Haven Brothers – the oldest food truck in the United States – is still in operation. Not even the coronavirus pandemic has stopped the workers. In fact, they are more dedicated than ever!
While the streets of Providence, Rhode Island, remain extremely quiet during covid locking, Haven Bros. continues. to serve food in the center. In fact, they are probably the busiest place – the city’s nightlife is dead, and no one is wandering around the city center anymore. However, it would take much more than a pandemic to shut down the food truck, which has been operating for a full 130 years!
Since its inception in 1893, Haven Brothers has been serving delicious burgers, chicken fingers and fried dough to the factory workers in Providence. Once upon a time, the truck even had a counter and pallets inside, when the food truck became known as a late night spot. “Once it’s 7pm, everything closes, but that’s where we come in,” said Saverio Giusti Jr., who took over the truck from his father, Saverio Sr. “There really are not many places that are open after 22.00. [in Providence]. “
If Haven Brothers looks familiar, you may have seen the episode of Man Vs. Food where their Murder Burger made an appearance. “A burger that’s good enough to kill for … It’s not so much a burger as it’s an experience,” said host Adam Richman. That is a recommendation!
While the pandemic has shut down large parts of the city, Haven Brothers has managed to find a golden edge …
Of course, the pandemic closed many places to eat. But that did not dampen people’s desire for quality food, Haven Bros. has seen increased sales. “We’ve always been known as a nightclub, and even now people do not want to be stuck at home all night, so they go out and come to us,” added Saverio Jr. The food truck has even been open until 3 in the morning some nights recently to get everyone to eat.
It seems that during these times of struggle, people want to turn to the comfort of well-made American classics. For Saverio Jr. it’s a reminder of why he does as he does, and why his father did too. “I probably get five to ten stories a day from customers who say they used to come here in the past,” Saverio Jr. recalled. “At first it was repetitive. You take it for granted, you know? But then this pandemic struck and I just missed all the old stories. These are the people who kept the business going.”