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Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 8:20 AM
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Post pictures of your conceesion trailer, restaurant, or mobile food cart here.  If you are having difficulty posting pictures, or just don't know how to do it, here is a thread that is straightforward and easy to follow that should get you started.
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=322596&mpage


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 8:28 AM
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Sosebee's Hot Dogs, Toccoa Georgia, Since 1921

 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 8:35 AM
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JacksSnacks Concession at Halloween Fest

 
 

 

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 8:43 AM
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The Doctor of BBQ

 

 

 
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“Showing your customers Fire and Smoke” I have always thought it important to let your customers see you cooking especially at events. I noticed a very long time ago at our state fair the vendors cooking big coils of rope sausage, along side of giant piles of grilled onions and green peppers. They did it behind a window but right in front of the sidewalk that everyone walked along and they always looked so tempting.


So I started this project using a very old boat trailer and some odds and ends I bought on Ebay. I use it right in front of my trailer so that everyone walking by has to see what your cooking and of course smell the food including the peppers and onions.


In order for it to take up less space we built it with a removable tongue and in this picture you can see an angled tube coming up off the tongue and that goes into the front after pulling the travel tongue so that the trailer can be wheeled around with very little effort. The red Leg is adjustable using the bolt and nut. 


 


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 8:56 AM
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Porkchopexpress

 
Century Trailer
 

 
M MFG Trailer

 

Schantz ice Cream Trailer

 


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 9:08 AM
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The Big Red Lunch Box  8.6' x 24'

 




 
 


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 9:17 AM
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Moondoggies' Custom Sales and Service Hot Dog Cart

 



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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 9:19 AM
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Pop's Dog House Top Dog Cart

 



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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 02/21/09 11:45 PM
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                  CATNHATNH      Rochester NH

At Skyhaven Airport Rte. 108

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 1:58 AM
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Pops...Great pictures.  So is this just a collection of pictures you have taken?  People of given you?
 
I'm interested in that Big Red Lunch Box.  I'd love to ask the operator a zillion questions...Anyway to get him on the site?

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 10:56 AM
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Baah Ben


Pops...Great pictures.  So is this just a collection of pictures you have taken?  People of given you?


No sir.  These pictures were posted by our members on a picture thread that I had created a few weeks ago.  Apparently, I did something in the admin that caused that thread to go away. I didn't want to ask these fine folks to hassle with reposting their pictures, so I just went through and gathered the pics that were on the original thread and reposted them myself.
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 11:00 AM
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Nice rig Cat!!  Any pics of the interior?

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 11:59 AM
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Ok Pops - Can I ask you some questions?

The Big Red Lunch Box.  When you make an investment like this (see that fantastic interior) does he or she have specific stops that he goes to each day.  Do they have contracts with the owners of these locations (factories, etc)? Can you tell us anything about how this works?

Back in the day when people had money, corporations like ATT, IBM etc. would actually establish their own employee cafeterias.  They would build them (thank you) and then hire management companies like ARA to run their dining operations.  They'd either pay them either a straight management fee and subsidize the cost of the food served to their employees (a perk) or allow the management company to charge the going rates for the food. 

Why would they do this you ask?  Mainly , to keep their employees on the premises.  Studies conducted found they would eliminate a lot of late returns from lunch, accidents, etc.  It was a welcome perk for their workers. 

Some were also a big necessity as the facility might have been too far away for outside dining  They also had separate executive dining rooms in many of these places.     

So, perhaps the Big Red Lunch Box specializes in visiting some of these big factories?  What state does that truck operate in?  I love that truck!  Beautiful! That kichen was expensive!  They have to have a pretty good business to warrant that expenditure.

Any chance of asking what cut of pork they are usng for those pork chop sandwiches?  Fresh cut fries..Good stuff!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 1:36 PM
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To answer your questions Baah Ben:
I'm in West Texas, so as far as factories go, not many. Right now it's a little early in the season for a daily business but by this summer I hope to have about 3 locations here in my city in which to park. Local regs say you cant be in one location for more than 3 days then you have to move to another. We do have a large AT&T call center and I have considered approaching them to do the very thing you were writing about.
The reason I built it with all the equipment is that I also cater events in addition to doing a "route" and doing festivals. When I built it, I basically had the idea that I wanted to be able to cook anything that a restaurant could and do it on location.
As far as the trailer goes I had it built down in your neck of the woods by Southwest Trailers in Miami: www.trailerfactory.com
As far as the pork chop sandwiches, thats a question I'd like to know myself.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 1:44 PM
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Baah Ben


Ok Pops - Can I ask you some questions?

