First thing they’ll tell you is to develop a layout (site) plan.. (This includes equipment specs (including flooring, wall covering, ceiling, lighting), location of the equipment, wiring diagrams, plumbing diagrams, etc).. Then you’ll need to submit your plan before you can start building. This may not be true in every state, but I’ve seen more then not require this step. Have your checkbook ready.. I believe this stage runs about $250 bucks in Michigan. Being the cheap arse I can be, I’d probably build it first then try for an inspection.. But if this didn’t fly, it could cost you extra time, money and effort in the long run.
Also I have full respect to you for paying in cash, up front for everything! Only way to do it.. At least the profits from day one will going in your pocket, vs. the bankers interest rates..
Go to the Cook County health Department and ask for their specs on concession trucks. That would be your first step. They will have the specs on everything you will NEED to have in the truck. Your taxes pay for these people to help you so don’t be afraid to ask questions they might not be the nicest people around but they are there to help you not just aggrivate you.
Hello to all on this awsome food forum.Just need a few questions answered if possible please?I am building a lunch truck from scratch,and i know it wont be easy.I want to serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches.This is not an instant brain fart here,i have been wanting this for quite some time.I already purchased a stepvan that has 7 X 18ft of empty space.I also have a new 24"flat griddle,24"char-broiler,6’refridge sandw prep table,4’steam table,double basket deep fryer,and elect food warmers,meat slicer,3 bay sink+hand wash sink,Ect,ect..I paid cash so i didnt want a business loan to deal with.Was I wrong to pre purchase all this equipment before talking to the health dept.Yes I found my commissary.This truck probably wont be operating for at least another year.What wonderfull things can I expect in the future building of my truck from the friendly folks at the cook county illinois health dept?Will they give me a list of exact specs and types of materials so it is built correctly?What do you think will be the biggest problem i will have to deal with? Im sure i will need a large propane run generator.Is there a size limit to propane tanks i can mount and where to mount them.Too many questions to ask now but all advice will be greatly appreciated from all you happy food maniacs out there..Happy New Year[:o)]..Thanks!!
Building a lunch truck
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