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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Chicago-themed hot dog, Italian beef food truck ends run in Ocala

A Chicago-themed food truck is ending its run in downtown Ocala.

Tom’s Taste of Chicago has closed up shop on its food truck, which was a permanent staple at the Ocala Downtown Market Food Truck Park.

Toms Taste of Chicago
Tom’s Taste of Chicago closed the doors on its food truck at Ocala Downtown Market

“It is with a heavy heart to post this but tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, will be our last day in business,” reads a post from the food truck’s Facebook page.

In operation for the past two years, the business specialized in Chicago-themed foods like hot dogs and Italian beef.

Hot dogs at Toms Taste of Chicago
Hot dogs at Tom’s Taste of Chicago

Owner Tom DiForti says the decision to close was difficult and thanked customers who have patronized the truck over the years.

“It was a very difficult decision but due to supply issues and other issues going on in today’s world, I have decided to close up. We have enjoyed serving you the best Chicago food in Marion county. Thank you for all your support the past two years,” reads the post.

DiForti says he will keep the food truck’s Facebook page open in case he decides to host events in the future.

The Ocala Downtown Market Food Truck park opened for business this past January and has played host to multiple, local food truck vendors. 

To keep up with Tom’s Taste of Chicago for any possible future events, follow the Tom’s Taste of Chicago Facebook page.

The food truck joins multiple other restaurants that have been forced to close their Ocala locations during the pandemic.

Earlier this year, Louie’s Pizza closed up shop on its pizza restaurant next to Ocala Police Department Headquarters. That establishment is now the home to Dina’s Pizza, which had closed up shop during the pandemic.

Last summer, Ruby Tuesday’s closed the doors on its sole Ocala location. That business has since been replaced by Storming Crab Seafood, which opened its doors this past July.