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Dining News: Papa Dale's Becomes Culinerdy Cruzer

Papa Dale's Mobile Diner has switched its branding after two years to the Culinerdy Cruzer, Chef Keith Breedlove announced on Facebook. Here's how he explained the decision in late August:

After 2 years of good times, bad times, lean times, fat times..Amy Breedlove and I are retiring the Papa Dale's Drivin Diner brand. We feel our style, cuisine, culinerdy ness and personalities have outgrown the limitations of the brand. As many know we named it in honor of my Papa/ Grandfather, well Papa would want us to stand in front of our namesake and put ourselves out there, not behind a brand. Soooooo...in about 10 days the newly wrapped/ designed/ bad ass truck will hit the streets. I promise, bigger, bad-assier, nerdy-er then ever. You ain't seen nothing yet.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the truck, here's how they describe themselves.

Inspired by family, nostalgia, fun, and a lifelong love affair with food and cooking, the culinary team at Culinerdy Cruzer are proud to bring you a different experience in mobile dining. Our passion lies in classic, modern, futuristic comfort foods through a fusion of home-style cooking and modern technique. We pride ourselves in using whole ingredients and locally sourced farm-fresh produce in our hot rod diner on wheels.

Chef Breedlove recently announced that he was in the running for the next season of ABC cooking competition The Taste, but later announced that the timing wouldn't work out.

You can also check out a recent appearance by The Culinerdy Cruzer on Good Day Sac.

VIDEO: National Chip Day! Culinerdy Cruzer - We invited Papa Dales Culinerdy Cruzer to show off their homemade chips in celebration of last weekend's National Chip Day! On Good Day Sac Part 1 | Part 2.

The Culinerdy Cruzer can be found online at TheDinerTruck.com.

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