A WYNNUM man who spent seven years running a phone repair and accessory shop at Capalaba has changed gears, launching a food business out of a modified army Unimog.
Lance Towns has fitted out the vehicle with an American wood smoker and plans to sell his meals, ranging from pulled pork to smoked chicken and spicy sausages, right across the Redlands and beyond.
The versatility of the Unimog means Mr Towns can travel just about anywhere, including the islands.
His plan for the future was to support businesses by setting up pop-up stores nearby and to trade at big events like school fetes and festivals.
Mr Towns said his background was in food but he had never pursued a career in the industry until now.
"I have always loved to cook," he said "I am technically a baker by trade, and my first job was doing a baker's apprenticeship.
"I worked in restaurants when I was younger but I never really followed the food path.
"I have a passion for food and love seeing the happiness on people's faces when they eat my food.
"I make everything from scratch, including barbecue sauce, coleslaw dressing and my mac and cheese, which is made from hand-made pasta.
"I am all about quality rather than trying to cut corners or skimp on something."
Mr Towns said his food truck, fitted with a custom built wood smoker, took four weeks to put together while he was still working his day job.
"It is definitely unique, definitely one of a kind," he said. "There are other trucks and other options out there, but the reality is there aren't a lot of Unimogs around, let alone one that serves food.
"I am stepping out of my normal business and going down the food truck path.
"It is the only truck doing what it is doing in the country and it is something very different."
Mr Towns is currently running the business on his own with the help of friends and family but plans to bring staff on board once he goes public.
He will launch the business just a few hundred metres from his old shop at Smith Street, Capalaba on Friday, July 31.
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