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2012/03/24 12:45:02 (permalink)

My setup (updated) Pictures

My setup has been adjusted since I first got it and wanted to share the pics. Notice the lemonade setup with the flavor syrups.
 
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    pnwchef
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 13:16:51 (permalink)
    Am I right my figuring your thinking is to make the dog $2.75 and that would cover the cost of what ever condiment they like ????? Your operation is nice and clean looking, real organized, and very professional. You should be proud of it, it is a very well thought out business..............Good Luck.....pnwc
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 13:31:10 (permalink)
    pnwchef,
     
    Yes, that price includes the dog anyway they want it. I use very high quality products from the mustard, homemade chilli, slaw, down to the peppers.
     
    I appreciate the compliments about the setup.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 15:47:07 (permalink)
    very nice looking setup. do you only do lemonade? no limeades? we probably sell just as many limeades as lemonades.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 15:52:55 (permalink)
    A very nice setup with good customer appeal. Customers should feel very comfortable eating there. Very clean looking and well organized.
    I'm curious, what all do you cook on the grill? 
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 15:57:19 (permalink)
    A suggestion, move the trash can off to the side. It detracts from your overall appearence, which is very nice, as customers are approaching your stand.I don't think the first thing you want them to notice is a trash can.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 16:28:52 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    A suggestion, move the trash can off to the side. It detracts from your overall appearence, which is very nice, as customers are approaching your stand.I don't think the first thing you want them to notice is a trash can.

    I agree 100% however the can is their for a purpose. The hitch is not removable and it is a hazard for people not watch to knock the crap out of their shin. :)  I know cause I have done it more than once. :) While it is not my ideal location for the can it is not awful because people are used to seeing trach cans at the front door of all fast food resturants.
     
    I cook onions on the grill. I par cook them and then hold them in the steam table and grill them off to order. I also brown my sausages I sell. I also use it to heat sauer kraut to order and onions and red sauce. I want to carry both items but do not sell enough to keep a big batch of each heating everyday.
     
    I have considered lime aid but just got started with the lemonade the other week. I may add it very soon....
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 16:53:59 (permalink)
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    Foodbme

    A suggestion, move the trash can off to the side. It detracts from your overall appearence, which is very nice, as customers are approaching your stand.I don't think the first thing you want them to notice is a trash can.

    I agree 100% however the can is their for a purpose. The hitch is not removable and it is a hazard for people not watch to knock the crap out of their shin. :)  I know cause I have done it more than once. :) While it is not my ideal location for the can it is not awful because people are used to seeing trach cans at the front door of all fast food resturants.

    I cook onions on the grill. I par cook them and then hold them in the steam table and grill them off to order. I also brown my sausages I sell. I also use it to heat sauer kraut to order and onions and red sauce. I want to carry both items but do not sell enough to keep a big batch of each heating everyday.

    I have considered lime aid but just got started with the lemonade the other week. I may add it very soon....

    AH! Now I see the hitch. Didn't notice it before. Might you consider those orange cones instead? A little nicer looking than a garbage can.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 17:06:24 (permalink)
    @ foodme
     
    Thought about that but just one more thing to carry, unload, load and keep clean. The can serves two purposes (keep garbge, and keep people from hitting the hitch) so it works for me. I think overall it may not be ideal but it work. Plus I bungee the can to the hitch, so the hitch serves the purpose of not allowing the can to be knocked, blown, over. So I guess I will just leave it be... :)
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 18:53:39 (permalink)
    They ain't cheap, but you can get 32 gallon, polyethylene, trash receptacles in colors. A red one or a yellow one would match you umbrellas.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 19:53:35 (permalink)
    Nice set up.
    The first thing I always look at when approaching a cart or food truck is the overall cleanliness and the expression/attitude of the operator. I would have no reservations about giving you a try. In fact, fresh lemonade and a dog are my favorite combo. Good luck.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 20:28:24 (permalink)
    RJT - Really like the set up.  Its nice to be able to see new lemonade set up.  I had looked for the Maxim but wasn't sure which one.  Don't think I ran across that particular one online.   Will look again.  In what and where do you keep your syrup for the lemonade?  On Ice? On table?
     
    Does your "sneeze guard" come off? Clipped? Hinged at Back? It looks handy in some ways and difficult in others.   
     
    Exactly what type of vehicle are you pulling that cart with?  and loaded with table, coolers, etc. ?  I am just amazed.
     
    How well do the cotton candy and the pickles sell? 
    TM
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 20:29:07 (permalink)
    Sorry Duplicate.
     
     
    post edited by Tex-Max - 2012/03/24 20:31:22
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 21:02:06 (permalink)
    Tex-Max

    RJT - Really like the set up.  Its nice to be able to see new lemonade set up.  I had looked for the Maxim but wasn't sure which one.  Don't think I ran across that particular one online.   Will look again.  In what and where do you keep your syrup for the lemonade?  On Ice? On table?

    Does your "sneeze guard" come off? Clipped? Hinged at Back? It looks handy in some ways and difficult in others.   

    Exactly what type of vehicle are you pulling that cart with?  and loaded with table, coolers, etc. ?  I am just amazed.

