Austin artist transforms food trailer craze



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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 12:45 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin is known around the country for its food trailer obsession. The city is now home to more than 1,400 mobile food eateries.

The Hey Cupcake food trailer on South Congress was one of the very first to inspire other business owners to open up shop.

Jeremy Bustillos is the artist who created the iconic looking airstream and has since transformed more than two dozen trailers in use around the country and in Central Texas.

Bustillos is the mastermind behind several creatively designed trailers including Bacon, Wholly Kabob, Dock and Roll and Nomad Dosa.

"Everybody says keep Austin weird, and that's what we are trying to do," said Bustillos.

One of his latest projects is the Guac and Roll trailer located at 43rd Street and Guadalupe at Dane's Body Shop. It's painted bright green, with a guacamole logo that ties into a mohawk on top.

"If our truck looks this good, our food better be good too, and it is," said owner Benjamin Miller.

Bustillos's company, JEK Creations, employs two people. It takes the team a month to finish customizing and transforming each food trailer.

That includes a new eatery on 7th Street in East Austin called El Chato Since 1958. It serves interior Mexican food from a bus. Bustillos created an artistic scene on the outside with famous sites around Austin and on the inside created seating for up to 10 people.

"His idea from the first time we met just convinced us he was the right guy to do the work," said El Chato manager Juan Mercado.

Bustillos' next project is a food trailer that will be located at The Domain in North Austin. It is commissioned by a new, retro-style hotel coming this summer called Lone Star Court.