Want to own a popular Lansing food truck? Bangos is for sale – Lansing State Journal

LANSING — When Aharon Hebert and Will Green started Bangos, their Lansing-centered food truck, in summer 2019 it wasn’t meant to stand on its own.
“We were originally going to open a comedy club because we know each other from doing stand-up,” Hebert said.
The truck, a former Frito-Lay delivery vehicle they painted baby blue and retrofitted with a kitchen, would be parked outside the club after it opened, he said, eliminating the need for a menu or kitchen inside.
The comedy club never came to fruition, but Bangos took off.
On the weekend mornings, customers often form a line outside the truck in one of the two spots where Hebert parks it — outside Babe’s Corner off East Michigan Avenue or The Brew Café off North Creyts Road.
Then customers wait to order one of Hebert’s breakfast sandwich creations alongside an order of the “Nasty AF” potatoes smothered in cheese and “bang bang” sauce.
Bangos is so “entrenched” in Lansing that the few times Hebert, 32, attempted to park it elsewhere bad luck followed, he claimed.
“We went to St. Johns twice in 2020,” Hebert said. “We got a flat tire once and then our transmission broke the other time. We decided we’re just gonna stay here.”
So when Hebert and Green decided they need to give up the business — Hebert, the truck’s chef, is moving to Bangor, Maine, in the fall and Green already works full time as a teacher — they decided their best option was to sell it to someone who will keep it in Lansing.
They announced plans to sell Bangos late last month. The right buyer will benefit from the groundwork that’s already been laid, Green, 38, said.
“They can kind of hit the ground running from day one,” he said.
Hebert and Green are open to selling the truck by itself, but also as a ready-made mobile business, along with Bangos’ recipes.
“If no one wants to buy it, it’ll move to Bangor with me, but it’s such a Lansing thing I’d like it to continue here,” Hebert said in a Feb. 22 post to Bangos’ Facebook page announcing plans to sell. “No one in Maine knows what a Bango is. We spent 2 1/2 years explaining our names and abbreviations and building up regulars, I’d hate to see it just end here.”
Bangos already has a following, Green said.
“It’s hard to go from nothing to having frequent customers, and regulars and stuff,” he said. “Sometimes we’ll sit there and just appreciate how many regulars we have. There are so many people who we know by name.”
The truck’s kitchen is outfitted with an oven, six burners and a fryer. The equipment accommodates making Bangos’ breakfast burgers and sandwich creations named for neighborhoods in Portland, Maine, where Hebert once lived and worked.
Hebert said he would commit some time to help the right buyer learn how to make Bangos’ recipes.
Hebert declined to set a price for Bangos. The price depends on what someone is interested in buying, he said.
“We would like to sell Bangos the business, kind of what people know, the recipes and the food and the truck,” Hebert said. “I guess if somebody just wanted to buy the concept, then maybe that’s something we’d be interested in. We have had people that are just interested in having a physical truck.”
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Hebert and Green said they have received over a dozen inquiries about the business or the truck in the last few weeks.
That’s been a surprise, Hebert said.
“I thought, possibly, no one would be interested,” he said.
“We’ve had a ton of interest,” Green said. “We’ve got a couple of people that we’re talking to in detail right now. We’re going to work through them and see who else is interested.”
They’ll likely continue operating Bangos through the spring and summer, Hebert said, or until they find the right buyer for the business. He thinks that would be someone with restaurant experience.
If they don’t find a buyer, Hebert might still consider taking the truck with him to Maine.
The fate of Babe’s Corner, the sandwich and ice cream shop Hebert and Green own on East Michigan Avenue, is still undecided.
Hebert plans to run it through the summer, though he may sell that, too, he said.
He’ll miss Lansing, Hebert said.
“We’ve definitely met a lot of people here,” he said. “It feels like we’ve earned some Lansing cred from being here and doing something.”
Anyone interested in inquiring about buying Bangos food truck can email Hebert and Green at bangosbangosbangos@gmail.com.
Contact Rachel Greco at rgreco@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @GrecoatLSJ .

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