Forget food carts, this is a food boat

Forget food carts, this is a food boat »Play Video

NEWBERG, Ore. – A Newberg father hopes his latest attempt at business ownership cuts the mustard.

Travis Martin's 'Burger Barge' is like a floating food cart on the Willamette River, selling hot dogs, burgers and of course fish bait.

After launching last week, Martin told KATU he hopes the seasonal business can last until Labor Day.

He bought the pontoon boat at an estate sale for $5,000 and invested another $2,500 in equipment to make it a floating kitchen.

Martin isn't the first to try selling food on the water, but he's hoping to fill a void in the area around Rogers Landing.

"I was self-employed with a couple different franchises and they didn't quite pan out, and it kind of left us high and dry," Martin said. "My wife, bless her heart, she trusts me 100 percent with the money that we did have in our savings to put into this.”

"If you got an idea you gotta run with it,” he added. “You gotta make your own future and makes things happen for yourself."
Martin said he may take his Burger Barge down to Arizona when Oregon's boating season ends, but he plans to be back on the water in Newberg next summer.