May 5, 2013 |
Among those quickest to embrace the funny, square-shaped credit card readers poking out from the top of smartphones or iPads has been small restaurateurs, food truck operators and other food businesses. And now Square, the mobile payment start-up that pioneered the equipment, is moving to embrace them. Several months ago, Square launched a "Business in a Box" package for $249, including two card readers, an iPad stand, a cash drawer and an optional receipt printer, all wirelessly connected to the...
April 28, 2013 |
Washington's expanding food culture has inspired a new generation of entrepreneurs to try their hand at the food business, often peddling treats they make themselves through food trucks, farmers markets, coffee shops and restaurants. One barrier to entry, at least in the District, can be finding a kitchen in which to cook. Currently, city law requires bakers and cooks to prepare food in commercial kitchens, with rates, often driven up by District real estate prices, that can be unaffordable to...
November 6, 2012
David Pena's culinary career began at Rustico , where he worked his way up the line to sous-chef over the course of three years split between the Arlington and Alexandria locations. When it was his turn to cook the family meal for the restaurant staff, he would oftentimes make tinga based on recipes handed down by his Mexican mother and grandmother. The casual, comforting stewed meats spiced with chipotle sauce were always a hit with Pena's colleagues, who half-jokingly told him more than once that he should make nothing...
July 26, 2011 |
Juan Jose Quintana grew up in Valladolid, Spain. At home, his American mother often combined elements of Spanish and American cuisines to memorable effect. "She would add mayo, radishes and onion relish to a chorizo sandwich, and my friends loved it," Quintana says. He now blends those sensibilities at Rolling Ficelle, a 2-month-old newbie to the city's robust food truck scene. The 44-year-old is also new to the industry; his previous career was in non-food-related customer service.
August 14, 2012 |
You can smell the ketchup from down the block, but you shouldn't expect anything less from a food truck called Slider Barron. Painted navy and sky blue and sporting yellow stripes and fake bullet holes, it is designed to evoke fighter planes of World War II. A winged burger insignia and the painting of a pin-up girl — whom cook and owner Tony Barron, 46, of Westminster, Md., affectionately calls Faith — rounds out the aero-themed imagery. Since rolling out in Montgomery County in May, the wheeled commissary has been...
February 7, 2012 |
Three things can give food-truck vendors an edge: a highly visible truck, effective Twitter feeds and, of course, really good food. Even though Lemongrass just opened in December and its owners, husband-and-wife team Andy and Uyen Nguyen of Centreville, have no background in food service, their truck is already an overachiever on all three fronts. The bright-green vehicle is painted with white bubbles and a colorful, anime-like logo featuring two little girls — one holding bubble tea and the other a Vietnamese banh mi...