Morrison both share in the responsibilities of running the food truck and serving customers. Little does most of the cooking while Candy takes orders, prepares the food and helps the customers. Eventually, they would like to be able to expand and hire someone to take the orders and money from the customers.

The name of the truck has two histories. Finley’s is the name of Little’s three-year-old granddaughter. He originally wanted to name it after his wife, but she didn’t want that. Little used Beastro because he wanted something catchy.

Finley’s Curbside Beastro plans on experimenting with food, beverages and hours, depending on feedback they get from students. In colder weather, they are considering adding hot chocolate and coffee to their menu.

Little said there is one thing in particular that he enjoys about working the truck.

“The people, no doubt about it,” Little said. Morrison agreed and said they also like the gratification they get from their customers.

Since there aren’t many places near these locations that serve food, the university decided to give students, faculty and staff options for lunch.

Associate director of purchasing Cory Harms was asked by Business and Finance to open bids for food trucks in the spot between Kildee and Lagomarcino and in a spot near Nuclear Engineering Laboratory.

Finley’s Curbside Beastro was awarded the bid for a food truck between Kildee and Lagomarcino and their contract lasts until June 2015. They will be there from spring through fall and possibly into the winter, weather permitting. The spot near Nuclear Engineering was not filled.