When you do not have a lot of money or time but want a delicious lunch, mobile food businesses may be the best solution.
Although this model is re-emerging with greater popularity, it has really fed generations of diners.
And if you multiply the following six options with the great variety of foods that you can serve, the possible locations and the hours of attention, the options for your business are endless.
1) Food kiosks
Food kiosks are booths or temporary stands used to prepare and sell foods such as pretzels, ice cream and hot dogs. The ease and flexibility offered by this modality is the reason that makes it so popular.
They can be operated indoors such as stadiums, cinemas, shopping centers or other locations, as well as outdoors. There are some franchises (especially of coffees, crepes, etc) that offer it.
2) Food Carts
This style of mobile food business has been around for decades and is a million dollar industry.
Most carts prepare food from before or buy products already made to sell; then, they are only heated or taken out of the freezer.
The original carts focused on foods such as hot dogs, fruit, eskimos and ice cream, but today they have expanded to others like kebabs, tacos and hamburgers. These are inexpensive and can be transported by car or manually.
3) Food trucks or food trucks
Larger than carts, trucks can carry more food and do more business, but they also need more space to park.
A truck can carry more sophisticated equipment to store, serve, cook and prepare food. These can be present at fairs and events, be part of a franchise or participate in a gourmet fair.
There are mainly two types: the mobile food preparation vehicle, where the food is cooked and the customers wait; and the industrial catering vehicle, which sells only pre-prepared foods.
4) Gourmet food trucks
Basically the same as food trucks, they serve high quality food. They are run by ambitious chefs whose food is not usually served in a mobile way.
Most gourmet trucks have specialties and they let their customers know where they will be found through their website or social networks like Twitter.
5) Mobile catering business
Mobile catering trucks are similar to food trucks, but they are hired for specific events. The customer chooses the food from the catering menu, and the truck serves it at the event.
The differences between food trucks and catering are in the way of doing business.
One particular advantage of the catering business is that you do not risk a lot of inventory since you cook and carry food as ordered for the party. You also have a specific destination, so you do not have to worry about the location.
6) Restaurants on buses
Generally they are double-decker buses where the kitchen is located in the lower one, and the diners in the upper one.
This concept is new and has not been proven. They require a large parking space and a higher initial cost to adapt the bus.