We're often asked why we're forecasting food truck revenues to grow rapidly over the next 5 years. One reason is food trucks are expanding into new businesses, with catering and special events being particularly fertile areas for food truck growth.
But even we were surprised to see a food truck renting itself out as a meeting space.
But our friends at Liquid Space - a firm that provides mobile and web apps that connect people seeking flexible workspaces with venues offering workspaces - has a listing for a food truck meeting space.
It's the Yellow Bus food truck (see picture on right) and it's part of the SoMa StrEat Food Park, which is San Francisco’s first permanent food truck pod.
The park rotates 10 food trucks for lunch and dinner, including the city’s only beer and wine truck.
The park has covered heated seating, five huge television sets, free WiFi and public restrooms. They host all types of events, private parties, corporate functions, weddings, etc.
Food truck Parks (also called pods) are another reason we think the food truck industry will continue to grow. We've talked to a lot of commercial developers who want to add food truck pods to their shopping centers and office buildings.
Pods reduce several of the negatives associated with food trucks - especially the lack of seating. But they maintain the low cost business model advantage. Pods add to the vibrancy of their neighborhood by providing an ever changing mix of fun food options.
And, in some cases, they have meeting space for businesses looking for an unusual place to meet.