Why You Should Start a Food Trailer Before Opening a Restaurant

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own restaurant?

You’ve picked out your name, the type of cuisine you want to serve, and the perfect location in that new food hall in the up-and-coming neighborhood in your city.

But there’s one problem: you have no experience running a restaurant, let alone a concession trailer. So, before you go all Top Chef, take a second to think about if you’re really ready for all the hard work and effort that goes into running a restaurant – especially if you’re a rookie.

3 Reasons You Should Open a Food Trailer Before a Restaurant

If you’re seriously thinking about starting your own dining establishment and you have little to no experience running a restaurant, you might be better suited to earn your chops with a food trailer.

Here are three reasons a food trailer probably makes more sense than a restaurant.

You’ve mapped out your concession trailer strategy. You know exactly what you want to sell and where you want to sell it.

But before you hit the road, you need to make sure your mobile business has the proper certifications and permits you need to operate legally.

Make Sure You Obtain These Concession Trailer Permits

There may be some exceptions, but most food trailer businesses need to get at least these six certifications and permits to stay within the law.

1. General Business License

Your concession trailer is considered a business, so you need to obtain a general business license that covers your home location as well as any city where you might be selling.

2. Food Service and Food Safety Permits

Any business that prepares, cooks, or sells food – that means your food trailer – must obtain food service and food safety permits from their local county.

Concession trailers have their benefits over traditional food trucks when it comes to interior space to prepare and cook food. But those benefits don’t matter unless you have a vehicle that can effectively move your food trailer from one place to another.

The Best Way to Tow Your Concession Trailer

To determine the best vehicle to tow your food trailer, you first need to understand how much your trailer and equipment inside will weigh. A good starting estimate would be between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds – but this weight could differ depending on your menu and equipment needed to prepare your food. Using that weight as a guideline, here are three suitable options you have to tow your concession trailer.

1. Towing Your Concession Trailer with a Pickup Truck

The first option that probably comes to mind is your trusty pickup truck. People use trucks to tow anything from campers to construction equipment. [...]

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