BUFFALO (WKBW) You may have seen them cruising around the streets or parked serving up lunch or dinner, food trucks have become extremely popular throughout Western New York. If you trim out all the tables and chairs, shrink the kitchen just a little bit, and add some wheels, and many restaurant owners are now thinking or pursuing making their businesses mobile.
On Thursday, with a little champagne it became was official, and Amy's Food Truck was officially open for business.
"Trucks are big right now and fun. The truck was an accessible way for us to expand," owner Amanda Amico said.
The truck is based out of the brick and mortar "Amy's Place" in North Buffalo, a way of making a single location café potentially into a household name.
"We wanted to bring the unique sandwiches of Amy's to the streets," Amico added.
And as the popularity of food trucks continues to grow, from the Roaming Buffalo to the Cheesy Chick to the Llyod Taco Truck, more and more restaurants are now looking into them.
At Lagniappes French Quarter Café, expansion is on their mind, and that means a food truck of their own.
"It just seems like the next logical step to get our food out to the people and to their areas if they can't get here," owner Chris Silverstein said.
And not just a truck, owner Chris Silverstein is thinking a double decker bus or vintage New Orleans streetcar.
"I've always believed if you're going to do something you've got to stand out from the crowd. You have be different, you have to be unique, and with either of the two trucks I'm looking at right now it would definitely make us stand out," Silverstein added.
And when business was down at Scharf's restaurant, owner Jerry Scharf contemplated converting his business to a food truck altogether.
"People had stopped coming to me, so we have a very unique product I thought it might be a good idea for us to take our product to the people," Scharf said.
The number one draw: mobility.
"You can go out to Rich Stadium before a game and help people tailgate, you can go to a mall on a Saturday afternoon around Christmas time, there are so many options you have with the food truck," Scharf added.
As for the future of these food trucks, Jerry Scharf has put the truck idea on the back burner as he gets through Oktoberfest, the busy season for a German restaurant. The Lagniappes truck should be up and operational by next spring, and already have a spot booked on the waterfront. And Amy's Truck will continue serving up food throughout the area, and have several festivals and spots reserved through the end of the year.