The Big Red Lunch Box.  When you make an investment like this (see that fantastic interior) does he or she have specific stops that he goes to each day.  Do they have contracts with the owners of these locations (factories, etc)? Can you tell us anything about how this works?

Back in the day when people had money, corporations like ATT, IBM etc. would actually establish their own employee cafeterias.  They would build them (thank you) and then hire management companies like ARA to run their dining operations.  They'd either pay them either a straight management fee and subsidize the cost of the food served to their employees (a perk) or allow the management company to charge the going rates for the food. 

Why would they do this you ask?  Mainly , to keep their employees on the premises.  Studies conducted found they would eliminate a lot of late returns from lunch, accidents, etc.  It was a welcome perk for their workers. 

Some were also a big necessity as the facility might have been too far away for outside dining  They also had separate executive dining rooms in many of these places.     

So, perhaps the Big Red Lunch Box specializes in visiting some of these big factories?  What state does that truck operate in?  I love that truck!  Beautiful! That kichen was expensive!  They have to have a pretty good business to warrant that expenditure.

Any chance of asking what cut of pork they are usng for those pork chop sandwiches?  Fresh cut fries..Good stuff!


I agree.  Big Red is a beautiful rig.  I will have to defer to Big Red and Porkchipexpress to answer your specific questions regarding their businesses, as I am not familiar with how they operate, or the products they serve. 
 
Having a reliable food vendor right on site at a large manufacturing concern, or at corporate headquarters is certainly an advantage to an employer for the exact reasons you point out.  This should definitely be presented by the vendor as a benefit to the business when he/she is trying to secure a location.  Of course, with manufacturing moving to china, I might just have to buy a Big Red Lunchbox and set up in Shanghai...LOL

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 1:51 PM
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Pop's Dog House Top Dog Cart

 





Like this One where you get it. Is it one of those run of the mill home made BBQ smokers, Or are you working for animal control

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 1:58 PM
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LOL Curbside!!  Been reading your posts.  You must be feeling better.   Gettin back to being ornery.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 3:03 PM
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Big Red Lunch Box - Thanks for responding.  I sincerely appreciate it.  You did a beautiful job with that kitchen.  Hard to see, but is that US Range equipment cooking line up? That's be my guess.  Frymaster or Pitco fryers? I'm just guessing Frymaster.  Beverage Aire sandwich unit?  Who's upright refrigerator is that?

You got a NFPA Code 96 hood..It's fantastic.  Convection oven..Great!

Ah - Ok you have two LP tanks.  Hard to see at first. Is that enough to drive all that lp cooking equipment? Or, are those fryers electric?  I see what appears to be two serious generators.  This baby would to on-site film catering in a heartbeat!   What is the story on the generators.  Just for the refrigeration and counter top equipment?  All cooking..LP?

I love this stuff.  It was in my blood for 20 years.  I wish you all the luck in the world.  Big investment Dude... Beautiful job!!

So did they do the equipment package in Florida, too? I'm pretty certain they did the hood system, but what about all the equipmnent?  Did you lay it out yourself or did they do the design?

I'd go on line and find out who picks sites for all the movie location shoots and send them these pictures.  They'll save them..Give them some idea of the capabilities and menu offerings..They will keep it and when something comes up in your area, they will remember. Great trailer!
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 4:40 PM
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The cooking equipment is Royal of California, the fryers are Vulcan. The Frig and Freezer are Turbo Air, sandwich prep is Cornealius.
I have 3 - 100 lb. tanks, one for cooking and one each for the generators. I can run the whole thing for about four 8 hr. days.
The reason I have 2 7.5kw generators is one runs the frigs, lights, one A/C etc. and the other runs a Instant Burger machine, water heater, steam tables and the other a/c. With this setup I get 62 amps ea. for a total of 124 amps.
The layout was something both I and the builder worked out. Originally the trailer was going to be 22ft but the equipment wouldn't fit in the way I wanted for work flow, it's amazing what 2 ft. can do. I put in the table and wire shelving, they put in all the equipment. The great thing about Southwest is they build everything, frame, vent hood, even the grey water tank so that saves a lot of money. I pulled the thing over what they call interstates in Louisiana and nothing shifted or broke, I can't say the same for my kidneys ... they are somewhere on I-10 in LA. ....
Funny you mention movies, last years big winners, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood were filmed just about 200 miles from me, I wish I had the rig back then to do something like that.

