Somebody needs to convince The Cashew to put a griddle in its "Short Bus" -- the half-size black school bus that runs drinkers to Chiefs games and concerts (while talking to them, feel free to ask them to go ahead and rename the bus, too).
Wired has the story of Le Truc, a new "bustaurant" that opened yesterday in San Francisco. The converted school bus seats 12 people and has an electronic system of ordering that alerts diners via text when their bacon-wrapped hot dog is done.
Why have a food truck when you can have a food bus? With room for indoor seating, it represents the natural hybrid of the dining car and the food truck. It can either be parked at a set location or can be driven around town attracting foodies like kids after the end-of-day school bell.
Chef Hugh Schick, who runs the truck with business partner Blake Tally, has also packed some serious technology into the bus.
Le Truc has developed a point-of-sale system similar to those in some upscale convenience stores and gas stations: Rather than overwhelming the kitchen staff with questions and orders, patrons sidle up to the kiosk outside the bus, browse the menu according to dietary specifications, and order their food electronically. An online version allows orders from computers or mobile phones -- when the food is done, the system sends a text.C'mon, Cashew. It's time to take those chicken-pepper-jack quesadillas on the road.