New life for Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen - CBS46 News

New life for Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen in wake of founder's death

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When Terry Hall was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on the day his son was born, it was both the best and worst day of their lives, according to Dawn Hall, his wife and business partner.

Terry Hall was 40 and in excellent health when he was diagnosed. He was a non-smoker and a go-getter. The Halls left their careers in the private club business for greener pastures, literally.

Terry Hall's idea was to start a food truck company that sold healthy food to people who wanted to watch what they put in their body.

After struggling to get the capital to get off the ground, the Halls hit pay dirt and were off and running in April 2012.

That year their truck, the lime green box truck with a smiley face on the side, earned the best food truck in Atlanta.

The owners of Happy Belly couldn't be happier. They started to branch out to new venues, catering different kinds of events and not just trolling the streets looking for the lunch crowd.

Booking and reservations became their ticket to success. As long as the trucks were busy, they were making money.

That all changed in August 2013 when Terry Hall was diagnosed. With two children to care for and Terry Hall having to fight his cancer, the Halls needed help. They got that help from Terry Hall's sister, Amy Bruno, and her husband, Jon.

The Brunos moved to Atlanta from Ponchatoula, LA, where they were working in the food industry at a restaurant.

The switch over for the Brunos has been a learn-as-you-go experience, but their attention to detail have not let the Halls down. Their food trucks have a 100 A rating from health inspections.

They are also staying busy, keeping commitments made while Terry Hall was still alive.

One of those commitments was to cater the wedding reception of Tony and Anna Pastore.

The bride and groom began working with Terry Hall in early 2013 before he was diagnosed.

When he passed away just two months before the wedding, the couple stayed with the company instead of jumping ship.

They also took their commitment to the company a step further, donating $500 to the college funds of the Halls' children.

Early on in the company's history, they were able to partner with the Boys and Girls Club to fight childhood obesity.

In a YouTube video, Terry Hall emotionally explains how the company has given him a purpose in life.

Honoring commitments was only one thing Terry Hall made his wife promise she would do. The other was to keep the company going and finish what they started. To that end, Dawn Hall has continued Terry Hall's work on a merger that would see Happy Belly absorb another food truck company that has seen great success in the Atlanta area.

They are in the final stages of a deal with Texas Tacos that would double Happy Belly's fleet and allow them to continue to grow.

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