El Camion: The Food Truck-Turned-Restaurant in Woodbury | FOOD & DRINK – Connecticut News

El Camion: The Food Truck-Turned-Restaurant in Woodbury | FOOD & DRINK – Connecticut News

A few years ago Haig Leonard had a vision. A vision of tacos.

It happened while he was working at Good News Cafe in Woodbury. “I remember looking out the window across the street and there’s a little park, right near a central area in town with benches and a nice shaded area,” he recalls. “The first thing that popped into my head was, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have a taco truck there.’”

Many of us daydream about opening a food truck or restaurant, but we tend to edit out the backbreaking work and long hours it entails. Leonard was different. He and his wife, Lija, and their young children had recently left New York City to move back to Connecticut, where Leonard is from. In the city, Leonard had worked in several restaurants and knew what the business was all about. In 2011, not long after he had the initial idea, he opened El Camion, a taco truck with a homebase at the spot he had seen from Good News Cafe. He served a limited variety of tacos and some other select menu items and soon garnered a following.


El Camion

308 Sherman Hill Road, Woodbury
203-405-3008, el-camion.com
Hours: Tue., Wed. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 
Thu.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Mon.
Wheelchair accessible

In November 2015 he opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant down the road from this spot. The restaurant maintains the laid-back spirit of the food truck with a cantina, order-at-the-counter vibe, a mix of indoor and outdoor seating and bottled beer — selections include Mexican beer mainstay Tecate and Sierra Nevada. The truck remains available for private…

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