HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – No more delicious taco lunches for Boeing employees. On-On Tacos food truck announced on its Facebook page Monday that it will no longer run lunch service at The Boeing Company. The owner of the business told WHNT News 19 that Boeing’s safety committee will no longer allow vendors to come on campus if they use propane. On-On Tacos uses a propane grill, but the owner is willing to make changes so the truck doesn’t lose Boeing’s business.
“We service about 75 to 80 people a day for lunch,” said Robert Justice, the owner of On-On Tacos. “It means great sales for us.”
It seemed to be a good working relationship, until now. “We were informed last week that due to changes in their safety policy, they would no longer allow food vendors that use propane, and we use propane for our flat tops.”
Now, he’s trying to figure out his new game plan. However, he doesn’t want to give up on Boeing just yet. “I’ve contacted them back and asked if there was any specific safety issue I need to know about, or if this is just a new blanket policy and if we switch to an all-electric operation would we be allowed back out?”
In general, Boeing is the busiest lunch service the food truck does during the week. Justice said it’ll be a hit to the business to lose that lunch crowd. “If we can switch to all electric, we’re willing to look at that and make that investment to keep the partnership with Boeing,” he said. “If we can’t do that, we’re already in talks with BASF and we’ve been approved to come out there for multiple services lunch and dinner, so we’re going to start rolling that into the rotation.”
The taco truck serves lunch on Redstone Arsenal Tuesday through Friday. Justice said he knows there are security measures his business has to go through. It’s just the nature of the food truck business. “If it’s their corporate policy, I understand and respect that,” he said. “But we do service the Arsenal multiple days a week, Boeing does seem to have some very strict safety policies which I understand and can appreciate but we try to comply with everything possible.”
WHNT News 19 talked with Boeing officials Monday evening. They told us that On-On Tacos will have an opportunity to come back on the campus once a few safety issues are addressed.