Resident opens food truck on Floyd Hill

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By Corinne Westeman

 Beki Fiala’s travels have taken her to dozens of countries. Now, she’s bringing international street food with a mountain flair to her neighbors and the passing commuters on Floyd Hill.


Fiala, a resident of the area, bought the property where her Wanderlust Market food truck now sits three years ago. Since then, she’s been preparing the land, the trailer and the menu; and on Feb. 15, she and her small staff opened for the first time.

“It’s been a process, and slowly but surely, we’ve done it,” Fiala said.

In addition to tea, coffee, smoothies and hot chocolate, Wanderlust, a name that evoked two ideas — the diverse menu that isn’t the same old American cuisine, and the food truck as a stopping point for people on their various journeys — offers breakfast food and lunch options, including burritos, mason jar salads and pasties. Fiala said she wanted to have hot and hearty breakfast food, and things that people could

take on-the-go.

All the food is made from scratch by chef Tlanezi Guzman in Denver; the tea is from The Spice & Tea Exchange in Idaho Springs; and the coffee is from Denver’s Coda Coffee, Fiala said.

Since opening last month, she and barista Bryan Scarbeary of Squaw Pass have seen a positive response from locals — high school students, parents dropping off their kids at the nearby daycare, and residents going to work, they said.

Now, Fiala said, she’s working to get the word out to commuters, which included posting signs on Highway 40.

Fiala explained that the food truck is to test the market. Long-term, she hopes to have a full restaurant that’s half-café, half-general store.

Both Fiala and Scarbeary said they have enjoyed the interactions with their customers, and they are already getting regulars.

“I can feel the people’s excitement to have something here,” Scarbeary said.

Fiala has been working in restaurants since she was 14, and that she’s always loved the industry in part because of that interaction with the customers.

“There’s definitely a hole in the market,” she said of Floyd Hill. “But I also wanted (Wanderlust Market) here for the community aspect — a place for neighbors to get to know each other.”

To help grow that community, she explained, she also wants to host sunrise yoga, farmers’ markets and flea markets at Wanderlust.

“It’s a way to bring people together right off the interstate,” Fiala said.