May 08, 2017 // Franchising.com // PARKER, Colo. - Get ready to hang ten with a new food truck in Parker, Colorado. Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream - a fast-growing mobile franchise specializing in Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream - has partnered with entrepreneur Al Liu to bring the Coolest Truck On Earth™ to the area. Delivering an inviting and entertaining experience to every destination, Liu’s Tikiz truck is expected to be on the road in late June, servicing Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and among other nearby communities.
Whether Tikiz’s refreshing Hawaiian shaved ice or ice cream is enjoyed at a birthday party, school fundraiser or other community event, consumers can expect to be transported to the tropics. With steel drum music roaring, colorful neon lights dancing and water misters cooling off crowds on warm days, the food truck’s presence provides a vacation-like atmosphere.
Liu left Taiwan over 20 years ago to come to the United States for a better education. He studied hospitality and tourism management in Indiana. Upon graduation, his longtime friend asked him to help open a Japanese restaurant in Colorado. For the past 10 years he has called Aurora home and has been using his 18 years in the restaurant industry to help run a popular local Japanese restaurant. He said, “After decades of the long hours in the restaurant industry, I wanted something that would allow for more flexibility but still keep me connected and active in the community. The Tikiz one-of-a-kind experience offered all of that and more. ”
Tikiz’s shaved ice and ice cream products are low-fat, gluten-free, contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are Smart Snack approved, per the guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fat-free and complete with a gumball at the bottom of each cup, the Hawaiian shaved ice can be enjoyed in any combination of 10 syrup flavors, including a sugar-free option. Ice cream rounds out the Tikiz’s menu with a wide range of ice cream bars and sandwiches.
Wrapped in a Hawaiian beach-theme, the custom-built Tikiz truck is decked out with traditional surfboard signage and décor. With a patented “Surv-Board™” dispenser, guests can customize their own fruit syrup creations. Each unit is based off all-new, heavy-duty and fuel-efficient Ford truck platforms that are built from the ground up with numerous custom components. For example, the self-contained water system and high-output batteries allow operators to produce more than 400 shaved ice servings per hour and eliminate the need for noisy generators so guests can enjoy the fun, tropical tunes.
Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream is available for birthday parties, fundraisers, school events, summer camps, daycares, youth sporting events, church functions, corporate events, carnivals, picnics, barbecues, movie nights, festivals and more. Tikiz also offers a FUNdraising program, donating 20 percent of the day’s sales back to the event or supporting cause.
“Being in the restaurant and hospitality industry for so long, I know my customer service and desire to bring smiles to others, will shine through while operating my Tikiz truck throughout the community,” Al Liu said. “Everything from the FUNdraising program, to bringing joy to a birthday party, to adding a tropical attention grabber at community events, my Tikiz truck and myself will be at the heart of it.”
For more information about the FUNdraising program and event packages, visit http://tikiz.com/fundraising-events/.
Since 2012, Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream has rolled into communities across the nation, providing locals with a hint of tropical-flavor with its fun, one-of-a-kind experience and delicious Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream treats. Founded and based in Boca Raton, Florida, the fast-growing mobile franchise is exploding across the United States with more than 20 trucks on the road and another 20-plus in development. Tikiz has franchise opportunities across the nation with year-round options for sales and business growth. For more franchise information, visit tikiz2u.com/franchising-info.
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Tikiz Franchising, LLC
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