Robert Legget has been rocking Philly's food truck scene for close to four years now. His roaming warrior-mobile, Guerilla Ultima BBQ, has been rolling around these parts since he and his wife first launched the truck in 2012, serving up smoked meats in all sorts of creative ways. Now, it's time for him to bid adieu to Philly before he moves onto his next venture in beachy, breezy Milton, DE (closer than some of the New Jersey shore towns). For the Leggets, Cantina Ultima is next.
Robert touts a pretty serious culinary resume having worked in some of the best kitchens of Philly's culinary past, Susanna Foo and Guillermo Pernot's four-bell ¡Pasión! among them. He launched the truck as a temporary stepping stone to something a little more serious — four years later, he was still driving his truck, still awaiting the right circumstances to open his own brick-and-mortar. Opportunities popped up, but nothing stuck.
So Legget found a spot in Delaware, at 102 Federal Street. The landlord outfitted the entire space just for him in a neat historical building in the middle of downtown Milton, and the liquor license cost was 1% of what a Philadelphia liquor license might go for these days. The landlord did him another and introduced him to Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Brewery's founder and president. Dogfish's production facility is just a stone's throw away from the Cantina, and given Legget's long-standing relationship with Yards Brewery, plus his Cooking With Beer column in Philly Beer Scene, the landlord saw to it that they explore the idea of a close business relationship (The Dogfish Inn is just a ferry-ride away).
Cantina Ultima will still showcase Legget's love for all things smoked, but with a South American bend, so expect ceviches, smoked steaks, and barbecue platters, sourced locally and responsibly whenever possible. He's hoping for a June opening.
As for the Guerrilla Ultima truck, this isn't the end-end. Once Legget opens his new spot, "and the dust settles", look for it to pop up at Yards Brewery a few times a year — find out when via its Twitter account. In the meantime, hit up Yards Brewery this Sunday, May 15, for its last(ish) Philly hurrah.