There are many different reasons why people start their own restaurants and trailers. Most begin with a passion for cooking or baking, and then continue with a commitment to support local produce or to introduce a new cuisine or product. Some, however, start with a social mission – to support a cause and give back to society.
Thai chef Dream Kasestatad made a name for himself in Los Angeles preparing pad thai and delivering it to hungry bar customers on his bicycle. Here in Austin, he's presenting a weekly pop-up series at a hip bicycle-themed bar, bringing his business full circle.
When the water started rising in Shoal Creek Monday afternoon, the owners and managers of Austin Land & Cattle were focused on getting their staff to safety and keeping water out of the old creekside restaurant building – so focused, in fact, that they completely forgot about an important extension of their business parked nearby.
After more than four years of success with her Ms. P's Electric Cock fried chicken trailers, Austin's Perry Ray is ready to make the leap to a brick-and-mortar outlet. With that idea in mind, the self-styled "Queen of Fried Chicken" pitched her business plan to the investors on CNBC's Restaurant Startup.
Clint Elmore didn't enjoy practicing law in New York City, so he quit his job to discover and follow his bliss. The loss to the Big Apple's legal community is Austin's gain because the former lawyer is now serving up good Neapolitan pizza from a South Austin trailer.
Get your motor running. The second annual Truck by Truckwest food truck and trailer taste-off runs Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 26. Intrepid diners can search out more than 60 participating vendors offering samples and vote for their favorite. The winner gets a check for $10,000.
Pastry chef Erica Waksmunski may have earned her kitchen bona fides in upscale fine dining restaurants around the country, but her culinary roots run deep in the the home cooking of the American South. She's serving up East Coast-Southern food at her new trailer, with a droll sense of humor very much in evidence..
East Side King may have long ago disregarded the "East Side" part of their name, but when it comes to empire-building, they take their kingly duties very seriously. Luckily, they do not rule with an iron fist. Courtiers can get a first taste of the new menu items at the new Cheer Up Charlie's location today.