Three years ago, as a wave of layoffs hit surrounding school districts, Angel Mendez watched friends and fellow teachers lose their livelihoods. A fourth and fifth-grade teacher, Angel was shocked; his job wasn't as secure as he'd thought. He wasn't going to gamble with his son's future. Or his own. that's when he decided to dream bigger. Angel took matters into his own hand and started a food truck business.
Three years later, Angel is, well, busy. Now, after a day in the classroom, he fires up his truck to sell Belgian -and Dutch- style fries at concerts, venues, and outdoor events all across Las Vegas. Here's his story.
In the three years since starting his business, Angel has seen it all. On opening night, his fryers wouldn't work. On the way to a venue once, a wheel fell of his truck. Angel has had some bumps in the road. Literally. He's had to think on his feet, adapt, keep his sense of humor, and learn to repair a broken axel with whatever supplies he could scrounge from his food truck.
"Being a small-business owner definitely has its tricks of the trade. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. Things you could never plan for. You got to think on your feet."
When customers raved about his sauces, Angel saw opportunity and started bottling and selling his signature sauces.
Family will come back after a few soggy fries. Customers won't.
Angel's taught more than a few lessons (and scooped more than a few fries) fueled by coffee.
Angel is grateful for DJ and Kyle — trusted employees he can rely on when he needs a day off.
"If you don't have coverage at some events, they don't let you come in. Luckily, I have insurance with Insureon, and I never have to worry about it."
Basic lawsuit protection. Coverage for food illness, spoilage, loss of refrigeration. Meets food truck license requirements.
General Liability protection + property coverage. Protects kitchen equipment. Insures improvements made to food trucks and carts.
Covers your food truck or cart while you're driving. Covers vandalism and theft.