Saturday, April 24, 2010
"Mobile lunch wagons..."
The price of food in restaurants on Kauai is representative of a tourist economy within an oil crisis. For the most part, heavily overpriced with small portions and poor service.
Everyone likes a good deal and with the advent of a couple of new lunch wagons in the Kapaa area I became excited since I thought great deals, local grinds. To my surprise, these mobile lunch wagons are charging as much and more as sit-down diners with full service. Burgers for $10, plate lunches for $14 and $15. These wagons are supposed to be an alternative, they do not have all the expenses of a full-service restaurant, they don't even have restrooms, this implies savings to the consumer, right? Wrong.
These wagons never seem to have any business. May I recommend a $5 plate lunch special, get people to try your grinds, get some business get established, do the math, sell 100 plates for $5, that's better than selling three plates for $14.
Until such time as these mobile lunch wagons change their ways, I'm sticking with Costco hot dogs and Burger King.
p.s. in Hawaii, the "Plate lunch" is isusually, an entree, rice, chow mein, macaroni salad, or green salad and or kim chee, the pl;ate lunch itself will be a future blog...