So, you’re ready to open up your own mobile kitchen business. You’ve got the business plan laid out, secured the loans to finance your new project, and now you’re looking for the best trailer to get things off the ground. How much, exactly, does a new food trailer cost? Let’s dive deep into some of the factors that go into the cost of a new food trailer. How Much Does a New Food Trailer Cost? The short answer? It depends. The cost of a food trailer in the United States can vary wildly from state to state for a number of reasons. State-Specific Regulations Each state has its own set of food service regulations that your food trailer must be compliant with in order for your business to remain viable and up to code. This means that the cost of outfitting a food trailer that meets those standards depends on exactly what regulations you are [...]
If you’re starting your own mobile food business shopping for a used concession trailer is a good place to start. There are so many things to consider when looking for the best-used concession trailer that it can be overwhelming. Prices on used trailers can be significantly lower, which means you may be able to find one you can afford without a bank loan. Used trailers often come with equipment already installed – another money-saving benefit. Once you’ve determined your budget, use these tips to keep track of the factors you should keep in mind in your search. Space and Configuration It can be challenging to navigate the various types of used concession trailers available – there are so many options and configurations. Really think about the space and storage that you’ll need for your particular food trailer. The last thing you want to do is purchase a concession trailer that doesn’t meet your specific needs. Visualize an [...]
Preparing a new concession trailer for business can be a very daunting task. They need many of the same equipment and supplies as full-sized restaurants…in a fraction of the space. Therefore, they require meticulous planning and designing. There are many factors to consider when outfitting your new food trailer with equipment. Things such as your power source, your hood space and most importantly, your local health regulations. We've outlined a few things that you should be thinking about when designing and equipping your new concession trailer. Food Storage Food storage equipment will ensure that all of your food is properly stored in compliance with health code regulations. You will need a refrigerator and a freezer to store perishable items that need to be kept cold or frozen prior to preparation. Before you buy your refrigerator or freezer, check your local health code. Many cities and states have requirements that your appliances must meet. Additionally, you will [...]
Location Location Location. Finding the perfect location could make or break your concession trailer business. Whether you are trying to figure out where you should park for the first time or are in the market for a new location, there are plenty of things you need to keep in mind.
Rules and regulations
Figuring out if you can park in any given location or if there are permits or fees should be your first step. You don’t want to break the law and put your business in jeopardy right off the bat. That is why it’s so important to figure out if you can park in a specific location before you start parking there. That’s also why you have to know the laws, regulations and rules in general.
Finding foot traffic
If a location seems perfect to you but there is not a lot of foot traffic, [...]
The mobile food industry is a hot trend right now and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. If you’ve dreamed of opening a restaurant, but the thought of taking on something so big is intimidating, a food trailer can be a great way to test the waters. It offers lower start-up costs and lower overhead. Once you have a feel for the food trailer business, you can decide if you are ready to make the leap to restaurant owner. Just as in any business, there are many things you need to know before hitting the asphalt with your shiny new food trailer. Here’s a quick guide of everything you should consider before taking your next step into the mobile food business…
There are many factors that go into determining an accurate start-up for this type of business. There are one-time costs, recurring start-up costs, and costs that can vary [...]
Just like all small businesses in the U.S., a food trailer has the potential to be extremely rewarding and profitable. It’s the ultimate venture for someone looking for a truly independent business. With a food trailer, you pick your own cuisine, strategy, and employees. Plus, you don’t have to be fully committed to a specific location – you can decide to pack up and move any time you want. While there are a lot of food trailer businesses out there, just take a look at how many concession trailers you see at your next fair. You definitely have the ability to turn a profit if you know what you’re doing. How Much Can You Make Running a Food Trailer It all depends on how much you want to work. If you just want to use your concession trailer at smaller sporting events and festivals, you could bring home up to $20,000 during the busy summer [...]
When someone asks you to think about mobile food businesses, your first thought probably goes to food trucks.
We don’t blame you – food trucks have become extremely popular over the past decade, especially in more urban areas.
But food trucks aren’t the only game in town.
3 Ways Food Trailers Are Different Than Food Trucks
Don’t forget about the food trailer, which you’ve probably seen before at large events or fairs without even realizing the difference.
While food trucks and food trailers basically serve the same purpose – delivering delicious food to patrons for a profit – there are some big important differences that set them apart. Here are three ways that a food trailer is different from a food truck.
1. Food Trailers Require a Tow Vehicle
Probably the main difference between a food truck and a food trailer [...]
Just like all small businesses in the U.S., a food trailer has the potential to be extremely rewarding and profitable.
It’s the ultimate venture for someone looking for a truly independent business. With a food trailer, you pick your own cuisine, strategy, and employees. Plus, you don’t have to be fully committed to a specific location – you can decide to pack up and move any time you want.
While there are a lot of food trailer businesses out there, just take a look at how many concession trailers you see at your next fair. You definitely have the ability to turn a profit if you know what you’re doing.
How Much Can You Make Running a Food Trailer
It all depends on how much you want to work.
If you just want to use your concession trailer at smaller sporting events and festivals, you could bring home [...]
Try as you might, it’s impossible to avoid all incidents with your food trailers.
However, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk of having an accident at your concession trailer.
3 Times to Be Especially Careful with Your Food Trailer Business
It goes without saying, you should always practice basic food trailer safety – whether at an event or at home. But there are definitely certain times when it’s more important to ensure you’re operating safely.
Here are three moments in your concession trailer operation that you need to pay extra attention to safety.
1. Food Trailer Safety While Towing
Concession trailer safety begins even before you arrive at your event. If you’re not properly prepared, some of the biggest accidents can happen while transporting your food trailer.
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.