And thanks everybody for the compliments. I set out to kinda shake things up in my neck of the woods with "street food and on location catering" and I wanted to present an professional image, you wouldn't believe what people try to serve food out of around here.

I also have a website: www.bigredlunchbox.com
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 5:40 PM
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 5:50 PM
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Thanks again.  Never heard of Royal of California.  Wonder if that's the former Jade Equipment.  NOPE - Jade is still in business.  Never heard of Turbo Air either...I'll brush up on these new guys.  Cornealious..Yes.  Vulcan..Of course!

Going to check out your website..I could not open it 
 
Thanks again for all the info.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 02/22/09 7:29 PM
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rootsman, that rig is awesome. how heavy is it?

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 02/23/09 7:52 AM
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PopsDogHouse


Nice rig Cat!!  Any pics of the interior?


DITTO love to see pics of interior. For down the road reference

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 02/23/09 8:16 AM
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Curbside Grill


PopsDogHouse


Nice rig Cat!!  Any pics of the interior?


DITTO love to see pics of interior. For down the road reference

Hey Mikey,
Can you post some pics of your cart?  I've never seen the signage.


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 02/23/09 5:20 PM
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 Folks, 

While this isn't my rig :-(, and I love my Custom 525 hot dog cart, I couldn't help but post this for your viewing pleasure!  Man ain't she pretty!!!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Thu, 02/26/09 1:33 AM
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That is a nice 'Bambi', foodservice suits them pretty good

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 03/2/09 1:08 AM
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Mustang Grille...1 more exterior and 3 two year old interiors...


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Some things have been changed, but this should give you an idea...


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 03/2/09 3:39 AM
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Catnhatnh  Like the setup Thank you for interior
Does the setup flow well with your menu

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 03/2/09 10:16 PM
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Curbside, Pretty much so, but of course nothing is perfect. Like any two man shop by the middle of rush hour you'd murder your mother for another 6" of width in the center aisle. My cold prep is 6' and I could get by with 4'. The serving area has a 5" drop floor that has caused occasional grief. I should change the door swing on the refrigerator so the easy access is from the serving area as that is where I hold the cold drinks. The real nice part is our steam table is directly across from that refrigerator at the end of the hot line allowing the front man (my brother) to handle all the "need it quick" chilidog and soda orders without coming down into the actual cooking or prep areas (my home)...That said the photos are old. The hood is now equipped with fire suppression. The forward counter is home to the cash register,Bunn, and chip racks with the left side (behind the refrigerator) being the main serving window and the right side used to pass food to those eating at the picnic tables behind the trailer.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 03/7/09 12:38 PM
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check me out

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 03/7/09 12:40 PM
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I'm going to try and post a pic with my mac, im having rediculous problems so here goes a try

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f117/bigruudz/IMG_0059.jpg


hopefully that will work...i'm almost done

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 03/7/09 4:30 PM
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good looking cart, thenoob

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 03/7/09 10:26 PM
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Lookin Good!!!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 03/9/09 5:02 PM
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Holy Cow that BBQ looks great PopsDogHouse!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 03/9/09 5:03 PM
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thenoob


I'm going to try and post a pic with my mac, im having rediculous problems so here goes a try

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f117/bigruudz/IMG_0059.jpg


hopefully that will work...i'm almost done


Nice rims.  ;)

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 03/9/09 5:06 PM
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ptireland


Holy Cow that BBQ looks great PopsDogHouse!

It sure does!!!  I wish it was mine.  That was prepared by The Doctor of BBQ.  I just posted the pic.


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Thu, 04/9/09 7:44 PM
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Just finished my Waymatic Lemonade Cart. I just installed new digital graphics, put my daughters name on it.  Now when she gets old enough she will be put to work!!!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Thu, 04/9/09 8:36 PM
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Nice lemondade cart Porkchop!  I'm sure Emma will be proud to work it for you when the time comes.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Fri, 04/10/09 1:23 PM
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very nice. i need one like that. we used to have a waymatic trailer. didn't know they built carts. 

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Fri, 04/10/09 8:05 PM
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They don't build many because of the price. I believe it was $12,000 new.  I will say its by far the best built cart I've ever owned. Thanks for the Compliments

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 04/11/09 10:55 PM
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My first employee and good friend
 
 
  

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 04/13/09 9:59 AM
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nice cart Quickdog!!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Tue, 05/19/09 9:49 PM
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Great pics Mike.  Thanks for posting!

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 06/24/09 8:53 AM
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Not a very good pic...usually too busy when set up to think about taking pictures. Don't have many.


