The owners of a disabled Wichita food truck are extra thankful this year, especially to the people who helped them get back on the road.
Using the $1,500 their fellow food truckers raised for them at a fundraiser earlier this month, the owners of B.S. Sandwich Press were able to pay their mechanic to install a new engine. This afternoon, they’ll be back in business after an almost five-week shutdown.
“We are so happy to be back up and running,” said Jodi Buchanan, who owns and runs the truck with her brother, Doug.
B.S. Sandwich Press has been down since Oct. 22, when the truck’s engine failed. Though the owners had their custom-built, 18-foot truck wrapped and refitted with a new kitchen just a year ago, the truck itself was not new.
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Seeing the Buchanans in distress, Flying Stove co-owner Jeff Schauf organized a one-night benefit at the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park, and the trucks involved, including Flying Stove, Funky Monkey Munchies and Sunflower Espresso Wichita, donated portion of sales from the evening to the engine cause.
Jodi Buchanan said that their ace mechanic, Tony Wilson, was able to fashion together a replacement engine using parts from an old engine and the truck’s disabled engine. The owners heard the familiar purr of the engine when Wilson got it started back up on Monday night.
They’re taking the truck out for its big re-debut today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wichita State University Food Truck Plaza. They’ll take a break for Thanksgiving starting Wednesday and then be back in full force next week. Fans can find out where they’ll be by referencing their Facebook page.
Jodi Buchanan said she and her brother will spend the holiday giving thanks for their supportive friends in the food truck community.
“It was a huge blessing,” she said. “And just the moral support and emotional uplift that it gave us was even bigger than that. We love the other food truckers.”