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West Phoenix man making dreams come true with food truck designs

Posted at 8:12 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 03:08:46-04

It might not sound or look like a beginning of a culinary masterpiece, but in a west Phoenix shop, getting the right tools to make the perfect meal is what it's all about.

"Our job is to turn that from just a concept to an idea, into a tool," said Patrick Simeri.

Patrick started Stradabella Custom Mobile Kitchens. Patrick makes food trucks.

"Half my family was in the RV business. The other half was in the restaurant business and this is kind of a weird melding of the two," Simeri explained.

Staradabella now has 11 full-time employees, customizing every single food truck they make from start concept to finish. Two of their most popular, Waffle Crush and Spice it Up, even appeared on the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. 

Adam Erdman Vajo and John Martinez are about two weeks out from getting their custom food truck. Instead of working in fast food like they have, the two millennials decided having their own business was better.

"This feel more like a personal project," Vajo said. "We're actually eager for this business to grow."

The two, in their early 20s will take their mobile coffee shop Xpresso to college campuses and light rail stops.

As for Patrick, his business is finishing about three to four trucks a month and the orders just keep coming in.