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WATERLOO — The late winter hasn’t deterred food trucks from serving folks food on the go.

Kubo Filipino American Cuisine’s food truck started making the rounds in May, and other food trucks braved the cold weather in April.

Kubo can be found around the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area during lunch time providing mobile Filipino food to hungry people.

Unfortunately, this year they weren’t able to start until May 1 because of the later-than-average snow season.

Other food trucks came out in April and had good business, said Krystal Graves, Kubo’s owner.

A food truck license is “$50 per month, and we just avoided April with all of the snow that we had,” Graves said.

Cedar Falls requires food trucks to apply for a mobile food vendor license, which can cost up to $550 per year.

“I’m kind of a last-minute person, so it’s always stressful the month before getting permits,” Graves said.

The Rev. Willy Campbell doesn’t necessarily need to worry about the same kind of permits that Graves does because his food truck, Rib Heaven BBQ, is located in Waterloo, where a permit is not required, although licensing is. Rib Heaven BBQ is on the corner of Lafayette and East 11th streets in the parking lot of New Star Liquor.

So far Rib Heaven has been running pretty smooth, though Campbell had difficulty with the generator they use for their truck.

“Something went out. It was starting, but it wouldn’t send a charge,” Campbell said. “I’m out like $300 from getting mine fixed and renting one.”

Campbell also is the pastor of the Southern Baptist church, Cathedral of Saints Iowa.

“We use part of the proceeds to help out church,” Campbell said.

Campbell is located in one spot and doesn’t travel unlike Kubo. Graves has set up a schedule for Kubo so people know where to find them.

Kubo came out with a website this year with a calendar feature. “I know a lot of times it was an adventure to find us, not everyone has social media,” Graves said.

Kubo will be getting a second food truck soon.

“We’re calling it Kubo 2.0,” Graves said. “We were lucky to have a friend, they only used it three times and they wanted to find a good home for it. Everything is basically brand new.”

Along with a new truck, Kubo will be adding a new menu.

“We’ve just been busy with finding new menu items and practicing,” Graves said.

Chilly Cancela, Grave’s partner, plans to bring in more island cuisine.

“He’s half Puerto Rican and half Dominican, so right at the beginning of the season we introduced his black beans,” Graves said. “Really authentic black beans — different than any of the others that you might taste around here.”

Graves also wants to introduce more vegetarian items.

“We want to get a bigger crowd of people in,” Graves said.

In 2017 Graves often got questions about whether she had vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan items.

“We’re trying to attract all different people,” Graves said. “I think Filipino recipes do contain those things, we just have to figure them out and perfect them.”

Food truck season usually goes from May until the beginning of November.

“As long as we can, as long as the weather allows,” Graves said.

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