Food Truck Operator Gets Boost As Restaurant Struggles

In the absence of inside dining at most Bay Area restaurants, food trucks have seen an increase in popularity.

Food trucks have been popular around the Bay Area for many years, but never more since shelter-at-home orders reduced many restaurants to pick-up and delivery only. A food truck operator in Santa Rosa told KCBS Radio his business has skyrocketed and, for the first time ever, he’s offering free delivery.

At Tacos El Paisa, the chef is busy at the grill.

Owner Miguel Canseco showed me the truck’s tight quarters.

"A lot of people know us," Canseco said. "We’ve been here for a long time."

It’s been a tough time for Canseco, who had two businesses until two weeks ago.

"I just sold the restaurant because of the situation," Canseco said. "I just kept the truck because we can’t afford it."

The remaining staff have been moved over to the food truck.

"I have my employees, they’ve been with me for five or six years, so they stay with me," Canseco said.

Canseco admits he’s never been busier.

Business at food trucks has reportedly gone up 30% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.