When Amy Goerdt's family moved back to Silver Bay last year, she wasn't sure what to do with herself. She'd worked for Wells Fargo for 10 years, but found her old branch closed when the family returned from Alabama for her husband's work.
She took it as her cue to start a nacho-based food truck.
"We'd been talking about doing a restaurant or food truck," Goerdt said. "My mom had always talked about starting her own restaurant and I'd worked in food service as a waitress for years. So we started looking into food trucks."
Originally, Na-cho Bizness was going to be focused solely on nachos. Goerdt and her husband, Chris, had visited a restaurant in Las Vegas, Nacho Daddy, that only served varieties of nachos.
"We thought the name was clever and nachos happen to be my husband's favorite food, so it made sense," Goerdt said. "But we also thought we'd better try to have some other options available, too."
The menu expanded to include burritos, burrito bowls and tacos. Goerdt said she stuck with the fast Tex-Mex fare because it was "like nothing else in Silver Bay."
"I didn't want to compete with any of the local established restaurants or concession stands," Goerdt said. "We just wanted to add more options and go completely off the local grid."
Goerdt said her family made the dishes a lot at home before starting the truck.
"We'd already started playing with making everything fresh, too, like our own salsas and guacamole, so why not share it?" Goerdt said.
But first, they'd need a truck. The couple ended up ordering a custom-built food truck from Tampa, Fla., after speaking with the health department and conducting their own research. Over five days, they drove down to Florida and drove the truck back to Silver Bay.
Goerdt said it's "a little challenging" to work in a food truck-sized kitchen.
"There's definitely a learning curve," she said. "Everything has to be done in the truck or in a commercial kitchen, so we try to keep it all in the truck. There's a lot more prep time and cleanup than I'd expected, but it's worth it."
The truck had its soft opening in early May. They parked the truck in Goerdt's mother's driveway and served their friends and family members.
"It was a lot of fun to have them try the food and get their feedback," Goerdt said. "It had taken a lot of work to get to that first day, so it was awesome."
Since then, Goerdt has developed a regular schedule for the truck at various locations throughout Two Harbors and Silver Bay. She announces the truck's schedule on Facebook at the start of every week and already has repeat customers who show up regularly.
"I have some who follow me on Facebook who show up everywhere I'm parked. It's craziness, but also awesome," Goerdt said. "We've even had one time where we ran out of food because it got so busy. That's kind of a good problem to have."
Catch Na-cho Bizness at the Lake County Highway Department open house from 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 24, and at the Silver Bay pickleball tournament Friday, June 28, starting at 9 a.m. at Rukavina Arena.