Just as we decided the layout for our truck, the builders let us know that they would not be able to install our ice cream machine inside our food truck because it was not NSF (National Sanitization Foundation) certified. As you can imagine, we were pretty upset, because this was such a critical part of the truck, we had to strategize.
After a few conversations with the food truck builders, it turns out that we wouldn’t even be able to use the ice cream machine in a store front either. The machine was completely unusable in a public setting… we were pissed. It felt as if all the dreams that we had been popping up in our heads were suddenly vanishing.
That same day, I emailed our contact whom we purchased the machine from and let them know of the situation. I had to speak with a few representatives in order to finally get my point across. It turned out that we were screwed. In fact, if we did want to continue with the food truck, we would need to purchase an entirely new ice cream machine to be installed inside the truck. We couldn’t believe it! These ice cream machine are about $5,000 each and we were not expecting to need to buy two!
The representative said she would give us a discount (which I call bullshit because it seems like we only saved maybe $100). Before we made the order, we made sure it had the right documents needed to be installed inside the truck. It actually did, so that was a breath of fresh air!
So it seemed as if everything was set. Below is the example of what everything would cost. This wasn’t the final number and I will explain why in future posts. And this may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that some of the store fronts that we were looking at were going to be about $40,000 per year with 3-5-10 year leases! Signing a contract for 5 plus years for a first time business is very scary and we did not want to make that commitment.
So the first part in getting the truck built was one of many evaluations of our plans by departments such as Department of Labor and Industries, Department of Health, fire marshals, electricians, etc. There are many steps it has to go through in order to be even be considered okay to be built.
Throughout this journey, I have learned much about myself, one of those things is that I am not patient whatsoever. On the contract it said that truck would take about 90 days to be built. As I would find out, it would be 90 days once all the permitting was taken care of. So we had to play my favorite game of all time: The Waiting Game.