June 17, 2011

A Bike Food Business!

If the idea of starting a food truck business is appealing but rising gas prices has you nervous, what about a food bike business?  Yes, there is such a thing and hear locally in Seattle one of the stars of the food bike business is a small part-time company called Piecycle.  Started by Max Krushaar, a 22-year old university student, Piecycle uses pedal power to transport his delicious pies (the vegan dutch apple is a crowd favorite) around the University District on Friday and Saturday night.   So that means while other college kids are heading out to their favorite bar or party, Max is baking up pies and then hitching a trailor to his bike – which can weigh upwards of 200 pounds when fully loaded – and carts it all around with him until he sells out.   So a bike food business is certainly not for the faint of heart!  

But Max’s pies, which can be purchased by the pie or by the slice, are the hit of the neighborhood.   In addition to texting Max with their location, customers can also follow his movements via his Twitter Page so that when that pie craving strikes they can see if Piecycle is nearby.

I contacted Max a few weeks ago to see if I can could conduct a one-on-one interview with  him but he was too busy being filmed by The Food Network for an upcoming show.   Even though I couldn’t share his words of wisdom with you directly, his pies and the business concept itself was just too good not to share.  Be sure to keep an eye out on the Food Network for an upcoming (not yet scheduled) show featuring Max and Piecycle.

2 comments on “A Bike Food Business!

    • Jennifer on said:

      What permits you need will largely depend on where you’re located (country, state, and city laws can vary widely) as well as what products you’re creating. In most cases, in the US at least, you will need to have some type of health permit in order to sell food from a bike whether you’re actively selling it or simply delivering it. Sorry I can’t be more specific but it really is highly dependent.