Food Truck Design Consultants


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In-Depth Mobile Food Truck Design Consultation

Unfortunately, distributing delectable goods to an eager crowd using a food truck is not as simple as it sounds. Ensuring you have the right permits (which vary by state, county, and city), as well as creating a design that is functional and meets the needs of a food truck (using LP instead of natural gas for many appliances) can be extremely difficult, especially if you don’t have professional experience.

Get a food truck designer that has years of experience and the ability to manage all of the important factors by coming to Rapids Contract & Design.

What Goes Into a Food Truck?

Food truck design demands efficient layouts in very limited spaces with LP gas appliances and gas generators. That’s where Rapids Contract & Design comes in with professional food truck design services. To ensure speedy ticket times—and more sales—everything must be accessible: Refrigeration equipment, sink, cooking equipment (e.g. range, griddle, fryer), prep space, steamtable, POS system and service windows. You also need room for ventilation, water heaters and storage for pots, pans and serving supplies. We can guide you to choose the best food truck or food trailer option for your area and design it to your specifications.

Rapids Contract & Design creates efficient mobile and ghost kitchen layouts based on the size of your food truck or trailer and your cooking requirements. Our CFSP-certified design experts will incorporate functionality into every available inch. The resulting food truck kitchen will be efficient from top to bottom. 

We also assist with branding your truck or trailer to catch customers’ eyes, whether you are on route to your location or parked and ready to serve. You may wish to further customize your food trailer or food truck design to attract food enthusiasts with awnings, electronic menus and lighting.

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What You Need To Get Started

When you’re planning to open a food truck, trailer or cart, the location where you will be able to park and serve will dictate many of your choices. Be sure to familiarize yourself with city ordinances and local health codes, as they may affect your food truck’s design. Check into the licenses and permits you will need, as there may be a number of them beyond drivers’ licenses, such as seller’s and parking permits, fire certificates and other documentation.

A business plan and budget will help you set expectations for marketing your cuisine successfully. Include plans for staffing and stocking your food truck in your budget and your design. Rapids Contract’s food truck designers can help you reduce costs and increase workflow and efficiency, which are essential for profitable food truck operation.

You may consider purchasing or leasing a used or new food truck or converting another vehicle or trailer into a food truck. We can help you evaluate your options, saving you money with design tailored to your needs.

Types Of Food Trucks

You will want to choose a food truck or food trailer based primarily on your location and how easy or difficult it is to maneuver and park on local streets. In busy, dense metro areas like St. Paul, Minneapolis and St. Louis, smaller food trucks will be much easier to park. In less dense cities, such as those in Iowa, food trailers are very popular. Food carts and ghost kitchens may also be useful for food truck owners in dense metros.

Straight Trucks and Sprinter Vans


  • Compact and self-contained
  • Easier to corner and park
  • Great for large, dense metros


  • More to maintain (engine plus kitchen)
  • Vehicle failure = Downtime

Food Trailers


  • Larger, more productive kitchen space
  • Can be pulled by different vehicles
  • Well-suited to lower traffic, lower density areas
  • Lower maintenance costs


  • Difficult to corner and back

Food Cart


  • Cost-effective startup option
  • Convenient for customers
  • Captive audiences in multi-floor office buildings


  • Requires off-site ghost kitchen for food prep

What You Need To Get Started

Whether you choose a new or used food truck or food trailer, Rapids Contract will optimize your vehicle design inside and out for your cooking and marketing needs. With locations in Minnesota, Iowa, North Carolina and Missouri, we can also service your food truck kitchen equipment with greater ease. 

Dedicated Catering Commercial Kitchen Layout Services

When it comes to your catering business, we know your focus is on delivering delicious food your customers will love. The health department, on the other hand, has different priorities. In order to legally cater food, you need a commercial catering kitchen that meets all of the health department requirements. These include using NSF approved equipment, having adequate ventilation and drainage, meeting electrical and plumbing requirements, and operating with food safety codes in mind.

That’s where the Rapids catering kitchen design team come in. They can take your budget, business plan, and space needs in combination with your personal preferences to put together a kitchen that will meet all of your needs and all of the health code requirements. 

The Food Truck and Catering Kitchen Design Services You Need, All In One Place:

Equipment and Smallwares Fulfillment – Rapids Contract & Design can handle everything from selection and arrangement to sourcing and installation of all of the necessary equipment in your food truck or commercial catering kitchen design.

You can also get your smallwares using our Rapids Wholesale webstore. The online store offers everything from cutlery and chafers to bigger equipment like convection ovens and fryers.

Facility Planning and Layout – From concept development to computer aided design and drafting (CADD) schematics, the Rapids team will work with you to incorporate the various variables into a commercial catering kitchen or food truck design you will love. These variables include site, budget, functionality, sustainability, menu, equipment needs, your ideas, and more.

Handling Local Code Requirements – Based on the specific regulations in place for your type of business, Rapids Contract & Design will address pertinent code issues by providing the documentation needed to ensure fast authorization.

Project Management and Coordination – The Rapids team will provide coordination plans for all electrical, plumbing, construction, and other vendors to ensure a smooth process from start to finish for your catering kitchen or food truck design build.

Money-Saving Design Planning – Here at Rapids Contract & Design, we know it’s not enough to design a food truck or small commercial kitchen that just meets your functionality requirements. You also deserve a design that can help save you money over time; by working with Rapids to create a design solution that is certified by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Program (LEED), you can save on many expenses and qualify for tax credits.


Rapids Contract serves the United States with locations in Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri!

Get in touch with one of our experts and let us know how we can help with any of your foodservice needs.

Talk to one of our experts right away and get immediate assistance. We are open Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm CST.

Get in touch with one of our experts and let us know how we can help with any of your foodservice needs.

Talk to one of our experts right away and get immediate assistance. We are open Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm CST.