WELLMAN — With COVID-19 putting restrictions on restaurants, one local food truck owner found a way to continue her service one pizza at a time.
Julia McNurlen is the owner of Stone Wall Brick Oven Pizza, a Wellman based food truck that serves brick oven pizza. Before the pandemic, McNurlen not only traveled with the truck but opened the yard at her home for visitors to stop by for a pizza buffet and live music on the weekends.
However, with gatherings limited, she has not been able to do so. Her traveling businesses has been effected as well, as May is primarily the time for graduation parties.
McNurlen said it’s not all bad news as many families have decided to reschedule for later in the year and host going away parties instead.
Instead of waiting until then, McNurlen said she began taking preorders for to-go pizzas and created a drive-through in her driveway. With a greeter at the gate, customers can check in, drive up to the oven and have their pizza delivered right to their window.
“That turned into a fun thing and kept us pretty hoppin’,” she said.
Because the gathering area of the yard cannot be used due to gathering restrictions, McNurlen has instead opened another pasture on the property to allow for pasture picnics. The picnicking is identical to tailgating, she said, and allows for people to spread out and enjoy their food and each other but from a safe distance.
“We actually had a car load of people from Davenport last weekend that came down,” she said.
Normally live music would accompany diners but that has not been a feasible experience so far this year. However, McNurlen has hopes the farm can open in the next few weeks and live music can return as well.
If the farm is able to open, there will not be a buffet as there usually is in the past. In order to protect both staff and customers, the orders will continue to be to-go with social distanced seating available.
“We want people to come and have a good time but also feel comfortable and safe,” she said.
Stone Wall Brick Oven Pizza is located at 3297 320th Street in Wellman. Orders can be placed by calling 319-530-3239. More information can be found on the company’s Facebook at Stone Wall Brick Oven Pizza.