In case you didn’t know, Hallava Falafel, a Georgetown mainstay since 2006, is operating under a new owner. And he’s got plans for the street food operation.
In November Hallava founder Rick Baker, who is headed back to school (and rather burnt out), passed the torch to James Barrington. Regulars will tell you not much has changed since the switchover. Barrington made sure that "none of the essence of the truck got lost in translation" and maintains "Rick will always be a part of it." Barrington has worked in a more robust slate of specials (cinnamon and sugar pita chips with ginger yogurt, fried brussel sprouts), but the shawarma and namesake item—practically Seattle legend by now—are still there.
Barrington does, however, plan to expand the Hallava brand. In a week or so he’ll roll out a second truck, which Baker is helping to outfit. It will serve the same menu, and maybe some "fun drunk food," and have a similar aesthetic. Life on the road can be taxing, so Barrington is incorporating some warm interior touches. For example, he’s using more wood over stainless steel.
The trailer on Airport Way will stay put, while its roving counterpart will likely hit up Ballard, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill late night.