After break, Full Belly returns for service

By W. BRIAN HALE Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 5/20/20

Ella Shubert and Alex Vila were interested in bring their own culinary skills and touch into a new food truck business in Jasper.

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After break, Full Belly returns for service

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Ella Shubert and Alex Vila were interested in bring their own culinary skills and touch into a new food truck business in Jasper.

Little did they knew their new venture, Full Belly Grill, would be sought after in the face of stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus outbreak.

While the business uses a food truck, it has a stationary location, just west of the intersection of Viking Drive and 20th Avenue East, en route to downtown businesses and near Eastside Baptist Church. 

Initially started as a way to break into restaurant ownership for Vila, graduate of culinary schools in both Birmingham and Japan, Full Belly's quickly caught on with customers — while also being lauded on social media platforms for both its service and the taste of its items.

"We have over a thousand likes on Facebook and we have been doing giveaways to help grow our visibility even further," Vila said. "The support has been great since we opened and we certainly appreciate it."

While many area restaurants were forced to adapt from dine-in to take-out orders and delivery service to serve the needs of their customers,  Fully Belly integrated call-in orders and contactless delivery to coincide with its walk-up service.

Following a brief hiatus to evaluate the safety of the staff and customers in early April, Fully Belly has returned to operation.

"There was an adjustment of our own we had to make — normally we were going to Birmingham to get our supplies for the truck, but so many stores there were shutting down, so a switch to buying our food locally was the decision we made," Shubert said. "We had a short space of time in which we had a temporary menu to allow for limited supplies, but have returned to our normal menu since mid-April."

Offering traditional food such as chicken wings, hamburgers and hot dogs to specialty items like the aloha burger and apple smoked bologna sandwich, Full Belly also offers catering with advanced notice. Picnic tables have been recently added to allow a small outdoor dining area.

The current hours of operation are from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Delivery and call-in orders can placed at 205-275-3112.