    How well do the cotton candy and the pickles sell? 
    TM

     
    Syrup is shelf stable so no need to put on ice or anything. If I were doing lots of volume like a festival I would use real strawberry and other fruit puree for flavors.
     
    Yes, the sneeze guard comes completly off, it is hinged at the back (where it is attached to the cart) and in the middle. I have a hook on my umbrella pole I can lift the entire guard up and hang the handle on so it stay completly open for putting pans in and out and cleaning.
     
    The guard came from Ben's carts and I love it. The 9' umbrella also came from Ben's Carts and is super quality and looks great.
     
    Go to Ebay and search Maxam Chrome Heavy-Duty Professional Juicer KTJUICE6 and you can find them for $80 shipped
     
    My vehicle is a Lexus RX300
     
    Cotton candy is to new to tell but looks promising. The pickles are hit and miss at best and not going to continue carrying. I may carry sliced pickle spears to give away as a side with a combo meal.

    post edited by RJT - 2012/03/24 21:22:54
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 21:12:57 (permalink)
    MFVA STICKER !!!  WHO ARE YOU,  I'm Jaye Leitch
     
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 21:18:25 (permalink)
    THE WILD DOG

    MFVA STICKER !!!  WHO ARE YOU,  I'm Jaye Leitch


     
    I will give you a hint, I like to cuss my cat....

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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 21:21:49 (permalink)
    Im LOST on that one....  another please LOL
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 21:25:25 (permalink)
    THE WILD DOG

    Im LOST on that one....  another please LOL

    I help Ben Host is blog talk radio show Hot Dog Vendor Radio. At the begining of the show Ben always ask how I am doing and I say "just fine, sitting here cussing my cat and drink lemonade."    
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 21:59:24 (permalink)
    Nice pictures, very clean. Where do you set up? I am in Walkertown.
     
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 22:00:00 (permalink)
    very nice clean setup.

    Where did you get the hot dog banner that's on your table? 
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 22:13:39 (permalink)
    mmgolebi

    very nice clean setup.

    Where did you get the hot dog banner that's on your table? 

     
    I ordered it right off Ebay, it is a premade banner.

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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 22:15:14 (permalink)
    Hungrydog

    Nice pictures, very clean. Where do you set up? I am in Walkertown.


    I move around a bit but had been setting up at some bars at night. Right now I dont have a "regular" location at the moment......
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/24 23:48:06 (permalink)
    rob!
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/25 12:37:07 (permalink)
    Hey RJT:
    What is that aluminum piece that you have on your side of the cart that holds your plastic bottles (ketchup etc.) and where did you get it?
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/25 13:16:23 (permalink)
    MissyAnn

    Hey RJT:
    What is that aluminum piece that you have on your side of the cart that holds your plastic bottles (ketchup etc.) and where did you get it?

     
    If you are talking about the box on the side of the cart that is a steam pan with a hinged lid that hold my spoons, tongs, etc when I am not using them. I mounted it so it can be removed my a pin system so I can wash it.
     
    If you are talking about the thing holdning my ketchup and mustard on the back of my cart that is called a "speed rail" used in the bar industry. It can be bought in differnt lenghths but mine is the 22" version. Just measure the area you want to put in on before ordering. They are really cheap considering how much I like mine. No more melted bottles or bottles falling off the cart, etc. I love mine and think it is well worth it.....
     
    http://www.webstaurantstore.com/speed-rail-stainless-steel-22/712B5522.html

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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/25 19:06:17 (permalink)
    Based on someone's recommendation here, I bought a speed rail this year for my enclosed trailer, and it is incredible how much counter space it freed up, and how much easier it is to use. It has the added advantage of preventing customers from reaching through the window and grabbing a squeeze bottle (which grinds me to a halt while I then sanitize the bottle before I can use it again).
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/26 11:06:03 (permalink)
    hi nice set up.. Qu I have the same grill a real woke horse but I have myn on top of cart, how did to mount it to the side?? thanks
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/26 18:57:36 (permalink)
    wow RJT. I love it, now my question. $2.75 how ever you want it, have you ever had some person ask for like, all the condiments?? I only have like 6 condiments, and always get costumers that say, I want my dog with everything and even blessings :P
    and for the same price, well I think its too low. i think a max of free condiments should be like 4, then a fee of .25 cent per additional condiment, especially if they are of high quality, like homemade chili and the sorts. just IMO
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/26 19:43:29 (permalink)
    How much can you put on a hot dog???....It's not like it will cost you $2 to do a dog with everything.
    I don't sell dogs, but figure an 8:1 with the works would be about .75-.80.....
    Your in control of how much stuff goes on it.
    $2.75 is a fair price.  Don't nickle & dime me for a dog.
    I stopped at a place one time, they charged me .25 for onions.....I walked away.
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    Re:My setup (updated) Pictures 2012/03/27 21:11:35 (permalink)
    I charge 2.50 for an 8:1 nathans with everything on it. Costs me about $1.30 ( thats condiments, foil sheet, tax, everything). I have TONS of condiments and most of them only get used here and there, only once in a blue moon do I get someone who will really pile it on, and alot of people also eat there dogs "naked" so that makes up for the 1 or 2 people who pile high, I would never eat at a place that charged me a bunch extra for condiments.
     
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