Starting up as a street food trader can be a great way to unshackle yourself from big business, get outdoors, make new friends, and turn a tidy profit. If you work hard and if you’re lucky. For some it’s also the start of something bigger - a step towards owning their own restaurant.
There are many other steps along the way - pop-ups, residencies, charmless meetings with the bank manager - but with hard work, determination, vision and a bit of help from some people along the way, a few have made the transition.
MEATliquor were the first to make the big step up from MEATwagon to bricks and mortar and they continue to roll on with three sites now in London and Brighton opening next month. Fellow burger-flippers, Lucky Chip (the hosts of our first ever Tweat Up at their Netil Market trailer), have been resident at The Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green since late 2011 and Pitt Cue Co. (hosts of Tweat Ups 2 and 3 on the South Bank under Hungerford Bridge) have been in Soho since January 2012. We helped put Yum Bun in to a cosy space next door to Rotary (there until the end of the year only so don’t miss ‘em) and in the past few weeks London’s joint best street pizzas have both found their way inside with Homeslice in Covent Garden and Pizza Pilgrims on Dean St. Nice work.
And so who’s next? Well, we’ll tell you who’s next. It’s these boys -
Next week Breddos Tacos begins its residency at Soho's Slider Bar, joining the short list of London traders who’ve made the leap inside. From a favela-styled, Saturdays only shack at Netil Market to five evenings a week at a subterranean Slider Bar via Truck Stop and Street Feast, the Breddos boys - university friends Chris and Nud – are on their way.
Breddos v. The Player will serve their usual killer selection of tacos and snacks including mint crunch fried chicken and short rib Dexter tacos as well as some brand new epic sliders. Primo amongst these is ‘The Breddo’ - an aged beef patty topped with Swiss cheese, chipotle mayo, shoestring fries and Monty’s home-smoked pastrami. What we’re most excited about though is that Slider Bar will become the ‘Home of the Chilliback’. That means #Chillibacks on demand five days a week, sunshine or rain. Dangerous. Unless you get the dosage right.
Breddos open their kitchen at Slider Bar for a series of soft launch nights on 28, 29, 30 and 31 August from 6pm. The food on these four nights is 50% off as they get the team up to full speed before the formal opening on Tuesday 3 September and then off they go. We wish them luck. For more information on the soft launches follow @SliderBar.
And after Breddos, who’s next and how can we help? Our money’s on... well we’re not saying. Not yet anyway.
Of course a life inside is not for everyone and Mark The Ribman seems determined to stay on the streets and to keep his sauces out of the supermarkets. But we think he secretly craves a little shelter from the elements, a warm place to relax and watch the away games on the big screen as the ribs slowly fall from the bone; cosy and smoking on his heated terrace with a keg on ice and some mates alongside - The Rib Crib©®™.
Maybe we’ll convince him one day.
Photo credit: The Gaztronome
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