Food Trucks Roll into Wichita

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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It's an idea gaining popularity across the nation: Taking a restaurant, putting it on four wheels - and making it mobile.

Now, the food truck craze is rolling into Wichita.

Summer Schoenhals has always wanted to own her own restaurant.

"I'm passionate about it. This is what we want to do," Summer said.

When finances ran short, inspiration from a TV show gave her the idea to start a food truck.

"It's the whole experience," Summer said. "You're not just getting to eat, you're getting to try something you've never done before and it's fun,"

Two months ago, she and her husband David cleared their savings account, bought an old motorcycle trailer and hit the road.

However things were bumpy in the beginning.

"We went out in Old Town one night and made 40 dollars, and had to spend 40 dollars because our lights went out. So yeah, I cried a little bit that night," Summer said.

The business is now starting to accelerate, as they're selling sandwiches and sweets. Cake Face Bake Shop has gained a following.

"I think it's a lot of fun. It adds a little variety to what we have already here in Wichita," customer Candice Nance said.

The food is even selling out frequently.

"People are getting familiar with the product that we're selling. They love it and they'll drive for it," Summer said.

Summer and David say that the small food truck industry in Wichita has formed a community of sorts.

"We're really excited and trying to work together to support each other and try to help each other grow," David said.

They've also learned that double-teaming with other food trucks provides a larger variety, and in turn, a larger crowd.

"We're like 'Oh look they've got a big line', and pretty soon everybody goes straight from there to our truck," Summer said.

With a growing customer base and interest increasing, Summer and David don't see the food truck industry hitting the brakes any time soon.

"I think as long as the city continues to work with us the way they have and the food trucks continue to do as well as they're doing with the product that they're putting out, I think we'll grow and be very successful," David said.

Now of course these food trucks are in a new location every day, so to let customers know of their whereabouts, a lot of them are turning to social media like Facebook.

We have a link to the Cake Face Facebook page below.

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