Truck Stop

By Amanda Johnston | Posted on 02.04.15 – Then & Now

It may seem the food truck craze of the past few years is new, but in fact it is a longstanding American tradition. Food trucks gained popularity in the 1950s and ’60s with ice cream trucks known for their jingles, which still ring nostalgically through our neighborhoods. George Ambush, an African American entrepreneur, was at the forefront of this fashionable trend in the 1940s with his lunch wagon.

Known for its catchy slogan, “The six wheeled diner, where service is finer,” Ambush’s food truck served tasty sandwiches and hot dogs. The majority of Ambush’s clientele were employees of local Frederick companies like Price Electric and Frederick Iron & Steel, which would coordinate their lunch hours to accommodate the lunch wagon’s schedule.

Today, Downtown Frederick is known for its diverse and delectable restaurants and there are many choices for local employees to sample at lunchtime. Giving locals and visitors alike the opportunity to try new mouth-watering lunch and dinner dishes at reasonable, fixed prices, Frederick Restaurant Week, featuring more than 30 restaurants, will take place next month from March 2-8.

For more information on Frederick Restaurant Week, visit, and to learn more about our community’s traditions and history, visit the Museum of Frederick County History at 24 E. Church St., on Facebook and Twitter (@FredCoHistory), or call 301-663-1188.