Your local classified site or craigslist or kijiji for used carts. You might get lucky on ebay, but might have to travel to get it.
Talking to the local people who are in the biz might help.
A new gas griddle will probably run you 2 or 3 grand.
And I would expect the cart to be similar in price for a used one.
Then costs for mods??
Cheapest and easiest route would be to go with one of the grill toppers over a bbq. But I’m kinda frugal.
Have you set a budget?
Have you read through this site a lot?
Have you found out all your local rules? Health department, fire commissioner, etc.
Have you found out about licencing?
Every state, city, and even county can have different rules.
Some people are more helpful than others.
Some people THINK they know what they are talking about, yet they are clueless.
I spent at least 3 months trying to talk to as many people as I could, did tons of research, talked to the city people over and over and over.
Thought I had finally figured it all out, at least a dozen times.
Changed my plans several times.
It got so bad, that I almost registered the domain name ….. rightbacktosquareone.com because that’s how it felt most of the time.
And yet I keep moving forward.
Smile and nod.
Thanks for the help Blakkmoon! We are going for pretty inexpensive grilled cheeses not exceeding $5 per to stay competitive around the bars here. Good luck with your truck!
I really like the idea of replacing the grill with a propane griddle. Any recommendations on where to be keeping an eye out for used carts? There seem to be a lot of places out there to keep track of.
Also, for modifying carts, are the dimensions of add-ons pretty standard? Any resources you know of that I can read up on to get a feel for what I need to do to prepare for a modification?
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If you are just trying to modify a used one.
And you are looking at something like a hot dog cart, then you could just replace the BBQ with a propane griddle.
Keep the BBQ and ADD a griddle topper to it.
Like this one
or this one, if you want the non stick kind
If you are doing a build from scratch then just go with a cart that suits your needs and put in the griddle instead of the BBQ.
Are you doing plain grilled cheese or fancy ass stuff??
I ask because that’s my plan ( fancy ass ) assuming I ever get the truck finished.
I am looking to open a grilled cheese stand and I have had some trouble navigating the many, many stand vendor sites to find something that would work. I’m envisioning a large griddle with a small area to keep cheese/butter cold and a hand washing station per Iowa Food Code (if I’ve read correctly). Would someone be able to point me in the right direction on a place to buy a ready-made stand either new or used? Or should I be looking for more of a generic cart that I can install a griddle onto. To clarify, this is for a small stand, not a large enclosed trailer.
I was looking at this cart here as a point of reference: . Its layout is not very good for a griddle but I was imagining the center area as a griddle to get a rough idea of what I’m looking for.
Definitely lots of info on this forum.
And google is your friend. … all seeing…all knowing …..omnipotent … but still your friend.
Ok inquiring minds want to know … just what type of grilled cheese??
Here are some of my favorite experiments so far..
Spaghetti and meat sauce grilled cheese done with mozza and garlic bread
Pulled pork grilled cheese …. any cheese
Cranberry bread, thick sliced turkey, brie cheese, bacon, topped with shaved pear. OMG !!
Steak, sauteed onions, and blue cheese on a texas toast bread
I haven’t read Roadfood for very long but I have read through our local vending regulations, state food licensing rules and procedures, and have contacted the city commissioner to get approval for our location. I’ll keep a look out for griddles and carts to hopefully snag a deal. I’m in no immediate rush so I’ll be sure to take some significant time to read up on this forum and elsewhere. Thanks again for the help!
How to shop for a griddle cart
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