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Monalisa Das| The News Minute| May 25, 2014| 12.36 pm IST Food trucks are a common sight in many countries in the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France. In India, however, we flock to dhabas and thelas, when we want to give restaurants a pass. However, that seems to be slowly changing, with the food truck phenomenon hitting India as well. Bangalore based Siddhanth Sawkar recently launched Spitfire BBQ, a first-of-its-kind barbeque truck in the city. Sawkar ran an outdoor catering business by the same name a year-and-a-half ago. However, it didn't become a hit as he expected it to be, and was dependent mostly on orders- No orders equaled to no business. Around two months ago the truck idea truck Sawkar, “I ask people to come to me for food now. How about I go to people with food instead?” And that’s how the Spitfire BBQ truck was born and subsequently launched 3 weeks ago. “But why a food truck? It’s not even common in India”, I ask him. “That’s the main reason I wanted to run a truck”, he is quick to reply. He did a 3 month culinary course from Italy and his teacher who also ran food trucks, was an inspiration for him. His initiative is already grabbing fans; a look at the Facebook page gives a picture. The Facebook page smacks with saucy attitude and says, "Get The Best Dude Food In Town (Bangalore For Now) Like We Always Say, "It's No Sin To Get Sauce On Your Chin." Sawkar, who’s been in the food industry for around 4 years now, is the chef and owner of the BBQ truck. The truck boasts of a limited but delectable menu including New York Hot dog, the hot-seller barbeque chicken steak burger and a vegetarian coleslaw burger. In fact his hot dogs and burgers have become so popular that they are sold out even on weekdays. Fresh breads and meat from local farms that are lend distinct flavours to his dishes, he adds. It has been an uphill ride till now for Sawkar, except instances when restaurant owners have called the cops or asked him to move his truck from the vicinity of their business. He has also come across cops who demanded bribes. However, these are just among few of the teething problems. Since the food truck industry in India is still in its nascent stage, the BBMP doesn’t accept it officially. He doesn't need any permit as of now. But if more such food trucks were to open in the city, the BBMP would begin issuing permits. In the three weeks of its inception, the truck operated in Indiranagar in the first week and since then is in Koramangala. “The response has been amazing. 99% of the people have accepted us with open arms”, says an ecstatic Sawkar. Though new, Spitfire BBQ seems to be quite interesting and promising a concept. Only time can tell what future this concept holds in our country. Considering our love for food, this may not be that difficult.

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