Minute Man Announces Significant Expansion of Mobile Restaurants & Launch of Non-Profit Foundation
Minute Man Restaurant Group announces its intent to dramatically expand its mobile food business to expedite growth of this legendary brand, to include the purchase of the world's most unique food truck.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Minute Man Restaurants of Arkansas is excited to announce that due to the significant success of its Minute Man Mobile food truck enterprise it is dramatically expanding its scope and reach, to include the immediate addition of the world famous "Space Shuttle Café" mobile restaurant to its fleet.
The Space Shuttle Café is a converted DC-3 Airplane that saw service in WW II in 1944. It is the only road worthy DC-3 airplane licensed for street use in the world. After WW II, the plane saw service as a commercial airliner on the East Coast and is reputed to have been hijacked to Havana Cuba but later liberated from the communist Castro regime and returned to the USA in the late 1960's.
In the 1990's, the DC-3 was converted into its current design configuration with specifications based on the now retired Challenger Space Shuttle. In 2015, the vehicle was upgraded to a full commercial food-service kitchen by the award-wining Shanghai Mobile Kitchens Solution Group in New York City.
In addition to the recent acquisition of the Space Shuttle Cafe, Minute Man Restaurants has entered into a partnership with a Texas-based food truck developer to build a fleet of customized units designed specifically around the unique Minute Man Mobile menu offering. The first unit is expected to arrive in Arkansas in March.
"We have witnessed incredible demand for the Minute Man brand across the state," stated Perry Smith, President of Minute Man Arkansas. "Given the inherent flexibility of the mobile model, which allows us to both establish a predictable service schedule in townships across the state while also offering full customization for private bookings, such as supporting office luncheons, wedding and birthday parties, tailgating parties, apartment complex celebrations, etc., we have realized we can delight many more customers by offering a robust mobile presence to complement our traditional stand-alone restaurant offering," he added.
In line with this mobile restaurant expansion, the company also recently launched the Minute Man Foundation. The mission, duty and purpose of the 501-c-3 Not-for-Profit Foundation is to provide qualified U.S. military veterans of all branches of service access to low to no cost hospitality licensing and franchising opportunities to support our objective of creating more VETREPRENEURS—veteran owned and operated small businesses, across the United States.
According to CMSgt (Ret) Mike Klintworth, President of the Minute Man Foundation, "the intent of the foundation is two-fold: leverage the iconic 73-year-old hospitality brands commitment to service to facilitate veterans' access to low to no-cost mobile and small store front Minute Man food service locations and to help reduce hunger and food insecurity across the state of Arkansas." To this end, "I am proud to announce our first initiative launched this week with our "Buy One Give One Mobile Food Giveaway", where we will be donating and delivering up to 500 free meals at a special location to be announced later this month," Klintworth added.
In addition to the expansion of mobile operations and the launch of the Non-profit Minute Man Foundation, the company intends to add another physical location in Little Rock this year. Currently, Minute Man restaurants are located in Jacksonville and El Dorado, AR. Visit www.MinuteManBurgers.com for additional information or contact Matthew T. Fritz, Chief Operating Officer, at [email protected].