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Oroville chef pursues passion during coronavirus pandemic

One Oroville chef is going above and beyond for his community during uncertain times with the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 1:10 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- Joey Tomlinson has been his own boss for officially three days.

“It's definitely life-changing, you know. My life changed when I got the trailer because I was working part-time at a restaurant,” said Tomlinson.

A trailer that took a lot of time and hard work to attain.

He says, “In a seven month span we were dedicated. Every day we were trying to have at least three events in a week or three events in a month. Just whatever we could get.”

Joey’s Lunch To-Go is an all new food truck on the corner of Bird and Lincoln Street in Oroville. It’ll be there for all of April.

The 22 year old opened up a shop during what most businesses believe are tough times. The growing coronavirus pandemic has shut businesses down worldwide.

Yet, Joey stays positive during these uncertain times.

He says, “…with everything that's going on in the past couple weeks, I'm really trying to bring the community together and help out in a way.”

So Tomlinson has a simple menu of items that are both affordable, and tasty.

“The reason that we're doing these specials is so people can come out. It’s a quick turnaround, and they're not waiting 20 minutes, and they can feel safe sitting in their cars, and practice that social distancing,” said Tomlinson.

The Oroville community comes to Joey’s new business in waves. Pretty soon he’ll get to go to them for a change. Joey’s Lunch To-Go is in the process of establishing their own delivery service.

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