The future of food carts
My recent post about the Piaggio Ape RV seems to have struck a chord; whether it’s the idea of minimalist camping or minimalist versatility that resonates, I can’t say.
I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to find more information about the company that built that camper Ape (which, in case you didn’t know, is pronounced AH-pay), without success. But I did run across something equally interesting.
Dreirad-Center Büsum, a Piaggio Ape dealer near Hamburg, Germany, offers the three-wheeled hotdog stand pictured above. Yes, that’s what they call it. These days, Germans eat hotdogs. And drink Budweiser.
As you can see, it’s a nifty setup for grilling ‘dogs and other tubular meat products. There are two sinks, and even a stereo! You’d not only be the envy of the food cart food court, but your operation is fully self-contained—no tow vehicle to mess with!
Dreirad (3-wheel in German) Center also offers coffee/wine bar versions, and even one from which you can serve cocktails! Well, in Europe anyway; U.S. liquor laws would probably make that difficult, if not impossible.
Then there’s the matter of being able to buy a new Ape in the U.S., which as far as I know, you can’t. You’d have to find one that’s more than 25 years old (doesn’t have to meet U.S. safety/emissions standards), then build your own food cart body on it. But then, under those circumstances, the possibilities are endless. Bratwurst, anyone?