We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Simuns and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mike, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
KISS – Keep it simple stupid… What I mean by that, keeping it small and manageable and staying focused on the desired outcome. On my biscuit truck I could have done a side of gravy or hash browns. I could have done anything. These are all good ideas, but by specifically narrowing my focus I was able to keep my overhead down and to keep this as a one-man job. So many trucks swing for the fences, they feel that just because they can and have the talent that they should… But I believe that all steps, even small ones like adding gravy or hash browns, are still a step in a unfocused direction… and small steps add up to big steps and can drown you in work if not careful. This is one of the keys to my success. “Keep it simple stupid” allows me to build an easily identifiable and marketable brand.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our food truck business is off to a great start this year. We have one food truck in service, another being built with plans to expand and include a commissary built by a food truck for food trucks. Getting here was not easy, I spent all of my twenties traveling and cooking in every different restaurant setting you could image. I have worked as a cook, server, bartender, kitchen manager, dish washer, host and busser all in prep for striking out on my own. My goal was to own my own brick and mortar restaurant, but the pandemic showed me that a food truck was a better vehicle to pursue my dreams. I learned to be incredibly flexible growing my brand. I have always had a vision of a simple, streamlined restaurant experience.. and now I get to start that journey. My real wish is to help other people pursue their dreams of owning/operating their own food truck. I want to use my experiences to help others find success by eventually starting a food truck incubator within my commissary

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First things first, Longmont is a haven for breweries, distilleries, dispensaries, and world class food trucks. We would start right in our own neighborhood; you can find Copper Sky distillery and GrossenBart brewery. While enjoying our favorite beverages, we are lucky enough to have Shinkyu-No serving their life changing dumplings.

The next morning, we trek downtown to Meco coffee collective for an awesome start to the morning with freshly brewed Nimbus coffee and pastries. For a little adventure, we head up to Lyons for a hike at Heil Ranch. Once back in town we can stop by Shoes & Brews to get fitted for a great running shoe, enjoy some more fantastic Colorado brews and if we are lucky Gaijin Street Food will be serving dinner. Once we have our brews, shoes and dinner, it’s time for a quiet stroll on the Longmont Greenway which runs along left hand creek.

On our last day, we have to start our day at Javastop for coffee to get fortified for our outing to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain national park… you can’t visit Colorado without at least one trip to the mountains. When we return, a must is some Mexican food at Gordo’s Red Tacos food truck and then heading to Wibby Brewing for that final Colorado beer

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Longmont Elks – BPO 1055. The Longmont elks were instrumental in me being successful. by providing a kitchen commissary that allowed me 24 hours access and the ability to work and learn from other food trucks here in Longmont. It gave us the ability to be flexible, to grow and change directions as we were learning how to be “biscuits @Mike’s”. They have setup their facility specifically to support the local food truck community and worked with all of us be an affordable home base. They also are great at networking their greater community as companies and/or individuals look for local services.

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Image Credits
Lyn Simuns

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