Food Truck: What is it? Which are the most famous? How to open it? How should it be managed? How can Ristomanager help you?
Follow me in these paragraphs and you will discover the world of the so-called cloister-van!
You know those American movies where men in suits go out of their office, take a hot dog and sit on a bench?
Or, again, those cartoons where the children are given a coin because the ice cream truck has arrived?
Although its origin is Californian, nowadays also in Italy there are numerous examples of Food trucks.
If once the motto was “let it all go and I open a kiosk in the Caribbean”, now it’s “I close my restaurant and open a food truck”.
Lately the initiatives involving these trucks are multiplying.
In almost all Italian cities, fairs dedicated to Street Food are being held, that is, food purchased and consumed literally in the street, outside the supermarket, bars and restaurants.
We can define food trucks just like this: they are itinerant vans equipped with a kitchen for preparing and selling meals of various kinds, as well as snacks and typical specialties.
But let’s not be fooled by the appearance: there are very high quality food trucks that prepare top quality foods.
The most famous food trucks in the world
- Le Camion à Pizzas al Centquatre, located in Paris. It offers pizzas with various types of seasonings in a super chic truck.
- Die Dollen Knollen-Puffermanufaktur. It is located in Berlin and offers delicious potato rosti with smoked fish and cottage cheese seasonings.
- Emerson Fry Bread (Phoenix, Arizona) is the only one in the United States to specialize in Native American cuisine with a pinch of Mexican.
- Lembo Bistrot, an Italian example. It is located in Turin and offers choco-kebabs, waffles and marshmallows aboard an English Bedford. What makes it unique is the fact that the owners have created Beer Bike Baladin, a 12-seat rickshaw on which you can drink excellent beer while pedaling, and Moto Grill Guzzi, a motorbike heirloom from which come out smoldering Apulian bomblets
How to open a food truck? Everything you need to know
The fundamental thing in this activity is having a defined gastronomic idea.
From the concept, it will be possible to develop a marketing plan and a business plan that fixes a budget and commercial strategies, such as advertising through social media.
The great advantage of the food truck is the abatement or reduction of most of the typical costs of a restaurant, starting from the rent of the restaurant, which in big cities becomes more and more expensive when inflation increases.
However, the set-up difficulties should not be underestimated.
The initial investment is around 35 thousand euros, mainly due to the purchase of the truck, or truck.
In fact, the first thing to do is find the right gusto.
You can play around with colorful vintage vans and small Ape cars, but consider that they are unsuitable for long journeys and you may need a support laboratory.
In this regard, there are companies that specialize in selling modern and complete vans.
Besides the contained costs, another point in favor of food trucks is the fact that having itinerant itinerant licenses is easy.
They are obtained by applying in the municipality of residence and have national value.
To carry out food and drink administration activities, you must have worked at least 2 years in catering, attended the hotel school or similar degrees and diplomas, otherwise you must follow a 130-hour course.
A certification is also required to have all the moral requirements in order.
Being a retail trade activity on a public area, to start with it also requires a SCIA – Certified Activity Start Report – a statement that allows companies to start a business without having to wait for authorization from the competent bodies. It should be made for the foodtruck, for a laboratory if one has it and if catering services are also provided for that.
How to manage it
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