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February 24 Food Truck News and Schedule for Dallas

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Highlight of The Week: Hard Working Owners

Typically, I’ve tried to highlight one of our better food trucks or a great upcoming event.  Today though, with better weather approaching, I highlight the hard working owners by looking back at many of the food trucks that didn’t survive over the last 3 years.  All of those logos up there?  To my best knowledge, they are all out of food truck business (since they are mobile, you can never tell if they are truly completely out of business).  Some of these were outstanding food trucks: Hot Box, Munch Box, and Yellow Belly were all very good.  Green House has morphed into a brick’n’mortar and City Street Grille‘s owner is focusing on food truck buildouts for other operators.   Some owners declared to me that it’s too difficult to run a food truck when you are past the age of the “young invincibles”.

In general though, the three key flaws with many (but not all) of these operations included (1) the belief that “build it and they will come, (2) complete and utter lack of financial and business sense, and (3) plain, hard work.

In the first case, I’ve seen many operators get all excited about leasing a truck, getting a logo designed, getting the wrap put on, and getting their menus designed.  Then, complete failure in launch execution.

Many of these had good food, but they could not put together a business plan and execute on the financials involved.  Several paid very large monthly lease fees and some didn’t understand the commissary fees.

For most though, it came down to plain, hard work.  They got the truck wrapped, menu designed, Facebook page built, and web site done (well, mostly).  But then they learned that working in a 120 degree tin box in July in Dallas is not an easy thing.  Or that customers don’t necessarily come out in 35 degree weather in winter.  In decent to good weather, food trucks need to be out a minimum of 4 lunch servings and 4 dinner services.  It takes time and energy to cultivate locations, other food truck owners, update social media, write events contracts, and yes, submit the schedule to SideDish so that you know where you can find them.

So this week, we highlight the hard, hard working food truck owner/operators.  A few of the hardest working in Dallas include Easy Slider, Pompeii, Tutta’s Pizza, Guava Tree, Rock’n’Rick’s, and Cajun Tailgators.

Here’s your schedule.  Always check Facebook and Twitter before venturing out.

