The way to go... Part Three
Another opportunity to do Mobil Food in NYC is street fairs. There are hundreds of street fairs in and around NYC and its Boroughs each year. You can purchase a spot at many of these for between $195 and $400 but some get sold out. You do have to jump through a lot of hoops to do these- “Food Vendors: FOOD VENDORS MUST Register in Person and present their VALID, FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE and NYS SALES TAX ID. We will document your FOOD HANLDERS CERTIFICATE and SALES TAX ID and once your SPACE is booked you will receive an EVENT PERMIT. With your EVENT PERMIT you will need to go to the Department of Health to get a TEMP FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT PERMIT to participate in the EVENT and you MUST present this PERMIT”
In the early 90’s I spent a summer doing these as “Bubba’s Baby Back Ribs”, in between other off premises catering events. The street fair was a 14 hour day and two days prep at my commissary and another day dealing with the show sponsor(no internet sales back then) and yet another day getting the NYC HD permit. You have to do the NYC HD permit dance for each event and you have to go to their HQ It was a lot of work and fun but not profitable. The biggest problem was and is that spaces are assigned by seniority. Booths that have been clients for decades get the good spots and newbie’s get sent into the Siberia of the fair.
Another alternative to do Mobil Food in NYC is to find a privately owned commercial location to place your truck there (IMHO this is the way to go) You will still need ‘The Restricted Area MFV unit permit” from the NYC HD but this opens you to a much less regulated opportunity to seek your fortune. With the state of the economy there are many locations with great traffic that are available because the previous occupant has gone out of business. Other possibilities are gas stations with extra space, business with parking lots that will be closed when you will be operating (think across from that busy night spot) or just about any other commercial location that has the traffic and fits your profile. Just find a location that fits your niche and contact the owner of the lot and make them an offer.
This concludes a brief overview of doing mobil food vending in NYC. In my next blogs I’ll go over my progress with getting my Mobil Food Truck started in Nassau County NY.