News 5 at 6 – Food Trucks Are Gaining Popularity in Central Nebraska / August 8, 2014

. Places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago are saturated with food trucks. Over the past few years mobile restaurants have taken the dining industry by storm…. And as News 5’s Kelly Baumgarten explains… the food truck frenzy is even making its way to central Nebraska. Food trucks are driving up to a parking lot near you. “On a good day we can have 100 customers.” Arnie Perez owns Tony’s tacos in Hastings. Such mobile restaurants are one of the fasting growing sectors in the dining industry. NATS “we used to have an old mini van and from there we got to this trailer and its gone better.” The mobile Mexican restaurant has been open for the past 9 years. While business started out slow… “its kind of going better and better every year.” Stand up: and what’s got customers hooked on the mobile restaurant? It’s their tacos. “Once I discovered them we ate with our daughter a few weeks ago and she ordered them and i realized how great they were.” But it’s not just Hastings that’s attracting the meals on wheels. The food truck fad has hit Grand Island too. “I couldn’t afford to really do brick and mortar and they had a lot of food trucks in New York so I thought that’s a cheap good alternative to a brick and mortar.” Meet sonephet manivong (sahn-ped man-i-vong). After managing his uncle’s restaurant in New York the past 3 years, he was inspired to bring food trucks to central Nebraska. “I went on Craig’s list and bought an ice cream truck for 5,000 dollars.” Manivong’s food truck, Sticky rice, features Thai and Loatin food. He says the key to success in the mobile restaurant business is variety. “Keep it fresh and interesting get a lot of feedback from customers” And what do customers love the most about the food truck frenzy? The convenience. “it’s nice to sort of swing by get something on the go where you don’t have to walk into a restaurant stand around and wait you can just roll up and move on.” “they just drive up on their lunch break pick it up they can go to the park they can go back and eat it at the office they can eat in their car.” And customers say they’re crossing their fingers that even more food trucks roll in to central Nebraska. “If we got some more food trucks around here we could have a food truck night where we get a bunch of them in a parking lot and there’s a culture with that you can show up and pick and choose and everybody gets to eat together.” . Owners of the food trucks say the low overhead cost combined with the mobility is what makes them so successful. Both owners say they also

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