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A new food trolley, Blue Star departures and Craft Lager Fest's cancellation

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Trolley fare

The newest food truck to hit the scene is actually a trolley, named Miss Molly the Trolley, aka the Good Golly Grub Trolley (grubtrolley.com). Co-owners Katie Sage and Carly Fortune remain in the process of scouting out Molly's true history, which dates back at least decades to a Florida tourist boardwalk; they bought it off eBay from its most recent owner in Montrose.

Based out of a prep kitchen inside Big House Sports (2660 Vickers Drive), the on-board eating vessel now parks regularly at Nano 108 and Great Storm brewing companies for late hours, with more breakfast stops coming soon; visit its Facebook page to track. As for said "grub," the women describe themselves as passionate home cooks who've worked in restaurants extensively. The from-scratch menu's made up of "comfort food, recognizable, but with small twists," says Fortune. Look for everything from pot roast sliders and fried mac 'n cheese to sloppers to cinnamon-roll waffles, plus local Rizuto's gelato.

Blue Star dust

A couple of familiar faces have recently departed The Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net) and larger Blue Star Group.

Executive pastry chef Alicia Prescott, who presided over the launch of Ivywild School's Old School Bakery as a final coup in her seven years' service, resigned to spend more time with her 2-year-old daughter. After 20 years in the biz, she says, she wanted to "live a normal life" not comprised of mostly 60-hour work weeks. She jokes that she now has more time, having left her one job for four part-time jobs: She teaches cake-decorating classes; pulls a few shifts weekly with Summit Catering; has just signed on to consult with the Antlers Hilton; and will instruct pastry classes at Pikes Peak Community College come fall.

Prescott has left former head baker Heather Sheridan in charge at Old School: "She'll call for advice and we'll talk — I'm still spiritually involved."

Next up and out: Indy 2013 Best Bartender winner Nate Windham, who for now can be found one door over at Distillery 291's tasting room on Friday and Saturdays, as well as at his old haunt, Red Martini, on Wednesdays.

"The Blue Star was going a different direction behind the bar and didn't need me anymore," the former assistant GM says of the sudden split, after roughly four years. He says the notion of starting his own place, provided a willing backer, has been "in the back of [his] head" for some time.

Craft crap-out

Visit our IndyBlog (tiny.cc/nmk7gx) for the word on the cancellation of the 2014 Craft Lager Festival, this being the first year that the Norris-Penrose Event Center had adopted the fest from its previous organizers.

— Matthew Schniper

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