Status Check: Crüze Control

Food truck master makes plans for brick-and-mortar restaurant

Back Update Feb 1, 2016 By Kelly Higdon

Last July, we reported on Chef Keith Breedlove — the quirky food truck owner driving authentic brand development in a congested mobile scene with his one-of-a-kind Culinerdy Crüzer (“Crüze Control” by Andy Galloway).

Now, Breedlove and his wife and partner Amy have since decided to open an 1,800-square-foot brick-and-mortar restaurant by August 2016. Breedlove says they are more than up for the challenge -— between the two of them they have opened 30 restaurants.  

“We need the space to do more Culinerdy grindage!” Breedlove says. “This will allow for more storage and equipment to do more curing, smoking and baking.”

To fund the plans, the pair started a Kickstarter campaign last August. As of press time, they had attained about 53 percent of their total $20,000 goal, with three days remaining.

Though he hasn’t yet made a final decision for the spot’s location, Breedlove has his eyes set on Elk Grove as home for the first Culinerdy Kitchen, followed up with an additional restaurant in Rancho Cordova — if all goes as planned. “Though the Crüzer is our No. 1 love and will continue to run its normal course, we are very excited to see what having the new space to create will bring,” he says.

Never one to disappoint taste buds, Breedlove plans to expand upon his current menu for the new location, without compromising the distinct flavor and branding that Crüzer fans have grown to love. “The menu at Culinerdy Kitchen will be an expansion of the truck,” he says. “The brick-and-mortar location will have all the favorites that we just don’t have enough room for on the truck — and of course the mac and cheese and our famous sprouts will be heavily represented.”