Triple Jay's Pizzeria in Fayetteville Expands to Second Pizza Truck
At M&R Specialty Trailers and Trucks, we’re honored to have the best customers and clients in the mobile food industry. We view it as an incredible compliment when a customer returns for a second build to expand and take their business to the next level.
This is exactly what happened with Triple Jay’s Pizzeria based out of Atlanta, Georgia. The original food truck continues to serve the business well, but Triple Jay’s Pizzeria was ready to take it up a notch for the 2.0 version of their vehicle.
The vision Triple Jay’s Pizzeria brought for their second food truck was to have a more open concept that welcomed prospective diners into their mobile kitchen. This open concept would allow customers to watch their pizza being made and provide a truly unique experience in addition to the mouth-watering pizza pies being served. Below is a photo of the finished product with LaSonia Terrence, owner / operator of Triple Jay’s Pizzeria:
Triple Jay’s Pizzeria 2.0.
After the completion of the build, we sat down with LaSonia of Triple Jay’s Pizzeria to learn more about their business, how they got their start, and what’s next for this Fayetteville based mobile pizzeria in 2018. Here’s a Q/A of that conversation.
Question: Tell us about why and how you got you got into the pizza business?
LaSonia: The short answer is we moved from Philadelphia to the suburbs and we could not find a good slice of pizza anywhere. So we decided to fix our own problems and make pizza at home. We messed around and got pretty good at it and would constantly have people telling us we need to sell this so we gave it a go!
The long answer: Revolves around Family.
We are originally from Philly so roughly 15 years ago we moved to the suburbs and we couldn’t find any local pizzas where we could go grab a slice of New York style pizza. There were only the big box brands (Pizza Hut, Dominos and Papa Johns).
How? My husband decided to take matters into his own hands and make us New York style pizza at home. He already had some experience making pizza from a high school job at a local restaurant. So he taught my two sons how to make dough, sauce, and how to stretch the pizzas almost every other weekend for a few years!
Why? We relocated to metro Atlanta Area about ten years and once we settled in to our new home we soon realized that we had to drive all the way to Atlanta to find a good pizza and then only a few sold slices. So we returned to what we knew and started up the pizza making again.
Now after 15 years of making pizza we noticed that we liked our pizza at home more then when we went out! And our friends, family, kids sports teammates and church family agreed that our pizza was really good! So that’s when a lightbulb went off in my mind!
At the same time my youngest at 16-years old was driving now and didn’t need me as much as he once did. I wanted to get back in the work force, but decided to ask my husband if he would be willing to finance my home catering business, he agreed! But I quickly learned that I could not run a catering business out of my home and be up to code! So we shifted gears and settled on the food truck idea!
Two slices of delicious New York style pizza.
Question: What style of pizza are you most best known for?
LaSonia: We make New York style pizza. We are known for our Buffalo Chicken pizza and our Pepperoni.
Question: Why did you decide to expand into a second truck?
LaSonia: My 21-year old helps me with the truck and has been hinting at him running the truck as the head. He figures we routinely get calls for the truck for the same day and with a second truck I could take a crew to one event and he could take a crew to another.
So when we were rear ended on I-75 by a car in August we decided to take this down time as an opportunity to expand.
Question: What do you feel like is your recipe for success in the mobile food business?
LaSonia: Our recipe for success is centered on feeding people great tasting food at a reasonable price. While providing the most professional service we can as fast as when can! We try to keep our wait time to under three minutes or better, which is something our customers really appreciate!
Inside Triple Jay’s Pizzeria.
Question: What’s the coolest event you’ve ever done?
LaSonia: The coolest event: Moonride Atlanta where city of Atlanta blocks off several streets to traffic so cyclists can ride throughout the city without fear of getting ran over. The riders wear crazy looking outfits as well.
Question: What does the future hold for Triple Jay’s Pizzeria?
LaSonia: Hopefully we can sell out first franchise in a few years once we have proven the business model some more and open up our first brick and mortar restaurant. More and more people are asking if and when we’ll be opening a shop!
We want to thank Triple Jay’s Pizzeria for taking the time to share their story and experience with us! If you would like to learn more about Triple Jay’s Pizzeria or see where they’ll be stopping next, visit their website or like their page on Facebook.