Want to Start a Food Truck in Hampton Roads? Here’s How

There’s something both old-timey and incredibly innovative about having a delicious bite to eat handed to you through the window of a food truck.

Mobile food isn’t a new concept, but the model is an appealing one to local small business owners and chefs alike. The location is where you park, the food is what you want to cook, and the consumers are waiting at any number of local breweries, festivals, or office parks (of which we have plenty.)

But like any business, starting a food truck isn’t easy. It’s a significant undertaking that involves a lot of moving parts and diligent planning. But Norfolk-based Auxiliary Systems can help.

Auxiliary Systems started in the business of military and government subcontracting and is proud to employ retired and former service members. When local food truck Karnage Asada parked outside of their facility, all parties realized that Auxilary Systems was more than equipped with the knowledge and manpower to maintain and repair food trucks. Even, they soon realized, build them.

Marty Oard of Karnage Asada bought his food truck up in Manassas, and realized that Hampton Roads food trucks needed help closer to home. “The area really needed a full service solution,” says Oard. “It was a natural fit.”

Auxiliary Systems helped with the conversion of Bodacious Pizza Truck from an old HRT bus to a wood-fired pizza wagon on wheels, and right now a retired Fed Ex truck is getting new life by undergoing the necessary conversions to be able to prepare and serve food to hungry Hampton Roads residents.

So what do you need in order to get started on the road to food truck fame?

Starting a food truck in Hampton Roads

This list looks a little overwhelming, I know, but the good news is that there are resources here in Hampton Roads to help. Auxiliary Systems is a great place to start, and they can point you in the right direction of many other people and organizations around Hampton Roads who can get you started and help navigate the tricky world of business ownership, food service, and permitting.

So if you’re waiting for your sign, here it is. It’s time to start a food truck. When you do, let us know! We’d love to try it out!

If you would like to get in touch with the team at Auxiliary Systems and start the ball rolling on your custom culinary experience on wheels, get in touch with Ken Lange: klange@auxsysinc.com or 757-623-5674 x 236.