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Local food trucks experiencing positive effects during pandemic

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 09:13:30-04

BOZEMAN — People have seen so much of the negative effect on businesses during this pandemic. But for one industry, it’s had more of a positive effect.

“Not a lot has changed for food trucks. They still come outside, order outside and are in the open air. We have had to just keep up with the business and make sure everyone is safe,” explained Lindley Lynch the co-founder of Mountain Berry Bowls.

This food truck opened up three days ago in the middle of a global pandemic.

“This summer with the pandemic and everything we were like maybe we can open it spring of next year. We contacted them and they were like how about this summer? So, in the thirty days we’ve been working with them and put it together. So, it’s been a rush,” said Jonathan Sestrich the owner of Mountain Berry Bowls at the Bozeman location.

But just like other businesses, the food truck industry still has had to face some challenges.

“Our daily location seems to be busier than typical. But all of our events have been canceled and that’s a huge thing for food trucks. So, we’ve taken a hit that way, and we’re bummed because part of being a food truck and being at all the events is what we love so much,” Lynch said.

“We used to have a lot of customers from the universities and stuff. But since they closed or shut down, we haven’t had as much people as before,” explained Yoloitzel Contreras with Los Jarachos.

But for a lot of food trucks, they’ve seen a great response from their community.

“A lot of people get food to go than rather to eat here. I feel like it’s more comfortable out here in the open than in a restaurant because it’s more close. They gather more,” Contreras said.

Both food trucks are located in the parking lot of the Ashley Home Furniture Store on Main Street.