A new food truck, Carve Casual, is set to open mid-March at K2, Kulshan’s Roosevelt location. The menu will feature meats and vegetables cooked on-site in an eye-catching Wood Stone rotisserie; a glass door even lets you see the flames at work.  

Carve Casual is owner Karl Shilhanek’s second food truck. His first, Kebab Casual, has brought affordable Mediterranean fare to the Fountain District since it opened in 2018. Although Shilhanek originally viewed his truck as a stepping stone to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, the pandemic revealed the benefits of owning a mobile business.  

“I got extremely lucky,” Shilhanek says. While other restaurants closed, either temporarily or for good, Kebab Casual saw business boom.   

The idea for the new truck began with a friendship between Shilhanek and K2’s head brewer, Wesley Finger. The brewery was having trouble keeping a reliable food truck schedule, so Shilhanek proposed filling the need full-time.  

The rotisserie idea followed. Shilhanek wanted to focus on fire-roasted meats that could be served alone or made into a sandwich, thereby satisfying K2 patrons while also creating an easy lunch option for those who work in the area. 

Carve Casual will serve preservative-free rotisserie chicken and ribs, paninis, poutine, soups, and more. Expect familiar items, like French dip and Cuban sandwiches, and less familiar ones, like Rotisserie Rabbit. Side dishes will rotate, featuring flavorful vegan and gluten-free options along with staples like mac and cheese. All recipes are courtesy of head chef Audrey Powell, formerly of Anthony’s.  

To keep customers safe, the truck will offer online ordering, curb-side pick-up, and contact-free check-out. carvecasual.com

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