Local food trucks are trying to survive rising gas prices
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – “It had a significant impact on the business.”
South Cow Food Truck owner Patrick McKinney says it would typically cost around $50 to fill his truck.
“Of course, we drive daily. We use gas for generators, so I immediately saw an increase in our weekly expenses and it was difficult,” McKinney said.
Now he spends up to $100 to refuel his truck, which he drives daily. And for his generator, that cost went from $10 to $30 to fill it up.
“I know, me personally, that ten to fifteen dollars a day is what I’ve seen going up and it’s daily with us traveling sometimes 4,6,7 times a week. So it can add up,” McKinney said.
Many food truck owners around the world have raised the price of their menu items to help cover rising gas prices. McKinney, however, chose not to. He says he doesn’t want to see the impact on his customers.
“What I’m going to do is just continue to serve my customers and not pass anything on to my customers because they’re already kind of affected by this themselves. So it would be like a double impact if I charged them more, and they are already charged more to go to work and do what they have to do. So I’m just putting up with it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s fair because everyone is affected. So you shouldn’t have to pay more to get to work, pick up your kids from daycare, etc., and then have to pay more to get food from me. So, I’ve decided not to pass this on to customers, we’ll just deal with it and at some point it will go back to normal, otherwise it will be the new normal. We are used to normal changes, so we can adapt, grow and be fine.
South Cow uses one generator, but many other larger trucks use up to four generators when running.
“My food truck, which I created from an old Chevy pickup, so I couldn’t compare gas prices, for example Lady Bugs or Empanadas which has a gigantic truck, which probably already had bills fuel.”
The average price for self-serve unleaded gasoline in Bowling Green is $3.945 per gallon.
“If we had no gas, if all of a sudden there was a complete gas cut, if I couldn’t have propane, I would freak out, but right now I’m just glad the sky is bright, the summer is about to be upon us, and I think everything will be fine.
McKinney and his company are barely getting by today, hoping to see light at the end of the tunnel soon.
“A lot of times I find myself putting on just enough hoping it’ll be a little better next time,” he said.
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