’There’s a lot of ups and downs’ owner says about running a food truck

Owner says most people underestimate difficulty of owning a food truck
Updated: Jan. 1, 2019 at 6:23 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A food truck business popular in Tyler is expanding into Nacogdoches. Today, the owner of the Say Cheese Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich truck held a grand opening in downtown Nacogdoches. If you’ve ever thought about quitting that nine-to-five to open your own food Owner truck, there are a few things you may want to know.

Ask Chris Bostick why he bought a food truck, and he’ll say…

“I love it, you know. We got into it because I wanted to build community," Bostick said. "As you see out the front window, there’s people who’ve never met each other, never seen each other and they’re hanging out, asking about the sandwiches.”

While owning a food truck is a dream job for some, Bostick says it’s is anything but “easy-cheesy”.

“A lot of people who get into it, they think that well if I get into it, I’m gonna instantly make money," Bostick said. "They just think well I make a good taco, I’m gonna make that taco and that’s it.”

The reality is that it takes careful planning. You need market research to understand what the people in your area want. You also have to make sure your city will allow you to operate a food truck.

“You have to make sure that food trucks are okay in your city," Bostick said. "Some cities, they don’t allow mobile food units. That’s really the biggest thing is just doing what they want you to do. Setting up the truck the right way, the three compartment sinks, all that stuff, and every city is a little different.”

No matter where you go, you’ll have to have your truck checked by a health inspector and obtain a business license in your city or county.

“Then, obviously, where do you park? Some cities only allow you to park in city parking," Bostick said. "Some cities allow you, with permission, to park in other areas, and so that’s what makes it kind of difficult. It’s finding those locations that people are gonna cross your path where you can make money and at the same time, following all the rules that the city has laid out for mobile food units.”

So if you’ve done your market research, created a solid business plan, and consulted local city ordinances, opening a food truck like this one might be a good idea. If not, you might not want to quit your job just yet.

Say Cheese’s schedule for is posted on their Facebook page every Sunday.

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