Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita food truck upgrading, turning old rig into a burger business

The new B.S. Sandwich Press truck should be ready to go in a few weeks.
The new B.S. Sandwich Press truck should be ready to go in a few weeks.

One of Wichita’s original food trucks, B.S. Sandwich Press, is about to get a fancy new rig.

But it isn’t tossing aside the orange trailer that served it well for nearly four years. The owners are partnering with one of their employees to open Wichita’s first gourmet burger food truck.

Doug Buchanan and his sister, Jodi, opened B.S. Sandwich Press in March 2012, just a few months after Wichita’s first modern food truck, The Flying Stove. They wanted a full-size truck, Jodi said, but at the time, a pull-behind trailer was all they had time to secure. The 10-foot trailer, wrapped in bright orange with black writing, has been a fixture at food truck rallies and events ever since.

The siblings have been saving, and within a few weeks, they should have a new custom-built, 18-foot truck, complete with a fancy graphics job, separate windows for ordering and pickup, a quieter generator, a sound system, and a massive kitchen on-board.

“It’s going to allow us to be so much faster and hold so much more product,” Jodi said. “I think it’s really going to help business a lot.”

Once the new truck arrives, the Buchanans will turn their original trailer into a new business. They’re partnering with employee Tanisha Babino, who started working with them in March, to open Lil’ Bit Gourmet Burgers.

Babino plans to serve burgers, fresh-cut fries and sweet potato tots. She’ll still work for B.S. Sandwich Press but will also run the trailer in the new pop-up park on Douglas and at local food truck rallies.

Babino, who is working with her fiance, Jacob Riddle, on the project, said she’s planning to hang a banner with the new name on the trailer for the short term. Soon, it will have a whole new look.

Lil’ Bit should open a couple of weeks after the Buchanans get the new truck rolling, Babin said. She plans to serve her famous patty melt, made with sauteed onions and pepper jack cheese on sourdough bread, and she’ll also have burgers topped with ingredients like sauteed mushrooms, ham and Swiss cheese.

The Buchanans are planning to throw a party when the new food truck arrives and invite people to tour it. They’ll sell food and offer samples out of the old rig and may invite a couple of other food trucks to serve at the event. Jodi promised to update me with details.