1. Create a menu in which every item contains bacon – from several crispy strips to a 1/3-pound slab to a sprinkling of crumbled bits.
2. Start by opening for business in Armory Square from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, to cater to the bar crowd. In mid-winter.
Chris Dambach and the Bacon Brothers food truck are doing both.
Bacon Brothers launches at 9 p.m. Friday on the edge of a parking lot at the corner of South Franklin and West Washington streets, a block north of the Marriott hotel that opened last summer.
It’s the newest entry in the local food truck scene, which ramped up big time last year.
The 4-foot by 8-foot trailer -- topped by a metal pig -- is cozy. But Dambach and his brother-in-law Matt Visker will be equipped to offer everything from a Steak ‘n Bacon Sandwich to Bacon on a Stick (a thick-cut slab of bacon caramelized in maple syrup and seasoning.)
The Syracuse Cheese Steak and the Steak Taco are both sprinkled with what Dambach calls ‘bacon dust.”
“Everything’s got some bacon – even the smallest crumbled bits, the bacon dust,” Dambach said. "You can get a lot of bacon, or just a bit of bacon goodness."
Then there’s Bacon Brothers Glorious Garbage Plate (home fries with peppers and onions, seasoned steak, Bacon Mac & Cheese, a split Hofmann hot dog, cheddar cheese and two strips of bacon).
The side dishes have bacon, like the Bacon Mac & Cheese and Bacon Jam. So do the desserts: Chocolate Covered Bacon, Maple Cupcake with Bacon and Bacon Brownies, for example.
Dambach is a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War who also runs a landscaping business in North Syracuse. Visker, of Cicero, studied cooking at Johnson & Wales culinary school in Rhode Island and also works at Jolime Café in North Syracuse. On occasion, they will be assisted by Dambach's 13-year-old nephew, Caden.
The truck will operate late on Fridays and Saturdays for now, then possibly add more nights later in the season. Because it will sit on a privately owned lot, it doesn’t need a city permit (though it does need county health department permits).
Come spring, Bacon Brothers will set up during the day on a city-designated spot outside the Museum of Science and Technology in Armory Square. Dambach won the right to that spot in the city’s annual “hot dog” cart lottery in December.
Dambach credits several programs aimed at returning veterans for helping him get the business together. That includes Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, which serves as the truck's commissary (where preparation and cleaning require running water and sewer services).
Dambach is also excited about his mobile phone app -- Bacon Brothers -- which will allow customers to place their orders from their offices.
"It makes fast food even faster," he said."When you need bacon, right now, and you don't want to wait."