The history of food trucks can be traced back to one guy, Walter Scott, who parked his “lunch wagon” outside a Rhode Island news bureau in 1872.
Now, food trucks are part of the American landscape, with coffee carts and hot dog stands representing the nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. Food trucks are a great way to enter and test a market, without blowing a huge amount of capital.
They can also teach potential restaurateurs how to navigate legal and bureaucratic issues. Food trucks can help build a brand’s profile before the launch of a fully fledged sit-down eatery.
Here are eight food trucks that traded in the nomad life for a bricks and mortar restaurant existence. Each made the journey in their own way and for different reasons.