My Outlook: Jan Clem

JJ and Jan ClemHow did you get into the food truck business?

We always wanted to have a restaurant. My son and my husband decided that they were going to do this. My husband always cooked and my son likes to cook, too. Our food truck has been on the streets since March.

What is the first thing people ask when they find out you run a food truck?

“Do I have fun?” I tell them it’s a blast!

What is it like running a food truck?

It is very exciting, It’s also very hot! What’s fun is that we get to see the same faces and new people. We get to pick and choose where we want to be. People constantly call us wanting us to come out to their businesses, and they are excited we are there—that’s the most fun part of all.

What are some of the biggest challenges?

Just keeping everything going. My husband John and my son JJ put the whole thing together. They bought the truck—it was just a shell. They put the plumbing and machinery in it while making sure it was up to code. It took a lot of detail work and a lot of researching. We are very particular about everything we do.

What are the best benefits?

We are a family that gets to be together all the time and we work well together.

How do you do the actual cooking?

Our food truck is our kitchen. We have a smoker