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Clarendon Bar Vet Raising Money to Launch Tamale Truck

Future CociNana truck (photo via GoFundMe)

A Clarendon bar veteran is raising money to launch a new food truck in Arlington.

Michael Terrence O’Connor says on the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe that he’s hoping to raise $15,000. The money will help with various startup costs for a food truck he’s planning to launch called CociNana.

The truck will focus on serving tamales, but will also offer other comfort food, says the fundraising website. The name is intended to honor the women who taught O’Connor how to cook.

“CociNana is an endearment to the many years of my youth I spent in the kitchens of my Grandmas, Tias, Aunties and other Nanas,” he wrote.

O’Connor, who has worked at Iota Club and Sehkraft Brewing, we’re told, says he’s already put a deposit down on a truck and has the necessary Arlington permits for it.

“Iota Mike,” as one reader said he’s known as, has so far raised just over $7,000. He says he’ll use the money to reduce his monthly payment on the truck, to get branding and merchandise for the truck, to secure kitchen and depot services, and to “meet regulatory hurdles, fines and procedures.”

Incentives for donating include gift cards, free tamales or even having your name inscribed on the truck.

“I am eternally grateful for all your support and look forward to seeing you out the window,” O’Connor wrote.

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