For Nippy’s Soul Food Restaurant, new partnership and location

Hardie Ballard, owner of Webo’s Food Truck & Catering, has partnered with his aunt and uncle, Marsha Bordeaux Corbett and William Bordeaux, owners of Nippy’s Soul Food Restaurant, to expand the capabilities of both businesses.

The partnership brings a change of location for Nippy’s from 17th and Queen streets to 2206 Carolina Beach Road. The new location will serve as a commissary kitchen for Webo’s and will provide three times the space for Nippy’s, which can now accommodate up to 105 people. The new restaurant also includes a private event space.

The merger will result in slight changes to both menus, as Ballard, known to many simply as “Webo”, incorporates some of Webo’s dishes into Nippy’s menu and vice versa. Webo’s signature dishes such as oxtail and chicken and rice will now be available at Nippy’s.

Ballard graduated from Johnson & Whales University’s culinary program and launched his first food truck 12 years ago.

“Since I’m going to be cooking for the truck and the restaurant from this location, we’re going to take the best of both and bring them together,” Ballard said.

He said he was working on creating a lunch buffet that will offer an express lunch for $10.99, as well as a weekend seafood buffet including fried shrimp and fish, a shrimp porridge, seafood casseroles and a variety of side dishes.

It’s also working on a breakfast menu as well as a full bar that will launch by August 1.

Ballard said his aunt Marsha and uncle William are still heavily involved with the business, which they founded in the fall of 2018 and named after their mother, “Miss Nippy.”

As for the food truck, Ballard still plans to serve from its “home base” at Cape Fear Restaurant Equipment, 1851 Dawson St., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or whenever the food is running out.

Ballard pointed out that while some vegetable dishes at Nippy’s are made with meat products such as pork fat, all of the vegetables served in the truck are made without meat.

The best place to follow Webo’s food truck is on Facebookwhile the Webo website is the place to go for reservations.

The full menu and ordering for NIppy’s is available online.

Nippy’s Soul Food is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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