Two weeks ago, Patrick, Ali, and I piled into the car and drove to Connecticut. Our hopes where high as we drove south from Boston to look at a step-van and finalize the blueprint for the build-out of our truck kitchen. Since Bon Me won a parking spot on City Hall Plaza, time has been ticking to register the business, buy a truck, develop a menu, come-up with a blue-print for the kitchen, get the kitchen plan approved by the City’s Department of Health and the Fire Department, rework our logo, put up a website, start this blog, get tweeting, etc. Of course anyone could tell you the truck is THE essential piece of a gourmet food truck business. It is the shell to our mobile kitchen. It is the icon of our business. It is the headquarters of our business.
Our first stop in Connecticut was Creative Mobile Systems (CMS), a family owned business that specializes in custom food trucks and cart. We met with their chief engineer, Steve, to discuss the design of our truck. We discussed the pros and cons of different lighting options, service window heights, counter sizes, and electrical outlets. After making a few minor changes to our building plan, Patrick signed a contract with them and gave them a huge chunk of money. Keep in mind dear reader, this was all done and we still did not have a truck!
Stop two was Jukonski Truck Sales where we met with “Big Jim” to discuss, drive, and possibly buy a truck he found for us. With the two hour drive from Boston and the money down on the kitchen, we were hoping that this truck would work out. This is a truck we had only read about on paper. Her stats sounded good, but we were still nervous. None of us had ever bought a truck and I was the only one who had experience buying a used car which really isn’t saying much because the first thing that struck me about the truck was its cheery appearance. Knowing we didn’t have the knowledge or experience to fully assess this truck we drove it down the street to Joe’s Auto Electric where they gave the truck a thorough once over. (If you are ever in Middletown, CT and need a repair, these guys are legit.) She checked-out well. There was one small crack that needed to be welded and a wiper sprayer that needed to be replaced which Big Jim said he would fix.
Patrick signed the papers and the former DHL step-van became the property of Bon Me!