CHAMPAIGN, IL – This month, two University of Illinois alums rolled a new eatery to campus that serves up gourmet-quality breakfast items to Illini on the go. Founded by Daniel Krause and Jeremy Mandell, who graduated in 2012, Cracked is the newest addition to the growing food truck community in Champaign-Urbana.

cracked food truck

Parked at Mathews Avenue and Stoughton Street in Urbana, the truck’s menu includes breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, veggie wraps, sides and beverages. Cracked is open Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with late night hours from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Just two and a half weeks into the business, Krause and Mandell have come to expect the unexpected on a day-to-day basis.

“There’s just so many uncontrollable variables in the business,” said Krause. “One or two things will go wrong whether you like it or not.”

Krause has learned the only way to get past these variables is to deal with them one day at a time.

“Today, our propane was acting up so we couldn’t start our deep fryer, so that slowed down all of the ticket times,” he said.

“Without propane we can’t run the grill, the double burner or the deep fryer, so it just really slows you down until you fix it.”

Find the entire article by Kelly Chuipek at the Daily Illini <here>


Cracked Truck

Twitter: @CrackedTruck

Cracked is a new Food Truck providing fresh, gourmet breakfast food to the Champaign-Urbana and Univ. of Illinois community, run by two foodies on a mission!

Champaign-Urbana, IL ·