Restaurant or Food Truck: Which Is Better for a Beginner?

The days when food trucks were associated with grungy building sites and fried food at the fair are long gone. These flexible small business ventures are recognized as an exciting and viable option for foodies wanting to follow their dreams.…
Food Trucks Cooking up Restaurant Empires

To general manager Elizabeth Petrosian of Portland, Oregon’s Burrasca, launching the rustic Tuscan concept as a food truck — or cart, as it’s called in Portland — was the critical first step towards realizing that she and chef Paolo Calamai’s…
Starbucks to Test Mobile Trucks on College Campuses this Fall

Starbucks has built retail locations in dozens of college campuses across the country. Now they’re expanding further with mobile delivery methods to get caffeine to more students. Arizona State University is one of three campuses picked for testing the new…
Are Food Trucks Eating Restaurant Profits?

Tensions are rising between brick and mortar restaurant owners and food truck creators, with the former claiming the later is taking away their business. With 300 cities welcoming roving food providers with open arms, there are now over 4,000 trucks…
Food trucks: Good route to opening a restaurant?

The food-truck phenomenon is taking over, from Food Network programs to weekly gatherings of food trucks of all kinds here in Phoenix. But the trucks, which dish up everything from exotic fare to American staples, are expensive, and whether or…
Restaurants reinvent the food truck

Nothing beats escaping the office for a summer lunch outside. Maybe you were organized enough to pack your lunch. Even better: Your favorite restaurant rolls up to the curb and hands you a paper carton of teriyaki chicken nestled on…

For some chefs in the making, a mobile food truck is an easy way to break into the food service business. And for others, it’s just a steppingstone. No overhead, limited staff with business hours and a location that can…

When the USA Today food columnist recently documented America’s worst culinary trends for Forbes, he placed food trucks at the top of the list, beating out such abominations as TV cooking competitions, gastropubs and restaurants named for (but rarely featuring…

Food truck operators in Chicago can finally cook onboard their vehicles, as they do across much of the U.S., under an ordinance approved Wednesday that also keeps in place a parking restriction that many owners say could drive them out…

For many small businesses like Clover Food Lab, social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs offer a relatively inexpensive way to build brand loyalty and reach potential customers. But many companies are still very reactive – coming to…

Hundreds of gourmet food trucks call the L.A. streets home, with more revving up all the time. Some are independents. Others are linked to trendy restaurants run by red-hot chefs. But now the food truck craze has drawn in restaurant…

Ethnic food — from Korean to Thai to El Salvadoran — has become more familiar to the average U.S. consumer, and increasingly people are finding out about these cuisines not from mom-and-pop restaurants or specialty stores, but via food trucks.…

When Anamika Khanna and Tim Volkema, two of Kasa Indian Eatery’s owners, learned that the Department of Public Works would start taking applications for food-truck permits on Mar. 7, 2011, they camped outside the office for three rainy nights, joining…

While tension grows between food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants, some local trucks are parlaying their success into opening brick-and-mortar locations. An actual restaurant – or even a casual cafe – is a way to keep finances in order and ensure…

At first, the Tempest Bar’s Tony Cooney welcomed Off The Grid, a convergence of five to six food trucks that parked several feet away from his Natoma Street restaurant every Wednesday. “Our lunch crowd was down by about 75 percent,”…

A burgeoning trend in the food industry is rolling into Abilene. As of October, the city had permitted 19 mobile food vendors this year, said Glenn Bailey, manager of the Environmental Health Division in the city’s Planning and Development Services.…

Los Angeles, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Innovation, as practiced by Nissan’s creative design, engineering and product development teams can take many forms – from the recently introduced “most room for the dollar” Nissan Versa Sedan to the all-new category defining Nissan NV…

Matt Coggin, owner of D.B.A. Barbecue in Virginia-Highland, can track the arrivals of food trucks in his neighborhood by the drop-off in his business when the trucks pull up near Dark Horse Tavern less than a mile away. Wednesdays have…

Many of the owners of the most successful and popular food trucks are opening brick-and-mortar locations. The low-cost and investment required by a food truck helps restaurant owners break into the business. Loyal fans and buzz is created without high…

The owners of some of the most successful trucks are using the knowledge, fame and bankability gained from operating their mobile eateries to start sit-down restaurants. “To grow a restaurant from the ground up is impossible,” said Eric Tjahyadi, who…

LANSDOWNE, Va.  (RestaurantNews.com)  Travelers visiting Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport can now enjoy their favorite street craze when they travel.  SSP America, the North American division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide,…

Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares” may not sound like a good source of positive publicity, but it has turned around some restaurants. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay helps restaurant owners pinpoint why their business is failing and implements key changes. Mike and Nellie’s,…

Food trucks are a culinary trend. They are suddenly everywhere. The Los Angeles Times covered one of the early and most famous of these trucks, the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck, which launched in late 2008. Trucks move constantly, “broadcasting”…

Craving a gourmet meal on the fly? Food trucks plying American streets are delivering increasingly varied and sophisticated fare to the urban palate. Mobile kitchens offer hamburgers made from grass-fed cows, artisan breads, ethnic blends like Korean tacos and gourmet…

Moe’s Southwestern Grill is holding their next Free Queso Day on Wednesday, July 20th. All guests between 11 am and 9 pm will receive a free 6 oz container of queso dip with no purchase required. Guests are also invited…

 A new study by Technomic reveals good news for mobile food vehicles, as 91 percent of consumers polled who are familiar with food trucks say they view the trend as having staying power and not a passing fad. Only 7…

The Wendy’s/Arby’s Group has successfully sold the Arby’s chain to Roark Capital. The original company will be renamed The Wendy’s Company immediately. Roark Capital now owns over 20 franchise brands including Arby’s. The Wendy’s Company will retain a 18.5 common…

Should the city allow food trucks in Asheville’s central business district? The question has turned into a fiery debate, with fierce opinions on both sides. After nearly a year of intense discussion, food-truck vendors are still at odds with many…

Denny’s recently added new healthy and low calorie options to their menu of classic breakfast and brunch foods. The new Fit Fare meals focus on high protein and fiber combined with lower calorie counts and less fat. The Fit Slam…