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Hot Mess Food Truck is opening a brick and mortar storefront

Hot Mess Food Truck is opening a brick and mortar storefront

Jack McLaughlin

Center Street Market has a hot mess on its hands. And that’s a good thing.

This is because the popular Hot Mess Food Truck will be occupying a vendor space in the Hilliard development. Andrea Ciardelli, a member of the Hot Mess ownership group, told (614)now the details in an exclusive interview.

It will be the first-ever brick and mortar space for Hot Mess, and it could open as early as this winter, depending on construction timelines.

Hot Mess launched roughly 18 months ago as a passion project of owners Andrea, John, and Todd Ciardelli, serving up a slate of big, indulgent burgers. Their menu features items like the Our Jam Burger, with house-made bacon jam, cambozola cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, and mayo, as well as their Spicy Shroom Burger. 


The food truck also features a line of creative mac and cheese options, like buffalo blue cheese and chicken bacon ranch. 

And even though they’ve been a hit on the food truck circuit, its owners have always envisioned Hot Mess as a brick and mortar space. The food truck will continue to operate once the restaurant opens as well.

The burger specialists will take on the twelfth and final vendor spot in Center Street Market, which is located at 5354 Center St. in Hilliard. Anchored by Crooked Can Brewing, the space is also home to Meatball Mafia, The Cheesecake Girl, Pitabilities, and more. 

“We are really excited about this final vendor. We held out for the right fit and felt that Hot Mess was the perfect partner,” said Stacy St. Julian, a member of the Center Street Market ownership group. “It will round out the variety of options that we already have in the market by adding an Americana-type menu that will offer burgers, mac and cheese, and many other exciting opportunities.”

According to Ciardelli, the move will allow Hot Mess to expand their offerings as well. 

“The food truck doesn’t have a fryer, so we’re going to add one,” she said. “That means we’ll start serving chicken fingers, fries, and probably even a loaded mac and cheese with chicken.”

Hot Mess is currently awaiting the requisite permits before the build-out of their Center Street Market space can begin. Ciardelli says the construction should take roughly eight weeks to complete.

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