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4&20 Bakers becomes Statesboro’s first food truck with help of Georgia Southern Business Innovation Group

cupcakesStatesboro’s first ever food truck is finally here. That’s right, Statesboro is now home to a mobile concessions vehicle that is owned and operated by local farmer, baker and business owner Chad Montgomery.

Montgomery is the creator and owner of a local baked goods catering business known as 4 & 20 Bakers.

The business, which Montgomery started in the area just one year ago, has slowly gained recognition for its production of elaborate cupcakes.

Last spring, 4 & 20 Bakers collaborated with Three Tree Coffee so that Montgomery’s cupcakes could be available for purchase at Three Tree’s shop. Now, Montgomery parks his food truck in popular spots around Statesboro, selling his unique cupcakes and Three Tree coffee.

The 4 & 20 Bakers food truck can be found at the downtown Statesboro farmer’s market every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and across from the stadium in what used to be Big Show’s parking lot, which Montgomery refers to as “the crow’s nest.”

Montgomery explained that owning a mobile concessions operation has been his goal for quite some time now.

“Five years ago, I wrote my business plan, and having a mobile concession was one thing I’ve always wanted to achieve,” Montgomery said.

After some time, Montgomery decided it was time achieve his goal. To do so, he worked with the Business Innovation Group in downtown. The group helped him organize the resources he needed to get his baked goods and Three Tree’s coffee on wheels.

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Chad Montgomery, creator and owner of 4 & 20 Bakers.

“The best thing with having a concessions trailer is it allows me to channel my compulsiveness of wanting to do something better and make something new. I can channel my creativity in new ways,” Montgomery said.

In channeling his creativity, Montgomery promises to continue to bake and sell his popular cupcakes but also create something different for his menu whenever he comes up with new ideas.

For example, he will be putting a new item on the menu which is a turtle brownie with a caramel filling he made from scratch.

Some of Montgomery’s other unique options include a selection of hot and savory cupcakes he calls “mancakes”. One of his best sellers from the mancakes selection is the “cornfed” which is a cornbread muffin stuffed with pulled pork he gets from Register’s Bar-B-Q restaurant The Painted Chef,

He also makes the “buffchick”, which is a buffalo wing cupcake.

Although Montgomery’s food truck mainly sells cupcakes and coffee, he also makes fresh homemade lemonade. Aside from traditional lemonade, he makes strawberry and peach lemonade which he makes from the produce of local farmers.

Everything Montgomery makes is made from produce either from his own farm, or a local source.

Montgomery was at the downtown Farmer’s Market for the second time last Saturday, where his food truck has been growing more and more popular. There, Jason and Trish Evans, two locals new to the Statesboro area got to try some of 4 & 20 Bakers products.

“Our daughter has many food allergies, so we got her a vegan cupcake,” Jason Evans said.

Montgomery made sure that 4 & 20 Bakers has options for people of all dietary needs.

“I love that he [Montgomery] caters to people with special dietary needs. Everyone should come by and support him,” Trish Evans said.

The truck will be serving customers at the crow’s nest on the weekends from around 5:00 p.m. until he sells out. It will also be there for every GS home football game this season.

In the future, one can look forward to finding the 4 & 20 Bakers truck in the botanical gardens, where Montgomery plans to be set up on a weekly basis, once the gardens’ restoration is complete.

You can also follow 4 & 20 Bakers on Facebook and Twitter to find out if Montgomery will be set up somewhere different for a day.

 

This article was originally written by Thomas Barszcz on September 12, 2016. The original article can be found here.

Posted in Economic Development, Research Express News

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