When The Flying Stove hit the streets in December, the food truck concept was fairly foreign to Wichita.
It took local diners a little while to catch on.
“When we first started, people would walk by the truck and ignore it, and it’s hard to ignore it,” said Jeff Schauf, who owns the big orange gourmet food truck with his chef/brother Rob. “They felt like if they locked eyes with me, they’d be required to buy something.”
Nine months later, not only are diners making eye contact, they’re following The Flying Stove and a fleet of other mobile food vendors all around town.
Since The Flying Stove’s debut, at least a half dozen other food trucks have rolled out, as have several smaller mobile food businesses selling sandwiches, cupcakes, coffee drinks, hot dogs, tacos and more.
Here is a guide to the street food vendors that have appeared in Wichita this year:
Poore hopes to eventually upgrade to a trailer with an open canopy and is working with someone to help him design it. He also hopes to add more barbecue options to his menu. For now, he’s serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and will try a late-night shift on Friday, when he’ll park near First and Mosley from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Diners can determine his location each day by checking the Facebook page www.facebook.com/JarheadsLlc or by calling 316-992-1733.
The Tandocs try to be out every weekday, and they update their location on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EspressoToGoGo. They’ll be at the American Red Cross, 707 N. Main, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, and at Wilson Estates, 8621 E. 21st St., from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday.
They work several events around town and also park at Royal Caribbean, 4729 S. Palisade, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays; at Cricket Alley Boutique, 1820 N. Tyler Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays; and at Aida’s, 920 E. First St., from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the truck moves around, and the Schoenhalses update their location on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cakefacebakeshop. The business has picked up lately, Summer said, and she likes that she can bring her kids to work with her. Her children, ages 11, 12 and 17, have their food handler’s licenses and regularly help out.
“We had kind of a very slow start, but now it’s getting to where we are hard-pressed to keep up,” she said. “It’s great and is so much more fun.” They can be reached by calling 316-207-2828.
This fall, he’ll also be serving at Friends University football games. His menu is visible at relish-it.com. Reach him at 316-371-7247.