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Cielos caters to customers like never before

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Mexican food truck expands into catering business

BANGOR - Mainers love food - and not just the fabulous lobster, scallops and clams that our state is known for. Folks in the Bangor area have proven they have a heart and an appetite for Mexican food from Cielos Mexican Grill Food Truck, which can be seen day after day when people line up outside the lime green vehicle located in the Kmart parking lot on Hogan Road. 

"Our biggest seller is the burrito, both chicken and steak burritos," said Kirsten Pilot, owner of Cielos Mexican Grill Food Truck. 

Pilot rolled into town with her mobile food business for the first time last August, offering customers freshly-made tacos, burritos, bowls and salads. Now, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., she and her employee can serve anywhere from 120-180 customers.

"We have regular customers that come almost every day and a huge increase of new customers," said Pilot. "We started our Facebook page with just 25 likes. Now we're up to 1,433 likes."

That number is expected to grow even more now that Cielos is offering catering.

"We just catered our first wedding which is common in big cities," she said. "Catering with a food truck is a fresh and new concept of catering. For the client, the most reasonable advantage is the pricing. It's less expensive than normal caterers."

And that's not all. Pilot plans to add to her fleet. This winter she hopes to roll out another food truck, this time with an Austrian flare. 

'We have to shut down Cielos Mexican Grill in December because it's not made for Maine winters,' explained Pilot. "The new truck will be retrofitted to run in the summer and winter. It'll have a different type of food. We're talking Wiener Schnitzel, homemade Austrian potato salad, cucumber salad, roasted beet and feta salad and your choice between fried pork, chicken and fish." 

Feeding Mainers year round, whether it's Mexican or Austrian cuisine, is exactly what Pilot hopes to do.

"Coming to Cielos Mexican Grill is a little bit like coming home, where Mom cooks a nice meal and is happy to serve you," said Pilot. "I love what I do and I hope my customers can taste it."

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