Aloha Returns: Hawaiian Food Truck Back in Wilmington

For Melissa and Tony Marshall, the question wasn't "if" they'd take over the family food truck, but "when." The brightly colored Paradise Pineapple Grill, started by their daughter-in-law but sidelined by a career change, sat dormant in their driveway, a tempting reminder of both family and adventure.

Military veterans who served together in Afghanistan and lived in Hawaii, the Marshalls always craved a taste of island life after returning to Wilmington. Their wanderlust led them to explore the country in their camper for years, homeschooling their children along the way. Now, with two sons joining the Army, the time felt right to give the Paradise Pineapple Grill a new lease on life.

Their daughter-in-law, a native Hawaiian, provided the final nudge. "It was always, 'When are you going to run the truck?'" Melissa recalls. "Then it became, 'What if we did?'"

The Wilmington area, with its booming brewery scene and diverse events, offered the perfect backdrop for their unique concept. While burgers and pizza trucks were plentiful, Hawaiian fare remained a niche market. Sure, poke bowls had gained popularity, but the Marshalls envisioned a more traditional, comfort-food approach.

"Hawaiian food shouldn't just taste good," Melissa emphasizes. "It should have that feeling of family, of ohana. It's simple food, made with love."

Their menu features classics like Kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, and Huli-huli chicken wings, all served with a signature pineapple salsa. Garlic shrimp swimming in a rich, buttery sauce promises to tantalize taste buds, while their perfected pineapple upside-down cake offers a sweet ending to the island experience.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of truck updates, permit applications, and menu tastings. The official launch is set for March 1st at Mannkind Brewing in Leland, followed by an appearance at the Crossroads Gathering Place event with the Southport Island Girls Club.

Despite being new to the food truck scene, the Marshalls are already feeling the warmth of the community. "People have been incredibly supportive," Melissa beams. "We can't wait to get out there and share our aloha with Wilmington!"

So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience a taste of paradise on wheels. The Paradise Pineapple Grill is ready to transport you to the Hawaiian islands, one delicious bite at a time.

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