What is the history behind food trucks? Chefs from top restaurants were being laid off, and few restaurants were hiring. Food trucks were the obvious solution. They were cheap to buy, and easy to run, requiring no more skills for a chef than working in a restaurant. It was this movement that started making food trucks truly gourmet.
When did the food truck industry start? In the wake of WW2 and the baby boom, the 1950s saw the advent of the ice cream truck. Then food carts began showing up outside of US Army Bases and construction sites. Chip trucks came to be in the late 50s/early 60s. Taco trucks emerged with an increase of immigrants from Mexico, becoming popularized in the 1970s.
Who started the food truck craze? One of the first to operate such a thing was Giovani Ducci in New York who purchased it from the Army for $300 and began selling pasta and sandwiches to union laborers at the Port Authority in New York City. Taco Trucks became popular in the 1970s in most any city.
What is the oldest food truck?
- Welcome to Ocean Roll, the stationary food truck located in Kennebunk!
- We’ll get to the food in a moment, but first, let’s focus on the fact that this is the oldest food truck in America!