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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 06/24/09 7:19 PM
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Nice rig.  Would love to see the interior set up if you ever get the chance.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 06/24/09 9:46 PM
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PopsDogHouse


Nice rig.  Would love to see the interior set up if you ever get the chance.


There is a pic somewhere...inside on the right as you enter is a handwashing sink, 3 compartment sink, instant hot water heater, 3 well cold table & the serving window. On the left is a 22 cu. ft. frig., a 7.5 cu. ft. freezer, two Cookshack smokers... an FEC 100 and a SM 150...both under a vent hood and then a 3 well steam table. All NSF equipment. Roof A/C. I run everything with a Honda 6500 inverter generator. Great unit!
 
The trailer is 8.5' X 18.5' and it is difficult to get decent pictures of the interior. I do have some and will be glad to post when I get around to resizing them. Same for the logo Mike...I have it, but it is a huge file.
 
 
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 06/24/09 10:26 PM
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Relentless - Do you serve mutton?  Isn't that very popular in Kentucky?

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Thu, 06/25/09 8:04 AM
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Baah Ben


Relentless - Do you serve mutton?  Isn't that very popular in Kentucky?


Ben- While you can occasionally find mutton in my area, it is not the norm. I am not sure that my meat supplier even carries it. You need to go about 125 miles East to the Owensboro area for mutton, where you will find all you want at the Moonlite or the Hickory House.
 
It is strange really how much barbeque differs from one area to another. I was in Southern Illinois yesterday (Harrisburg) and had a sandwich at Johnson's BBQ & spent some time talking to the owner. He has been in business over 25 years and is nicely set up for what he does. The pork bbq was excellent as was the sauce...but the sauce would probably not be recognized as BBQ sauce in my area which is less than 50 miles away. That is one of the things that fascinates me about barbeque...there is just an endless variety on the end product. All different & all good.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 07/22/09 2:39 PM
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Still working on the Moon CaRfe, carfeteria. ..It's a fun way to spend our retirement years!
 


 

 

 

 
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 07/22/09 6:12 PM
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very nice. there is a drive in theater about a mile from my house. one of only six left in kansas.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Fri, 07/24/09 8:29 PM
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Below is my cart.  You can follow the evolution of the cart at http://twitter.com/locatefrank.

I hope to begin operations next month.  Finding a commissary is the one thing holding me up, but things are looking good.
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Fri, 07/24/09 8:48 PM
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Wed, 08/5/09 1:41 PM
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Here are a couple pics of what I am working out of this year trying to save money for a new trailer for next year. Don't know why my first picture doesn't show but it's the best of the 2.
 
[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/3791987251_d13867bdf3.jpg[/img]
 
 
 
 
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Mon, 08/10/09 8:00 PM
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Still working on the Moon CaRfe. ..It's a fun way to spend our retirement years!

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Bob,
Is this the Drive In that was posted here months ago that was just re-opening? If so you have done a ton of work and now it looks just like the Drive In we had here in Springfield 20 years ago which is very cool. I'm glad for you, post a list of your menu, and please post some more interior shots along with some of the projection room interior please

Jack

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sat, 08/15/09 5:49 PM
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Hi, Jack. Yes, this is the same drive-in theatre that we purchased in May, 2008. It is on US RT. 220 in Linden, PA. (near Williamsport). You can view the Moon Car-feteria menu by going to moondrivein.com

We've have fixed the place up quite a bit for having no money! The drive-in runs on it's own cash-flow. I tapped out my credit cards last year. Thanks, crazybob.

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Thu, 08/27/09 8:23 PM
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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Thu, 08/27/09 8:29 PM
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Well It took all day, but I finally got it. Here is my trailer in its beginning stage..thanks for looking..all input appriciated..

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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 08/30/09 8:59 PM
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My new Charcoal Grill it's an all Stainless Steel unit and is 37 inches wide, sitting on a trailer with a detachable tongue. It is a head turner and the food sales from this unit are great becuase people walk up at events to look at it and buy what ever were cooking on it.










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Re:Restaurant Pro Picture Thread - Sun, 08/30/09 9:07 PM
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Crazy Bob,
"Hi, Jack. Yes, this is the same drive-in theatre that we purchased in May, 2008. We've have fixed the place up quite a bit for having no money! The drive-in runs on it's own cash-flow. I tapped out my credit cards last year. Thanks, crazybob.

Bob it is wonderful to live your dream, and Your Drive In looks great. I see your using film platters and that's cool as hell. I have spent many nights in a projection booth and can splice film in my sleep. You have done a great job my friend. CONGRATULATIONS.
Jack

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