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1004, 2020

Pros and Cons: Getting Started as a Mobile Caterer

April 10th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

A solid catering business can be an amazing extra revenue stream for any mobile food business., or even the primary source of income for many concessionaires. But before you bake catering services into your business plan, let’s consider a few of the pros and cons. BBQ Trailer built by M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks. Pros: Booking a catered event for your food truck or trailer removes a lot of the doubt and anxiety that can surround the food truck business. After all, with a scheduled, catered event, you’re not roaming the streets, looking for a place to park [...]

104, 2020

Increasing the Average Spend Per Food Truck Customer

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

In difficult times, identifying ways to deliver more value to the same number of customers can be an effective business approach. After you’ve been running your food truck for a few weeks or months, you’ll probably start noticing some trends. For example, you may have noticed that on a typical day, you serve 50 customers, but your sales numbers have plateaued. There are only a few ways to fix these “stalls” in income. You can decrease the amount of money you’re spending on food, but there’s probably not a lot of wiggle room here, without sacrificing quality. You can raise [...]

104, 2020

Can You Install an A/C in a Food Truck Kitchen?

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

Can you install an air conditioner into the kitchen of a food truck? This is a frequently asked question we receive from prospective clients contacting our manufacturing center. The short answer is yes! You can get an air conditioner installed into a mobile kitchen. In fact, this is an extremely common feature in our builds. Let's face it. It gets hot in the summer even if you operate in a Northern state. When you combine summer heat inside a food truck kitchen while running a hot oven or deep fryers, the temperature can quick climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This [...]

1703, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact on the Food Truck Industry–And What to Do About It.

March 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

COVID-19 (AKA the coronavirus) has disrupted the food truck industry. Concerts, events, and food truck festivals around the nation have been canceled as the public is strongly encouraged to stay inside their homes in an effort to minimize the spread of this nasty disease. But you already knew this. The goal of this post is to remind you that this too shall pass and to keep this health crisis in perspective. We'll also offer some practical ideas to keep your food business operating during these difficult times. Do we know how long the current situation will last? Nope.  No one [...]

903, 2020

How to Reduce Your Food Truck Suppliers and Simplify Operations

March 9th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

Operating a food truck business can be complex, but sometimes we as owners / operators make things more complicated than they need to be. One simple way I've found to make things easier to operate is by cutting back on the number of suppliers I work with. If you can narrow the number of suppliers you use, you can drastically simplify your life (not to mention your bookkeeping). For example, at one point, we had a sandwich menu that used six different types of bread.  The rye and the sourdough were easy; they came from a commercial bakery and could be [...]

2002, 2020

37 All-Time Best Grilled Cheese Food Truck Name Ideas

February 20th, 2020|Categories: Getting Started|0 Comments

Thinking about starting a grilled cheese truck, but can't find a good name? We're here to help you out. We've categorized a list of some of the best ideas we could come up with that make sense for a grilled cheese truck. In case you didn't know, you can build a really solid business around the based around this beloved sandwich. You can go upscale serving sandwiches with artisan French baked bread and cheeses. You can attract meat lovers by adding bacon or prosciutto. Finally, you could get creative by making a dessert grilled cheese made with cinnamon toast bread, [...]

1002, 2020

Eight Ways to Prevent Food Truck Theft For Your Unit

February 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

One of the unfortunate aspects of operating a food truck is that the units are targets for theft or vandalism. While you can't control the actions of bad guys, you can take measures to improve the security of the unit. While good insurance coverage can make getting back on the road easier, if your food truck is stolen you'll still be out of business for months as you wait for the insurance check to clear and a replacement vehicle to be manufactured. Fortunately, there are proven actions you can take to prevent this disruptive event from happening all together. Here are [...]

2901, 2020

7 Ways to Prevent Food Truck Burnout

January 29th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Life as the owner of a successful food truck can sometimes feel like it’s going to swallow you up. If you’re not actually on the truck cooking for your customers, you’re running around town sourcing those hard-to-find ingredients that make your culinary creations unique. You’re constantly in some state of breaking down or setting up, from draining fryers to filling water tanks to scrubbing surfaces. You’re handling endless last-minute emergencies, whether it’s an empty propane tank, a generator that refuses to start, or a zero-hour run on the artisanal sour mustard pickles that’s left you short stocked for the weekend. [...]

1001, 2020

30′ Concession Trailer with Porch

January 10th, 2020|Categories: Used Concessions|0 Comments

Price: $49,000.00 Year of Unit: 2019 Make of Vehicle: Anvil/M&R Specialties Model of Vehicle: 8.5x30 Triple Axle Trailer Mileage: 0 Fuel Type: Diesel Tank for Generator Cooking Equipment: 10'-8" Hood...No Equipment Length: 30' Height: 7.5' Client changed her mind and wanted a different trailer. This trailer has never been used! Items: Bathroom 10'-8" Hood Fire Suppression System Stereo System TV Box 6'x3' Serving Window with Screens Propane Package with (2) 100lb LP Tanks 30 gal Water Tank & 50 [...]

2010, 2019

The Power of Stories in Food Truck Businesses

October 20th, 2019|Categories: Getting Started|Comments Off on The Power of Stories in Food Truck Businesses

Stories are introduced to us almost immediately when we are born. These parables help us to learn important lessons, remember things easier and entertainment us. Even the simplest and best children's stories have the power to be passed along and retold for generations. Even though this form of communication is natural and effective, most of us don't think about sharing our story in our businesses, especially in the food truck industry. But it's essential that we do. By taking some time to reflect on our personal journey starting a business, we can use those experiences to help connect on a [...]

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