By Abbie Lahmers
With humble roots like The Salad Man & Juice Bar – which hit the then much smaller food truck scene in 2013 – Russell Spellman and partner Sterling Clinton-Spellman are developing their current mobile Incred-A-Bowl floats with a storefront in East Providence.
“We started our business out of a love of good food, a love of culture, and a desire to provide healthier food options,” Clinton-Spellman says. “Russell has literally cooked his whole life and his dream has always been to open his own restaurant. We thought a food truck was a great first step.
Now, the bright green truck is synonymous with healthy bowls on Rhody’s food truck circuit and, Spellman shares, “having space in the restaurant really allows us to be creative and expand our menu offerings.” This means more varieties of Liberian bowls, soul food, Jamaican jerk and ramen, as well as several smoothies, salads, desserts and small bites.
The new store will also be the foundation for their career program focused on personal and professional development, with a goal of employing 2,500 team members by 2030. “The launch of our Incred-A-Bowl TM Fresh Start is our most exciting opportunity yet. . We have a plan to help our community in impactful ways by providing career opportunities for people who have been historically disenfranchised and deemed ‘hard to employ’ or hard to hire,” says Clinton-Spellman, who will use her experience as a life and a company. coach and former teacher to help employees tap into their strengths.
“In an effort to celebrate culture, we will host events that bring the community together,” adds Spellman. “Imagine attending
an event where you can learn about the 200 different types of kimchi and you can try some!”
Renovations are currently underway for a late summer or early fall opening; in the meantime, you can find the two Incred-A-Bowl trucks at Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence Flea, and other events, or inquire about catering online.