Developer dispatching food trucks to fill restaurant void in newest Villages

The Developer is dispatching food trucks to fill the restaurant void in the newest section of The Villages.

Ednas’ Provisions & Vittles and Rita’s Cocina Mexicana will be serving food within the next couple of weeks at Cattail Recreation Area in the Village of Marsh Bend.

Rita’s Cocina Mexicana will soon be serving food at the Cattail Recreation Center.

Villagers may have already sampled the fare from Rita’s Cocina Mexicana which recently set up at The Villages Balloon Festival at The Villages Polo Fields.

Jimena Torres

The owner, Jimena Torres, will be operating the food truck with her mother, Patricia. The food truck is named for Jimena Torres’ grandmother.

Rita’s Cocina Mexicana has obtained a Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle license and passed its first inspection on May 10, according to records on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Ednas’ Provisions & Vittles has an “application in progress” with the state. The “stationary food truck” will offer Southern and BBQ cuisine.

Ednas’ Provisions & Vittles is busy advertising online for full- and part-time positions. Jobs will pay $12 to $14. Ednas’ Provisions & Vittles is looking for candidates who have at least two years of culinary and hospitality experience. Candidates should “have a passion for creating great food, and dining experiences.” The Ednas for whom the food truck is named are in honor of operator Jordan McDonough’s two grandmothers, both named Edna.    

Both food trucks list their official address as 5225 Marsh Bend Trail in the Village of Marsh Bend, according to records on file with the state. Both food trucks will attempt to satisfy the appetites of golfers at the Marsh View Pitch & Putt during breakfast and lunch. The food trucks will stay open into the evening and Ednas’ reportedly will be serving liquor and may offer live music.

Properties of The Villages sales representatives have been pushing hard to sell homes in the new Villages of Marsh Bend, Linden, McClure and Monarch Grove. But the lack of restaurants, other than the Fenney Grill, has made it a daunting challenge.

Golf cart bridges will connect the southern end of The Villages to The Villages north of State Road 44.

Other challenges for sales representatives in the still-not-golf-cart-accessible areas of The Villages in the south are the death of a Villager from West Nile Virus, which he contracted from an infected mosquito. The Village of Caroline man suffered the fatal bite while relaxing at the Fenney fire pit after a game of golf. Residents of the newest Villages have complained about window-rattling blasting from a nearby lime quarry as well as hearing public address system announcements from the federal prison at Coleman.

While food trucks are being dispatched to the newest section of The Villages, there’s still no word on the future of the Hacienda Hills Country Club, which closed its doors in April. Residents have spoken loud and clear, indicating they want a restaurant at that location. Golfers coming off the Hacienda Hills Championship Course remain parched.