Local food trucks share how weather conditions affect their business

Cap's Food Truck at Crisp Lounge parking lot. | Photo by Karina Ramos Villalobos

Severe weather conditions at times decide for you whether to open your business or not. For the past few weeks, we’ve had storm after storm. Businesses like Cap’s Food Shack tell us how weather conditions affect their on-the-go business.

“Since we don’t have a restaurant and a dining area, people don’t want–a lot less people stop by,” said Michael Campusano, the owner of Cap’s Food Truck. “Some of our slowest days have been because of that.”

Even on clear days, Campusano says sales are lower if it’s cold. So, that’s why they added a delivery service for their food truck customers.

“We try to combat that by putting up a pop-up when it’s not too windy and then I have recently started offering online ordering and delivery through me, not through Doordash,” Campusano said. 

The delivery service has helped this business through severe weather conditions. But, that isn’t the case for other food trucks. Others like Cali Crew Hibachi Grill & Sushi, struggle to make sales on cold and rainy days. To the point where they close early if it’s slow. 

“I feel like the weather really does affect a lot of customers coming in,” said Liliana Bravoleon, a cashier at Cali Crew Hibachi Grill & Sushi. “I mean, we still come and post up and see if anybody else wants to still come in and enjoy some food. But obviously, if it’s very slow, we do close down a little bit earlier.”

Most food trucks like Cap’s and Cali Crew update their location and hours each day on social media to let their customers know of their whereabouts or closed days.