DAYTruckLunchDinner
MondayMonday LunchMonday Dinner
MondayBellaTrinoGreen Spot Market 702 South Buckner, Dallas 3:30-9
MondayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
MondayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District
MondayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-DarkKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
MondayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard - 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Truck Yard - 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
MondayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayGandolfo's #23811 Turtle Creek
MondayRockn' Rick'sAafes Nat'l HQ 6950 Walton Walker Dallas TX (11-2PM)TBD
MondayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayTBS 2Private Event
MondayWhats Cook-N ChefPrivate
MondayWhat's Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
TuesdayTuesday LunchTuesday Dinner
TuesdayBellaTrinoWatermark Community Church - The Porch 6:00-9:00
TuesdayBobaddiction10:30AM-2:30PM, SMU Campus, 3300 DyerPrivate Event
TuesdayBombay Street Foodtbd
TuesdayCajun TailgatorsTBDWatermark Church 7540 LBJ Freeway 6-9:30
TuesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-3p
TuesdayEasy Slider14651 Dallas Pkwy 11a-1:30p
TuesdayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard - 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Truck Yard - 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
TuesdayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayGandolfo's #2Trinity Industries3701 grapevine mills parkway, grapevine 5-9
TuesdayGuava TreePrivate lunch
TuesdayParrotIcceSMU Flag Pole Lunch (11:00am --> 2:00pm) 312 Boaz Lane
TuesdayPompeiiTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
TuesdayRockn' Rick'sTruck Yard 5624 Sears Dallas TX (11-9PM)Windy Lane and FM 741 Forney TX (5-730PM)
TuesdayRuthie's CreperieSMU
TuesdayRuthie's Grilled Cheese5800 Tennyson Parkway
TuesdayRuthie's Too3811 Turtle Creek
TuesdaySimply DosaDallas Art District
TuesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayTBS 215725 Dallas Parkway, 11-27540 LBJ fwy Dallas. 5:30-9:30
TuesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
TuesdayTutta's PizzaLet's Celebrate at Rockbrook Elem - 2751 Rockbrook Dr, Lewisville 6-:730p
TuesdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Thistle Hill @ 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, FW
TuesdayWhat's Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-9
WednesdayWednesday LunchWednesday Dinner
WednesdayBellaTrinoGateway Tower 8111 Lyndon B Johnson 11:00-1:30Sigel's Liquor - Greenville Ave. 5:00-9:00
WednesdayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
WednesdayBombay Street Foodtbd
WednesdayCajun TailgatorsPrivate EventTBD
WednesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-3p
WednesdayEasy SliderDallas Arts District (2403 Flora) 11a-1:30pSigels (5757 Greenville) 5p-8p
WednesdayEasy Slider15601 Dallas Pkwy Addison 11a-1:30p
WednesdayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard - 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Sigels - 5757 Greenville Ave. Dallas
WednesdayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayGandolfo's #2Stevens Transport
WednesdayGuava TreeArts District, 2300 Flora, 11-1:30Sigels on Greenville Ave. 5-8pm
WednesdayNammi #1Dallas Arts District, 11am-1:30pm
WednesdayNammi #2Truck Yard 11-3pm
WednesdayPompeiiSigels 5757 Greenville Ave 5-9
WednesdayRockn' Rick'sAafees Nat'l HQ 6950 Walton Walker Dallas (11-2PM)TBD
WednesdayRuthie's CreperieKlyde Warren PArk
WednesdayRuthie's Grilled CheesePrivate: Oakridge School
WednesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayTBS 210925 Estate Ln, Dall 11-2
WednesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
WednesdayWhat's Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-9
ThursdayThursday LunchThursday Dinner
ThursdayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayBellaTrinoComerica Bank Building - 114 & MacArthur Irving 11:00-1:30
ThursdayBobaddiction10:30AM-2:30PM, SMU Campus, 3300 DyerPrivate Event
ThursdayBombay Street Foodtbd
ThursdayCajun TailgatorsPrivate EventPrivate Event
ThursdayCoolHausKLYDE Warren Park 11am-3pm
ThursdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-DarkKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
ThursdayEasy SliderSMU Flagpole 11a-1:30p
ThursdayEasy Slider3890 W NW Hwy Dallas 11a-1:30p
ThursdayEat Jo DawgsArts District - Dallas 11am - 2pmDeep Ellum Brewery
ThursdayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayGandolfo's #2Private eventTexas Burrito Company Launch Party!
ThursdayGuava TreeMultiview, 7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Irving, TX, 11-1:30pm
ThursdayLabThanksgiving Square 1627 pacific ave 11-2Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 3-8
ThursdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
ThursdayNammi #2Private Event
ThursdayPompeiiFirst United Methodist Church
ThursdayRockn' Rick'sLSG Sky Chefs and Conexis 6191 Hwy 161 Irving TX (11-2PM)Windy Lane and FM 741 Forney TX (5-730PM)
ThursdayRuthie's CreperieKlyde Warren PArk
ThursdayRuthie's Grilled CheeseFirst Choice
ThursdayRuthie's TooTruck Yard
ThursdaySimply Dosatbd
ThursdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasTexas Burrito Company Launch Party!
ThursdayTBS 2Private Lunch4755 Gramercy Oaks Drive, Dallas 5-9
ThursdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
ThursdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Thistle Hill @ 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, FW
ThursdayWhat's Da ScoopPrivate EventTexas Burrito Company Launch Party!
FridayFriday LunchFriday Dinner
FridayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayBellaTrinoBent Tree Office 17300 North Dallas Parkway, Dallas 11:00-1:30
FridayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
FridayBombay Street Foodtbd
FridayCajun TailgatorsTBDTBD
FridayCoolHausKly4e Warren Park 11am-3pm
FridayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-DarkKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
FridayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
FridayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayGandolfo's #2Private CateringDallas Eagle Bar 10pm-230am
FridayGuava TreeTBD
FridayLabKlyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8
FridayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
FridayNammi #2Dallas Arts District, 11-1:30pm
FridayPompeiiTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
FridayRockn' Rick'sDallas Arts District 2400 Flora Dallas TX (11-2PM)TBD
FridayRuthie's Creperieprivate lunch
FridayRuthie's Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren ParkPrivate
FridayRuthie's TooKlyde Warren ParkPrivate Party
FridaySimply DosaTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, DallasTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, Dallas
FridayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayTBS 23811 Turtle Creek, Dallas
FridayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
FridayWhats Cook-N Chef11-9 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW11-9 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW
FridayWhat's Da Scoop3811 Turtle Creek 1-3
SaturdaySaturday LunchSaturday Dinner
SaturdayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayBobaddiction9-1PM, 5K and Food Truck Fest, JJ Pearce HS1:30-5PM, Food Fest, Singley Academy, 4601 N. MacArthur Blvd
SaturdayBombay Street Foodtbd
SaturdayCajun TailgatorsTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
SaturdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SaturdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
SaturdayEasy Slider6255 E Mockingbird 10a-2pPrivate Event
SaturdayEasy SliderPrivate EventPrivate Event
SaturdayEat Jo DawgsLakewood Brewery
SaturdayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayGandolfo's #2JJ Richardson Eagle Mustang and 5k 9-1
SaturdayGuava TreeTruckyard 11-9pmTruckyard 11-9pm
SaturdayLabKlyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8
SaturdayMaui WowiAll Out TrinityFestival-Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge 10AM-6PM
SaturdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SaturdayNammi #2Raft Event at Trinty River, 11-6pm
SaturdayParrotIccePrivate Event (12:00pm --> 2:00pm) Grand PrairieSMU Patriot Cup
SaturdayPompeiiTBDTBD
SaturdayRockn' Rick'sRAFT Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas TX (10-6PM)RAFT Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas TX (10-6PM)
SaturdayRuthie's CreperieKlyde Warren PArk
SaturdayRuthie's Grilled CheeseSt Rita's CarnivalSt Rita's Carnival
SaturdayRuthie's TooTrinity River EventPrivate
SaturdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayTBS 2Spring Market @ St. Thomas Aquinas Lower School 11-3
SaturdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
SaturdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW
SaturdayWhat's Da ScoopSMU Stadium 11-9
SundaySunday LunchSunday Dinner
SundayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
SundayBombay Street FoodTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, DallasTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, Dallas
SundayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
SundayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
SundayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
SundayEasy SliderPrivate EventPrivate Event
SundayEat Jo DawgsTBD
SundayGandolfo's #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayGandolfo's #2Private Event
SundayGuava TreeDeep In The Heart Expo, Southside Lamar, 1409 Lamar, 11am-3pm
SundayLabKlyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8
SundayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
SundayPompeiiTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11am-9pmTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11am-9pm
SundayRockn' Rick'sTBDTBD
SundayRuthie's Creperieoff
SundayRuthie's Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren Park
SundayRuthie's TooTruck YardTruck Yard
SundaySimply Dosatbd
SundayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayTBS 2Private Event
SundayWhats Cook-N Chef11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW
SundayWhat's Da ScoopPrivate party