Update: Bernie's Burger Bus on hiatus after an employee death; gun reportedlyinvolved
UPDATE: Bernie's Burger Bus owner Justin Turner now says that the hiatus is not due to a mechanical problem, but because of a death in the Bernie's family. Employee Daniel Pacheco died in a "freak accident" over the weekend according to Turner, and the bus has been shutdown to give the employees, many of whom were present when the accident happened, time to grieve.
Turner wouldn't give details about what happened, except that there was a gun involved and HPD is investigating the matter. Turner says he hopes to put a food truck event together to raise money for Pacheco's family, with details to come at a later date.
"I got a call at six this morning and I was just shocked," Turner said. "I canceled the events we had scheduled for the week. He was with me from the beginning .... It's just really horrible."
There was mourning on Twitter Monday morning as popular burger truck Bernie's Burger Bus announced it was "closed indefinitely."
With the similar loss of the Hubcap Burger Truck a few months before (also temporary, but shelved as owner Ricky Craig focuses on opening in the Heights), some wondered if only the good burger trucks die young.
But according to a Bernie's representative, the lamenting won't last for long. Bernie's bus is having engine problems, and is expected to be back in service next week — or possibly in as little as two days. Though the "indefinitely" wording scared some, the rep says it was just to avoid leading people to think it would be only a day or two absence and having to continually disappoint and push back the return date.