Let’s take a little time hop… think back to 2011, just eight short years ago. Food trucks were scarce. We didn’t have any wineries or breweries in town. Downtown was, ahem, “lacking amenities.” Nevertheless, various folks disregarded “the way it’s always been done” and started new and exciting enterprises that now feel like the fabric of Abilene.
I might be a bit biased, but I like to think Vagabond Pizza is one of those enterprises. Jason and I started the company as a food truck and catering operation seven years ago. We’ve since grown from that little trailer to a brick-and-mortar restaurant; from a husband and wife duo to a team of 23 employees.
We may look a little more professional these days, but don’t think that means boring and stuffy. Nearly everything is handmade in our shop, from our bartop to the products and ingredients in your meal. We change the menu every week to keep things fresh and exciting, and to pay homage to our food truck days where few things were ever the same twice.
This business began with invitations to customers’ homes, and we now take special care to replicate the friendliness we received. When you walk in our doors we want to you feel at home; you are now part of the family. Hospitality is all about taking care of people, and we take great pride in our ability to do so.
This month our city council has the chance to solidify new hospitality opportunities for Abilene. The addition of a Downtown Hotel allows all of us the chance to meet and take care of people that may never have pulled off the highway otherwise. The hotel creates a catalytic impact, bringing new energy, new perspectives and new funds, from which all our city will benefit.
-Jessica Adams, Vagabond Pizza Owner