Traveling food stands have been in existence for hundreds of years in various forms. One of these forms is today's popular concession stand. Vendors sell everything from ice cream to pretzels to alcoholic beverages. Concession stands are found at carnivals, town festivals and sporting events, as well as a variety of other places. These small food stands need to be designed with efficiency, safety and health codes in mind.
Sketch out on graph paper the approximate dimensions of your stand. Most likely your stand will be rectangular in shape. Most stands are capable of being pulled behind a vehicle and the dimensions of your stand should make travel easy. Sketch out space for any awnings, tow packages, fuel and water tanks, if needed, and seating.
Outline storage space. Concession stands need to have efficient and appropriate storage areas. Refrigerated and frozen foods need to be kept at the right temperatures. These appliances need to be placed efficiently. The general rule of thumb is arranging appliances in a 'work triangle' with the appliances forming the points. This allows for quick retrieval of food items. Cabinets need to be within reach, preventing any stretching or bending. You'll also need space for storing non-food items and cleaners.
Sketch in your stove, grill, deep fryers and microwave cooking areas. These areas need to be away from spaces that will have flammable items nearby. During peak stand hours, limited space inside a concession stand ups the danger of fires. Also ensure that people working in these areas have sufficient space to move around in.
Set aside space for seating and serving your patrons. Many concession stands do not have seating, but all will need an area to deliver the food to the customers. This area needs to be prominent and at the front of the stand. Place awnings over the serving area to protect against the elements, and create space for lines of customers to wait. Consider having an order window and a pickup window to prevent congestion. Seating can be directly beside the stand or may be a park with picnic seating that's nearby. If you do include seating with your stand, ensure you have an awning or tent and a place to store your equipment. A separate trailer to attach to your concession stand can be used for this purpose.
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