Other than the website that went live last month, Gorilla Cheese has been somewhat of a mystery, but now the owner, James Klayman, steps forward to tell us that (pending an upcoming city inspection) he plans to launch the grilled-cheese truck on May 2. Klayman is a Long Island native who worked in restaurants as everything from a fry cook to a sous-chef before becoming a real-estate broker. He was inspired to open a food truck when he witnessed Kogi hysteria during a trip to Los Angeles, and L.A.s Grilled Cheese Truck convinced him that grilled cheeses were the way to go. Ive always been a comfort-food guy, he tells us. And Ive always been a big mac-and-cheese person. Throughout college, people used to come over to my apartment and say, Cook me a grilled cheese.
With that in mind, Klayman bought a fourteen-foot Lance potato-chip truck and built a custom kitchen in it. The truck is currently in Florida being wrapped with a graphic. As for New Yorks other grilled-cheese trucks (Milk Truck and Morris) Klayman says, Would I be happier if there were no others? Sure. But there are. Its a big city, and my food is just simple, tasty comfort food, and I dont think theres any comparison for what I cook. He says, Theres a pizza place on every corner, and everyones making a living. Hes hoping his homemade dipping sauces and thick-cut bread will give him an edge: Im going to hit the city with a storm and be one of the top trucks real fast.