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No stranger to producing food in a small space, Squeeze Inn owner Travis Hausauer rolled out his newest venture recently – The Squeeze Inn Truck.
“Part of it is of course getting in on the food truck craze, but it’s also having the ability to be more involved in the community,” truck owner Ken Bourquin said Tuesday, adding that he has had the truck at fundraiser events for the SPCA and other entities lately.
Currently, the focus is making sure the famous burgers match the quality of the ones served in the various brick-and-mortar locations throughout the region, he said.
“We have a big name and a good reputation, so I want to make sure that we’re doing justice to the history of The Squeeze Inn,” he said.
The truck just got its graphics wrap done, and it features a picture of the original Squeeze Inn location off Fruitridge Road on one side and three diners seated at stools.
Burgers are served with the signature “bubbling cheese skirt” from the truck, and while the equipment on a mobile platform is different, Bourquin said the food comes out the same.
One deviation is that there are currently no french fries being served on the truck, as the fryer can’t keep up with the demand, so chips are served instead, though he said he is looking to rectify the situation, and possible serve onion rings.
Prices are the same as the restaurants, he added, with a burger, chips and a soda running $10.
Don’t expect to see the truck running around Midtown and downtown Sacramento right away, however.
“We’re taking baby steps,” Bourquin said. “Mainly, right now, we’re doing a lot of fundraising and community events. We’re focusing on giving back to the community and not driving around on a route.”
That could change after a while, and Bourquin said his eventual goal is to serve food from the truck to people who can’t make it to a brick-and-mortar location on their lunch breaks.
The best way to get in touch with the truck, he said, is to call 712-3994, or visit The Squeeze Inn’s website.
Originally, The Squeeze Inn was located off Fruitridge and Power Inn roads, and it was successful even before it was featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” It has since expanded to Roseville, Galt and earlier this year, to Midtown.
Those interested in the newest way to grab a squeeze with cheese can follow the truck on Twitter, and Bourquin said social media efforts will be stepped up in the near future, allowing people to find out where the truck will be.
“We’re really excited, and we’re looking forward to being able to serve more customers,” he said. “We’ve been very blessed with the way Sacramento has received us.”