Niagara Cafe truck aims at green

Pastelillos will be served on Niagara Cafe's food truck. (Matt Weinberg/Special to the News)
  • By Andrew Z. Galarneau
  • Updated 12:03 PM , February 17, 2015

Niagara Cafe is getting into the food truck business, with plans for pastelillos and the greenest truck in town.

Yancy Matos is a nephew of Raul Hernandez, owner of the Puerto Rican family restaurant at 525 Niagara St. that’s been a Lower West Side mainstay for decades. He bought an as-yet-unnamed truck that he’s outfitting.

“We’d like to have it be the first zero-carbon-footprint truck,” he said. Matos is looking into having solar panels installed, to lessen generator use and having the diesel engine modified so it can run on used cooking grease. “We’re trying to get into the future for everything,” Matos said.

Niagara Cafe, pictured here in 2002, has been a West Side favorite for Puerto Rican cuisine. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Niagara Cafe, pictured here in 2002, has been a West Side favorite for Puerto Rican cuisine. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

His son Romelo Matos will run truck, with Anita Rodriguez, Yancy’s girlfriend.

“They’re going to do the pastelillos like Niagara Café does, the same recipes and all that,” Yancy Matos said. There’ll be chicken, steak, and beef versions, along with vegetarian ones like broccoli and cheddar.  Cuban sandwiches, and pinchos, which are like shish kabobs, skewers of meat and vegetables, may appear as well.

"The only thing we have left is to get the fire suppression system in there," he said. They’re aiming to have the truck open in April.

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this item said the truck would be called Niagara Cafe Express.

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