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Restaurants vs Mobile Kitchens

Can mobile kitchens and brick-and-mortar restaurants share a meal?

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This story appears in the June 2010 issue of Start Up.

A funny thing happened when food trucks took to the streets of America. Restaurants survived.

Sure, a few cities around the country may be starting to see a backlash by brick-and-mortar restaurants against the myriad mobile kitchens that have proliferated in a brutal economy. Every dining dollar counts these days, and a party of six eating dumplings or duck confit from a come-and-go curbside truck cuts into the income a "real" restaurateur needs to pay for everything from linens to dishwashers to rent itself.

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