The advise I give folks is to go with a mobile kitchen. I believe that you can do it for the 6K . Let me rephrase that… WE could do it for under 6K but we would be buying everything used, we would do all the work and we would fabricate a lot of stuff ourselves. I do not know what kind of skills you have. Or if you have the ability and imagination to “re-purpose” things.
I would also suggest that you start out with the easy stuff (dogs, sausages) then expand your menu one or two items at a time as you get worked into a groove.
I don’t know much about trailers, but I would find it hard to believe you could get in for $6,000. Every Health Dept is different, but you are probably going to have to have a commercial refrigerator, maybe freezer for Philly cheese steaks. Can get into a cart easily for $6,000 but would have to forgo the philly cheese steak most likely. On my cart I have reg dogs, jumbo dogs, polish sausage, spicy hot links and nachos. I am located in Blue Springs, MO near KC. If you’re ever over on this side of state, stop in and I will give you as much info as I can. Am in front of city hall M-F 11-3.
I have been wanting for the past year or so to start my own hot dog cart/stand. What is some of the things, I may need to know to get started? I can spend maybe around 6,000 for a cart/trailer, but what is better cart’s, or enclosed trailers? I want to do Phili cheese steaks, and Hot dogs, Nacho’s, Fries. Sodas Water, and maybe some soups with bread bowls during the winter season.
I need to know what cart/trailer to buy and things to watch out for so I do not get scammed. I’m willing to work hard and long, and do my research.
I would like alot of imput. Will I make money by doing this? I understand Customers don’t shell money out unless the food is good and location is everything. I understand it may take awhile to turn profits, as well as build up my customer base. I have the capital, I have the labor, but I need some good old fashion schooling.
How much of each item will I need for every day sales, I dont want to over buy anything and then have to throw it out. any advice will be much needed.
Thanks for all those who read or respond.
You will more than likely need an enclosed trailer to do what you want, especially in MO during the winter months. And then you have the health dept to contend with, the cheesesteaks may just require an enclosed unit to prepare. Right now I basically have two items, Philly Cheesesteaks and Chicago Style dogs. I work out of a 6×10 trailer with a 36″ flat grill, and steam table w/cook pot. Things are just now starting to take off after 6 weeks in the same location.
And then the money issue, honestly, $6000 will get you into a hot dog cart, but I doubt it will be enough to get you into an enclosed unit unless you found a used unit, but I can only imagine what you would wind up with. Your menu will require refrigeration and a freezer along with some storage area, like a covered pickup bed or more than likely a cargo van.
I won’t go into the gory details of my start up costs from purchasing a trailer to all of the health dept requirements that I had to meet to operate. Six grand is chump change in my case after you figure in the burn cash needed to survive and things like the ice maker I bought and installed in my house that I figure saves me around $100+ a week in not having to purchase ice. There is allot to this racket and it can get very expensive. It would have been just as easy to open a restaurant and probably less headaches.
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