MULLINS, S.C. -- Craig Hopkins’ food truck business has grown at such a rapid pace that he set up shop in Mullins along U.S. 76, where he calls it “your kitchen on a curb.”

Chop Curbside Catering serves a variety of food items, adding a new destination for the lunch crowd in Marion County.

“We’ve been at this location almost three months,” Hopkins said. “Before, we were at fairs, carnivals and other local spots.”

Hopkins started the business with his uncle Johnny Campbell. The duo cooked together so often they decided to make it a full-time job. His aunt, Eunice Campbell, also helps out.

“It’s profitable, and we love to serve the community,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said he has been excited about the crowds visiting and has been praying their work continues to serve others. The business is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It closes at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The most popular items on the menu are the chicken wings prepared by the “The Chicken Dr.”

“We have fried chicken, we have Carolina gold wings, hot wings, honey barbecue wings,” Hopkins said. “We also have pork chop sandwiches, fish, salads, hot dogs, chili cheese fries, shrimp plates and more.”

On Fridays, the specials are grilled ribeye steaks and barbecue.

Hopkins got his start cooking for family reunions and church. He turned his attention to creating a family business that includes help from his aunt, uncle, wife and brother-in-law.

“The business was created for my son C.J. Hopkins,” he said. “He is graduating next month from Claflin University, and I just want him to have a family business that he can say that he owns and the family can be a part of.”

Hopkins, an associate pastor at Marion Christian Fellowship, said he has a love for people and wants to continue to create job opportunities for others.

“I love it,” he said. “We’re going to keep going, and I thank God for the community.”

For more information or to place orders, call 843-618-2198.

Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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