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Russell Lind and his wife Laura own Papi's Pizza Cafe in Kankakee.

Papi’s Pizza Cafe soon will be taking its show on the road.

Owner Russell Lind, of Bourbonnais, reported the business recently purchased a 16-foot, 1995 GMC truck from a Rochester, Ill., businessman who had been using it for his cupcake/bakery business.

Lind plans to use the truck as a mobile kitchen allowing him to take his pizza and sandwich products out to the public at events such as fairs, community events and private parties.

The vehicle is being equipped with a pizza oven capable of preparing 14-inch pizzas and a flat top grill.

If all goes as planned, Lind said the vehicle will be ready by the second week of August.

He said the plan is to sell pizza by the slice, salads and sandwiches. Lind and his wife, Laura, only began exploring the idea of a food truck about a month ago. A friend informed them of this vehicle and after some negotiations, they purchased it.

An exterior wrap for Papi’s Mobile Cafe is being prepared.

The vehicle also is equipped with an awning to keep customers in the shade while ordering.

“If customers can’t make it to us, we’ll bring our food to them,” Lind said.

Lind has been operating Papi’s Pizza Cafe, 150 E. Station St., in downtown Kankakee since July 2017. Lind reports business has been doing well.

The couple also operated a carryout and delivery Papi’s location for a few months in Herscher at the site of the former Sammy’s Pizza and Tiger Den. That Papi’s location on South Main Street closed a couple months ago.

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The year 2018 will feel a lot like the year 1938 on Aug. 4 — at least when it comes to ice cream, that is.

From 8 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4, customers can purchase a 5-ounce dish of vanilla soft-serve ice cream from any of the nine Noble family-owned Dairy Queen stores. Refills also will be available at no charge.

The stores also will close their drive-thru windows to vehicles during this 90-minutes period and will use the drive-thru windows for walk-up customers as well.

It was on this date in 1938 when Sherwood “Sherb” Noble introduced soft-serve ice cream to the world with an all-you-can-eat 10-cent sale at his Kankakee store, Sherb’s Ice Cream Store, 255 S. West Ave.

During the 1938 sale, Noble served 1,600 portions and revolutionized ice cream forever.

“Dad was worried they were going to bust out the windows,” said Sherb’s daughter, Christie Noble. Two years later on June 22, 1940, Noble and his partners opened the first Dairy Queen in Joliet.

The tradition continues at the Noble family’s stores in Kankakee (2), Bourbonnais, Manteno, Momence, Aurora (2), Geneva and Batavia.

“Nothing brought my dad more joy than to hand a cone with a perfect curl to a smiling child, and we are proud to continue that legacy,” said Sue Stevens, also Sherb’s daughter.

A version of this story appeared in the Friday digital edition of the Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal’s Lee Provost writes about local business rumors, comings and goings and other notes of interest. Anyone with information to share should contact Provost at or 815-937-3364.

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