In the last couple of years, two food carts have started business in Corvallis: Cheesy Stuffed Burgers and Dave’s Weenies. Earlier this fall, four Oregon State students made that four with their Early Bird Kitchens cart. Over the last few weeks it has gotten the community’s attention.
“I ate at the Early Bird breakfast truck for the first time two weekends ago and I really liked it,” said Geoff Lowe, a senior majoring in digital communications and business. “They were fast and friendly and my meal was only $5 for a good sized breakfast burrito. I would definitely go back.”
Early Bird Kitchens was started by Ryan Fritz, a junior majoring in microbiology and psychology; Gerson Gonzalez, a junior majoring in sports science; Clay Gibson, a junior majoring in kinesiology; and Derek Schike, a junior majoring in business.
The truck officially opened on
Oct. 2 on Monroe Avenue in the little courtyard next to Cheesy Stuffed and Dave’s Weenies. Their hours are 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday. The truck also operates at the Saturday Market from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“Basically we are just four friends who had a good idea and came together and we actually made it happen after lots of planning,” said Fritz. “What is pretty cool is only one of us is a business major and none of us have ever done anything like this. One of our biggest challenges in the beginning was just rushing to try and open before school started.”
Something that makes this breakfast cart so unique is that Fritz, Gonzalez, Gibson, and Schike make all their own dough for the menu, which ranges from “Breakfast Pockets” to “Beaver Tails.” The most expensive item is only $5.
“Since none of us have done this [before] we have had to learn as we go. Saturdays after midnight have been our busiest nights. We eventually want to start a delivery service,” said Gonzalez.
For anyone who has spent time and walked around downtown Portland, it is easy to see that food carts are extremely popular. Most often offering small menus and fast service, carts like these tick a lot of boxes. They are often healthier and more affordable than fast food, and they’re almost always locally owned. This cart exemplifies all that.
By Greg Germano