Between social distancing, mandated closures, and COVID weary customers, the restaurant industry has taken a hit this year. Many restaurateurs who once had packed venues are now wondering if they can last another month. Meanwhile, hopeful entrepreneurs feel like their culinary dreams have been put on hold indefinitely. While COVID certainly hasn’t stopped people from enjoying food, it has stopped them from dining out among crowds. Now business owners have to get creative, and custom food trucks are the answer. Is buying a food truck the right move for you?
3 Reasons Why Buying a Food Truck Makes Sense Right Now
Right now might not be the best time for brick and mortar restaurants, but it’s definitely food trucks’ time to shine.
Buying a Food Truck Means Flexibility
You have the ability to choose how, when, and where you want to operate. Do you want to serve the lunch crowd, working only Monday through Friday? Or, do you have another 9 to 5 and are looking to only work weekends? Either way, you can make it happen.
And with a food truck, you’re not locked into a lease in what could end up being a less than desirable area. If the business is slow in one part of town, you can go elsewhere. You get to go where the people are, instead of waiting for them to come to you. You can even test out different areas by asking your customer base where they’d like to see you next.
For Customers, Food Trucks are Less Hassle Than Takeout
To break up the monotony of being at home, many people look forward to eating someone else’s cooking. However, takeout has some serious downsides. If you’ve hired a delivery service to bring your food, it might be at your doorstep long after it was prepared. Your food is lukewarm and has been jostled around in the to-go containers. Food trucks, on the other hand, offer fresh food that is prepared on-site.
And let’s not forget that social distancing is a lot easier to do outside. When you stop by a restaurant to pick up your takeout, you may have to walk through a crowded foyer. Offering the ability to order and pay online makes ordering a breeze, as well.
Food Trucks are More Efficient than Brick and Mortar Restaurants
Food trucks require less staff than a traditional restaurant. You won’t need hosts, several servers, or a cleaning crew. Fewer people to manage means less time spent on managerial tasks. That means you have more time to do what you love — create and cook.
Food trucks also have less overall maintenance. Yes, food trucks certainly require upkeep and repairs, but nothing like a building. No leaky roof, outdated bathroom, or landlords to deal with.
Don’t Let COVID-19 Steal Your Business
Whether you’re a restaurant owner who needs to find a better way to serve customers, or an inspiring entrepreneur ready to break into the food business, you don’t have to let COVID-19 steal your business. At Legion Food Trucks, we create and build custom food trucks. We’re also your partner in business and help you get the certifications and licenses you need to get started. For more information, contact us today.