It’s been three years since Randle’s Kitchen was serving up food streetside in Sioux Falls.
But the Sioux Falls food truck best known for its chicken wings is returning this summer, with a mother-daughter duo leading the charge.
“I’m super excited to return,” said Shona Randle, co-founder of Randle’s Kitchen. “We’re going to have the same great food.”
Shona is joined this year by her 19-year-old daughter Jordan Randle.
Randle’s Kitchen opened in 2013 and served “home cooking on the go.” The truck was well known for its patty melts, walking tacos and their fan favorite “Big Dave’s Wings,” which is a chicken wing family recipe that’s both sweet and tangy.
The food truck started because Shona and her ex-husband would bring their cooking to parties and reunions – and people soon after started asking them to cater and offered to pay them for it.
Food trucks weren’t popular in Sioux Falls when Randle’s Kitchen opened, and many people didn’t even know what a food truck was, Shona said. The couple was one of the first to renovate an RV.
“For us, it was just for fun,” Shona said. “If we didn’t make any money then we’d put the bunk beds back in the RV and take it out on vacation. But then it turned out great, and people have still asked me over the last few years when we’re coming back.”
Randle’s Kitchen is returning after being revamped, including a switch to propane, adding deliveries as a service and upgrading the menu. New menu items fried chicken baskets, a full breakfast menu and Sunday dinners. The Sunday dinners will change in theme each week, ranging from soul food, BBQ, seafood boils and other one-time offerings.
“It’s stuff that you don’t want to eat on a diet, but it’s stuff that’s not preserved and is homemade,” Shona said.
Jordan, Shona’s youngest daughter and new partner in the food truck, started working on the truck when she was 11 years old. She worked the counter, and she’s missed the time on the food truck since her family stopped serving.
“I know my mom loves the food truck, and I love doing it too,” Jordan said. “Once we realized we’re both into cooking and both driven to do this, we knew we had to do it.”
Eventually, the two would like to build the business enough to establish a restaurant.
“I have faith,” Jordan said. “We have loyal customers, and we have great food. I know people will want to come eat there.”
The two are still working through licensing, but they plan to find a homebase for the supper. Their schedule will be updated through Facebook, and they’re hoping to start serving in May.