Bordertown Grill, a new food truck in Blaine, officially opened for business on April 17.
Owner Ken Jensen has had years of experience working in high-end restaurants in the area. He spent 10 years as a chef at Semiahmoo Resort and another two at the Silver Reef Hotel and Casino. He’s also worked as a chef in restaurants in Seattle and Brooklyn. Now, he’s branching out on his own with a food truck.
“I decided to go for something a little more interesting to me,” Jensen said. “I wanted to be able to do my own thing.”
Bordertown Grill sells what Jensen calls “straight-up American food.” The restaurant specializes in twists on classic favorites, such as a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, toasted onions and Sriracha sauce, or a Gardenburger served on a ciabatta bun.
“I prefer simple diner food,” Jensen said. “The kind of stuff that everybody can enjoy.”
Jensen is still looking for a permanent home for the truck. Bordertown Grill is currently parked in the Evergreen Cannabis parking lot at 977 Peace Portal Drive. Jensen has put out requests to other businesses in the area to serve as a possible home base, and is waiting on a response.
Until then, the Peace Arch City Café has given Jensen a place to park after hours, and the owners have been sharing their kitchen for prep duties each morning.
For now, Jensen is enjoying the process as he builds a customer base around town. The food truck provided the munchies for Evergreen Cannabis’ 4/20 celebration, and the word is starting to get around.
“Things are starting to pick up,” he said. “We’ve had the usual hurdles that you have when starting a small business, but nothing too bad.”
For a full menu and hours of operation, visit Bordertown Grill’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/bordertowngrill.