Always be ‘On THYME’ to this food truck for one of the best shrimp po’boys in the Cape Fear
**This video and article were posted for our Juneteenth celebration week**. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. One of the ways to celebrate Juneteenth is to support black owned businesses. Read more about the history of Juneteenth by clicking here.
Corey Scott rolled out the On THYME Catering food truck in January of this year and so far he says business has been booming.
Scott worked at NHRMC as the catering cook for 13 years before starting On THYME.
“I felt like it was time for me to branch off and just do my own thing,” Scott said.
He says the type of food they sell is bar food with a twist.
“We take a normal cheeseburger and add shrimp on it making it into a surf and turf,” Scott said.
Their most popular item though would be the shrimp po’ boy. It has fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, and it’s topped with a Scott’s special Cajun Remoulade sauce. The wings come in at a close second for most popular item on the menu.
The pandemic hasn’t really slowed them down, according to Scott. He quickly realized that a food truck was a relatively safe way for people get food without having to go into a restaurant where a ton of other bodies have been. And Scott was eager to get food to those who needed it.
“We were running like four or five days a week, eight to ten hours,” Scott said. That was while all inside and outside dining had to close.
Because Juneteenth is coming up on Friday and people are encouraged to support black owned businesses as a way to celebrate, we asked Scott what it is like being a black owned business.
“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s like when you used to be younger and you would race your little brother and you give your brother a head start. Right now I’m the one that’s behind my little brother trying to catch up.”
Even though business has been great and they have loyal customer base, Scott said being a black owned business has made it harder for him to find people to network with, to get certain resources, and even loans.
“It’s kind of like you’re starting from the bottom and most people are already starting from the middle or already achieving their goal,” Scott said. “Black people are not left with anything so we’re starting from the bottom.”
Scott sees this as a blessing in disguise. He says starting from the bottom has made him hungrier for success.
“You’ve got one life to live. There’s only going to be one Corey Scott,” Scott said. “I’m trying to give it all I can while I’m here and leave no regrets and I’m trying to leave a legacy for my grandkids. That’s all I can say. Just stay humble, man. Just keep moving.”
To find out where and when you can catch the On THYME food truck, check out their Facebook page for updates by clicking here.
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