Minute Man set to launch house shuttle meals truck
The most recent addition to the Minute Man restaurant revival, which started with a brand new brick and mortar location in Jacksonville final September, is a 40-foot-long meals truck generally known as the “House Shuttle Cafe.” The truck, which drives like a bus however is produced from components of an airplane, will launch into service this coming Friday at 11 a.m. within the spot the place Minute Man originated in 1948 on Broadway between Third and Fourth Streets.
The plane that donated its components to the House Shuttle Cafe flew for the U.S. army in World Battle II. After the warfare, the airplane served as a business airliner on the East Coast. Within the Nineteen Sixties, the airplane is rumored to have been hijacked to Havana, Cuba, earlier than being liberated and returned to the States. The Douglas DC-3 remodeled into its present design configuration within the Nineteen Nineties with specs primarily based on the now-retired Challenger House Shuttle.
The meals truck is now a part of a Minute Man cell fleet, which incorporates the unique trailer that was launched in January of this yr and a brand new meals truck custom-made by a Texas meals truck developer that can arrive in Arkansas within the subsequent week or two, mentioned Perry Smith, president of Minute Man Arkansas LLC.
Stability within the time of COVID is a problem that Minute Man is attempting to face with mobility. After a lease fell by for a brand new Minute Man restaurant within the former Zoe’s Kitchen location at 12900 Chenal Parkway in West Little Rock, Smith mentioned his group took a step again and determined to deal with mobility.
“We will broaden our fleet quicker than we are able to construct eating places,” Smith mentioned. Smith mentioned Minute Man is planning on opening one other brick and mortar in Central Arkansas in 2021. In the meantime, with cell vehicles, Minute Man could be extra versatile whereas including to its backside line.
The Minute Man group was trying to find fascinating, distinctive meals vehicles after they discovered the House Shuttle Cafe, which Smith mentioned had been sitting within the earlier proprietor’s car parking zone in Queens, New York, for a yr. The primary two shippers Smith employed cancelled. “We virtually acquired to the purpose the place we needed to go up and drive it down ourselves, which I’m glad we didn’t do,” he mentioned.
The truck isn’t simply all flash. The kitchen is made up of largely stainless-steel and is provided with refrigeration, a double fryer, a 3 head tender serve ice cream mixer, a prep desk, make desk, charcoal grill and a flat prime grill with an exhaust system.
“We acquired it for a superb value,” Smith mentioned when requested in regards to the acquisition value. Once we spoke by telephone yesterday, Smith had stopped to get the truck washed and have the engine checked out as a result of it had overheated. “I believe I was within the restaurant enterprise,” he joked.
In step with the cell restaurant growth, the corporate additionally just lately launched the Minute Man Basis. The mission of the nonprofit is to offer certified U.S. army veterans of all branches of service entry to low- to no-cost hospitality licensing and franchising alternatives with the target of making extra veteran-owned and operated small companies throughout the nation. Smith mentioned the muse will be capable to present meals vehicles for veterans at a less expensive value than shopping for a franchise. One other objective of the muse is to cut back starvation and meals insecurity within the state. On April 2, the Minute Man House Shuttle Cafe is having a “Purchase One Give One Cell Meals Giveaway” with North Little Rock police officer Tommy Norman, who is thought for his viral neighborhood policing movies that gained him greater than one million Instagram followers. Smith mentioned Minute Man might be freely giving 500 free meals and the situation of the occasion is but to be decided.
The House Shuttle Cafe’s debut this Friday will begin at 11 a.m. Extra data on the meals truck schedule could be discovered right here.