On today’s episode, we’re talking with Kelly Partusch, owner of 402 BBQ Food Truck. Find out how she is carrying on her husband’s legacy.
Down To Business:
On today’s episode of Just Biz, Omaha Style we’re talking with Kelly Partusch, owner of 402 BBQ Food Truck. She started the business with her late husband Todd in 2014 and opened a drive-thru location in August 2020.
“I enjoy carrying on my husband’s legacy. I hope he would be proud of how I’ve done it,” said Kelly.
Her husband Todd barbecued his whole life. He competed and placed in BBQ competitions with his dad and brother. Back in the day, he cooked on anything he could make a pit out of. Nowadays, Kelly uses top-of-the-line Ben Lang reverse flow smokers with digital thermometers for the most consistent and delicious barbecue.
At 402 BBQ everything is 100% homemade. They hand make everything; including sauces, sides, secret rubs, and marinades.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Kelly talk about:
- How they started in the food truck business
- How Covid affected her business
- What advice she has for new entrepreneurs
- The biggest challenge of starting a business
- What makes her business unique
Listen to the full podcast in the audio player above or the timestamps below to jump to a specific section.
1:48 – Starting the business
2:10 – Where to find the food truck
3:01 – Employees
4:25 – Drive-thru
5:32 – Covid
6:22 – Her own timeline
8:07 – Food truck
10:47 – Advice
12:39 – The challenge of starting
15:34 – Unique business
16:05 – Advertising
18:24 – Favorite social media inspiration
22:05 – Traits of good employees
24:35 – In five years
“I enjoy carrying on my husband’s legacy. I hope he would be proud of how I’ve done it.” – Kelly
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