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Want To Start A Food Truck? Put Down $60,000

By Anthony Todd in Food on Aug 14, 2013 6:20PM

We've always wondered about the logistics of operating a food truck. Is it that much cheaper than a business, given the need for a shared kitchen or a brick and mortar base? How much does it cost to customize a truck? To create a menu? Luckily, a fascinating article has broken down each and every cost. Turns out, it'll cost you somewhere between $30,000 and $60,000.

Crain's sat down with a passel of food truck owners for a geeky business discussion that pushes all of our behind-the-scenes buttons. They asked about everything from the cost of the vehicle (from $4,500 for a used ice cream truck up to $105,000 for a custom truck built in L.A.), the cost of insurance ($2,000-3,000), licensing and commissary fees, graphic design and food equipment. You can get out the door and start serving for as little as $25,000, but the owner of the Salsa Truck, Dan Salls, thinks that most people aren't going to pull it off for less than $60,000.

A fascinating look at the costs of this rapidly growing business. Clearly (and obviously to some), it's not as simple as throwing an oven in the back of a truck. Check out the whole breakdown here.