Mobile Food Cart Business – Street Food Tradition

The mobile food cart business has actually been around for quite awhile in various cities all over the globe as part of the street food culture. Various forms of these trucks and carts have been used on cattle drives, to feed hungry soldiers during wars, and to haul fresh fruits and vegetables to market for sale.

These culinary delights on wheels have taken the form of carts such as hot dog stands that can be wheeled to a stationary spot and wheeled away at the end of the day, ice cream trucks, pretzel carts and the like. There are food trucks and food carts that are selling everything from sandwiches to a complete lunch with a beverage included, and even a gourmet meal if that is what you have a taste for from gourmet food trucks. There are also catering trucks set up by chefs as part of their catering businesses.

These food trucks and food carts are increasingly popular with the lunch time crowd near office buildings, bus and train stations, stadiums, malls, conference centers as a convenience to busy crowds that have less time and due to the economy even less money these days.

The figure for these mobile feasts on wheels has been put at about 3 million for food trucks and about 5 million for food carts operating just in the United States alone.

What are some of the benefits of a mobile truck and mobile food cart business?

Of course there is the convenience of having one in a location that is easy to reach for breakfast or lunch. The service is fast and inexpensive and you don’t have to pay for restaurant extras like wait staff, and the food is generally already ready to eat, so you don’t have to wait while it is being prepared, and the food is generally tasty. Food trucks especially also have the convenience of going from place to place to meet the breakfast or lunch time crowds taking meals where the people are.

What does it take to start your own?

You will need a vehicle of course, either a truck or a mobile cart, a business license, a permit, and some insurance and some talent for preparing food, if you’re a chef you can prepare it in your restaurant kitchen and head on down to your spot and start selling your items or you need to have a great vendor for ready to eat meals.

For more information about opening a mobile food cart business click on the link to


• Chef

For some great information on starting a cooking business a great reference is:

• Restaurant and More by Entrepreneur Magazine

• Start Your Own Food Truck Business by Entrepreneur Press and Rich Mintzer

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