Food trucks hit hard by high gas prices in Las Vegas
Local food trucks are having a hard time with the recent rise in gas prices.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Las Vegas is $3.82. In the last two months, prices have shot up around the country.
Not only does it put a strain on your wallet, but also the small businesses who rely on it.
The food truck business in Las Vegas is booming. Their business, though, is based on constant relocation. So when gas prices go up, so does the pressure.
"There is no way around it," said John Ynigues with Grouchy John's Coffee. "We run on gas. All our electricity runs on gas. We have to get to the places we go."
Those places may be limited now that a gallon of gas nears $4.
While some trucks may be shortening their distance to save on gas and cut costs, others are expanding to make more money.
"It's about as many places as we can go, to offset we've got to increase our sales and keep going after more business in order to pay for the extra costs," said Doug Porter, owner of Curbside Cafe.
All owners and operators Action News spoke with said they are not raising their prices for now.
"We haven't changed our prices in three years. We try to keep it as affordable as possible," said Colin Fukunaga, owner of Fuku Burger.
If gas prices start impacting restaurant food suppliers or customers driving out to see them, that's when they'll start to feel the heat. But for now, they'll just keep on truckin'.