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Hot off the Press food truck makes its debut with a sandwich-centric lineup

As its name implies, Hot off the Press specializes in paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches. The truck was launched by Anthony Bachman, who also founded Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy's.

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Anthony Bachman, owner of a new food truck called Hot Off The Press, hawks paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Fargo Pop-Up Food Truck Festival. Bachman is the owner of VIP Catering, Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy's as well.
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FARGO — A new food truck will be looking to start spreading the news this summer.

Hot off the Press is the latest food truck concept from Anthony Bachman. As the name suggests, the newspaper-themed food truck dishes up paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Bachman is also the founder and owner of Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy’s . Those two concepts eventually turned into the joint Fargo Fillies and Mac Daddy’s restaurant in north Fargo . He also operates VIP Catering .

All told, juggling the catering business, trio of street food operations and a stand-still restaurant keeps Bachman plenty busy. Still, that hectic schedule didn’t deter him when the opportunity to launch Hot off the Press presented itself.

In fact, it was a matter of putting the truck before the food, Bachman explained to The Forum. “I found an old tailgating truck. It was an old Ameripride linen truck,” he said. “I was kind of just looking for a concept.”

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An ambitious vendor, that’s typically the M.O. for Bachman. “I’m just always expanding. Once I get the unit, then I kind of build around that depending on what it looks like and size,” he remarked.

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A customer places an order from the Hot Off The Press food truck on June 24 at the Fargo Pop-Up Food Truck Festival hosted by the Elks Lodge in north Fargo. This is owner Anthony Bachman's latest food truck. He also operates Mac Daddy's and Fargo Fillies.
Chris Flynn / The Forum

After brainstorming various concepts with his wife, Bachman ultimately settled on Hot off the Press. The menu features four to six items on rotation, including paninis, grilled cheeses and a dessert panini. All sandwiches are made either on a flat press or a panini press, which is why Bachman said the newspaper theme has been a natural fit. Sandwiches are served with a side of sweet Maui onion kettle chips as well.

Previous items on the rotating menu have included a turkey and roasted red pepper pesto panini, a bacon and avocado grilled cheese and a chipotle chicken, bacon and ranch panini. Thus far, dessert paninis have included an apple pie panini and a s’mores panini.

One “staple” however, is the kid-friendly rainbow grilled cheese sandwich. The grilled cheese is made with white Monterey jack cheese, which is then colored and lined up in rows inside the sandwich. The result is a cheesy rainbow which oozes out when sliced in half.

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Rylee Singleton,10, eats a rainbow grilled cheese from Hot off the Press on June 24,2022 at the Fargo Pop-Up Food Truck Festival in north Fargo. Rylee is owner's Sara Bachman's daughter and Anthony Bachman's stepdaughter. She also helps work on the truck.
Chris Flynn / The Forum

Hot off the Press has a packed summer schedule planned throughout the area. Their first event was in Watford City. Additionally, he was recently at the Elks Lodge in Fargo for a pop-up food truck festival and the ArtFest in Grand Forks.

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Looking ahead, Bachman and Hot off the Press plan to be in the Bismarck area for Independence Day and the Downtown Fargo Street Fair from Thursday, July 14 to Saturday, July 16. He’ll also be at WEFest in Detroit Lakes and the Fargo Food Truck Festival from Friday, Aug. 12, to Sunday, Aug. 14. To top it off, Hot off the Press will also make the rounds at events during the week.

The bottom line is event-goers can expect to find Hot off the Press all over the map this summer. “We go all over the place,” Bachman said. “Wherever there’s events, we go.”

Bachman noted he is looking to add staff for the summer slate. He’s on the hunt for roughly 10 employees to either cook or work the register.

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Short of that, Bachman said he’ll still make it work. It helps that he can turn to two in-house options as well, his wife, Sara, and his 10-year-old stepdaughter Rylee Singleton. Both were on hand at the Elks Lodge helping sling sandwiches. “We make due. It’s not always the most ideal,” he remarked. “The staff that we do have are very good and I appreciate them a lot. We take care of them because they take care of me.”

Be it Fargo Fillies, Mac Daddy’s or the latest addition to the fleet, Bachman is appreciative of the support he has received over the years. “We’re grateful for our customers supporting all our food trucks,” he said. “We’re going to keep it coming.”

Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over two years, primarily reporting on business news. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-353-8363. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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