Bear’s Backyard Grill is for sale. Who wants it? Who should have it? How?

Bear's Backyard Grill burst onto the Northern Colorado food scene in June of 2014 and served thousands of satisfied customers at food truck rallies, birthday parties and weddings, company picnics, and all kinds of other special events by the end of 2015, when we discontinued operations. Burn hot, burn bright, burn out - like a shooting star!

For me (founder Curt Bear), making a small business out of my passion for food was a good way to risk falling out of love with both, and so I chose to...

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Matilda is For Sale – Writing the Next Chapter of Bear’s Backyard!

With the publishing of this blog post, and a related Craigslist posting, Matilda will be for sale and we'll have officially begun writing the next chapter in the story of Bear's Backyard. Most of you know already that Bear's Backyard has been hibernating, founder Curt Bear is focused on his two other businesses, and is working to develop the right transition plan for the long-term future of the business. Many ask why, with such a great early following, Curt decided to move on. The ...

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Preparing for Adventure and the South X Southwest Festival!

I'm writing from the road this morning, some 200 miles from Austin and a couple of days from serving our first customers at South x Southwest - the inaugural festival for Nomad Street Cuisine's new festival trailer, Danny Boy. For the record, Danny Boy draws a lot of inspiration from Woody, Bear's Backyard's first rig and the first open-air trailer approved by Larimer County Health. That said, Danny Boy is awesome, and at the risk of offending Woody I'd trade rigs in a heartbeat. Danny Boy fe...

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Top 5 Reasons People Want to be Food Truckers!

A number of developments and observations inspire my post today. First, the large group of new food trucks entering the marketplace - rumor has it there will be ten new rigs roaming the breweries and special events of the Fort Collins area this spring. (Side note: Get your friends and neighbors out for some street food this year, because the overall market will have to grow for all of us food truckers to eat!) Second, the overwhelming response to our Craigslist advert looking for a Flexi-Help...

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The Rise of the “Holiday Party”

Bear's Backyard has booked a few holiday parties during December, and is looking to book a few more. We love being the food provider for events of all kinds, but celebration events are the best - everyone is having a good time, smiles and good cheer carry the day. Among the celebration events, holiday parties and Christmas parties rise to the top - they've got everything the others do, plus often times there is a white elephant gift exchange!

A topic we've pondered of late is the distinct...

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Meatball Sliders for Peace!

The other night we had a dinner party, which doubled as a menu testing for a new menu emphasis for our food truck and catering activities in 2015 - Meatball Sliders! But not just any meatball sliders, we're talking a whole menu board full of flavor options, including some classics, some regional favorites, and a few you've never even heard of! Here's a look at the ones that will definitely make the menu at some time or another next season. I'm looking for even more meatball ideas so bring 'em...

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Why would I hire a mobile food trailer to cater my holiday party?

The real question is, why would you not!?

As a licensed mobile food vendor in Colorado, Bear's Backyard Grill is required to have access to a commercial kitchen.  In our case, we are a co-tenant along with other food trucks and trailers at Sackit's Hot Shot Catering.  These guys are bang-up caterers, and have built a kitchen capable of making a gourmet meal for 500 wedding guests.  They've been kind to the food truck movement, with encouragement from Larimer County Health Department. ...

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Facial Hair and Food Trucking

My mustache is fabulous.

At least that's what I've heard from a couple dozen people over the last few days.  At New Belgium on Friday, staffers (some with their own fabulous mustaches) were friendlier with me because of my mustache - I could feel it.  Out on the town Saturday night with friends, our girlfriend commented that she could be topless and attract less comments and attention from passers-by.  I believe she could well be right, and she's got a nice rack!  So, mustaches are in ...

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Cross of the North / Providence

Bear's Backyard was approached this summer by some friendly fellows; they were looking for food trucks for their young but growing cyclocross event.  Cross of the North was held this past weekend at The Ranch in Loveland, with races Friday night under the lights, and all day Saturday and Sunday.  We were a brand new business at the time, less than a month in action, but they liked our food and said we'd fit in well with their crowd of folks, and we said sure, we'd love to!  Check out their...

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What’s the Story with Matilda?

Many in Fort Collins have heard of The Legend of Matilda, but she has recently begun being dismissed as a myth, an urban legend, a prophesied appearance whose time has not yet come.  I'm writing today to dispel that fallacy, for the Legend of Matilda has only just begun.

If you've seen our first video, you've seen Matilda in her current state, as well as a sketch of a completed Matilda, featuring our logo on the side and towing Woody.  If you've driven by our home base on Laporte Ave. ...

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