By Timothy Thomas
Food trucks are not uncommon on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. If you take a stroll around, you’ll find several food carts set up on campus. Many different types of foods can be purchased. Everything from gyros to popsicles are available. However, Goatocado was started several years ago by two former VCU students and is still in business today. Ian Newell, owner, and his college friend decided they wanted to provide some healthy eating options to the residents of Richmond.
Goatocado is a vegetarian restaurant established in 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. Since then, the restaurant has opened several different locations throughout the city. One of those locations can be found in the form of a food cart right outside of Hibbs Hall. Goatocado prides itself on serving unique items that are nutritious. According to their website they say “It’s our challenge to source, prepare, and serve food with purpose. But that’s not all. As a conscious kitchen we think beyond the food. We’re conscious of our environmental impact and strive to make daily decisions that contribute to the overall well-being of the community.”
Their menu consists of many different types of healthy food options. They mostly serve wraps, bowls, and broths. However, they also have more common side dishes such as macaroni and cheese. Throughout the day, students can be seen waiting in line to purchase items from the food cart. I spoke with Sam, VCU sophomore, to get his thoughts. “ I actually discovered Goatocado through a friend. He let me try a piece of his wrap and I’ve been coming here regularly ever since,” said Sam.
Goatocado started as just one food truck. The success of that lone food truck has allowed them to deploy 5 more, one of which is located on VCU’s campus. They also have a traditional restaurant location where you can go sit down and eat. It is located on 1823 West Main Street and during certain times of the day, has quite the turnout.