Food truck frenzy takes over the Las Vegas Valley
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – With many people moving to Southern Nevada, many are also trying to start new businesses by rolling out restaurants, which is why more food trucks can be spotted in many local neighborhoods.
Shawn Collins is the co-owner and chef of Shawn’s Puffy Tacos and says he came up with the idea for a food truck after the pandemic hit.
“Being able to start a Phase 1 with a food truck before a real restaurant was a great choice,” Collins explained. “We did really well with the pop-up and decided to buy a truck and we are now in our 13th month on the food truck and everything has gone really well.”
As a chef, Collins says working for himself and creating his own menu has been a dream come true.
“This month we are around 1,000 food trucks and they are all great,” he added.
Alicia Syberson is the co-owner and marketing expert of Shawn’s Puffy Tacos and tells 8 News Now that there’s definitely a culture when it comes to the food truck industry.
“The sky’s the limit right now,” she said. “The food truck industry has become a tight night industry and we really enjoy working with each other.”
Aaron Stewart is the owner of Secret Menu Coffee and says he started his business a year ago.
“Right now it just makes more sense that property values go up, you can get stuck in a lease and you can get a building and have to pay a huge amount of money when you can start a food truck relatively and expensive,” Stewart said.
Food truck owners who spoke with 8 News Now say that thanks to younger generations, they believe they will continue to gain momentum.