Grazing Shed Sprinter
- Leading burger joint goes on the road with the Mercedes Sprinter
- Custom-built 3.5-tonne Sprinter 313 CDI chassis cab
- Purpose-designed body built by Commercial Truck Bodies, of Cardiff, and Carrier refrigeration unit
- Bought on Mercedes Agility funding package
A ‘SUPER Tidy’ Sprinter from Mercedes-Benz dealer Euro Commercials was just what The Grazing Shed ordered when it decided to hit the road with its award-winning range of burgers.
Voted the number one burger joint in Wales at the British Burger Awards 2016, The Grazing Shed began life in 2013, after Duncan Black and three like-minded colleagues teamed up to launch their first restaurant in Cardiff. In fact, it was so successful that within a couple of years they were opening a second, on the other side of the city.
Now the firm which set out to prove that fast food can also be great food, has embarked on a new phase in its development, by introducing its first burger van.
Duncan explained: “We’d been setting up to sell our burgers at festivals and events since 2014, but realised that it would make life a lot easier in terms of speed and flexibility if we did so from a van.”
The fact they already owned a Vito made choosing which manufacturer from and which dealer easier. “I purchased a Mercedes-Benz Vito Dualiner from Euro Commercials shortly after we started the business for use as a general runaround,” explained Duncan.
“It’s been fantastic, as has the dealer’s aftercare. This experience, coupled with the manufacturer’s premium brand image, meant we were always going to choose another Mercedes-Benz.”
He continued: “We can be doing anything up to 200 burgers an hour at a festival. As well as grills big enough to cook the food in these high volumes, we also needed a walk-in fridge with sufficient capacity for all of the burgers and accompaniments we might need for a full day.”
To make sure every burger is quality and not a raw deal, the solution was a 3.5-tonne Sprinter 313 CDI chassis cab with purpose-designed body built by Commercial Truck Bodies of Cardiff, and Carrier refrigeration unit.
Bought on the flexible, low-cost Agility funding package from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, which works like a van version of the PCP, where your business manager will advise you of the guaranteed future value for your truck based on the mileage that you expect to cover during the course of your agreement.
This guaranteed future value is equal to the final Optional Purchase Payment – but you don’t have to decide whether to make this payment and keep the truck until the end of the agreement.
In the meantime, you simply choose how long you want to keep the truck, how much you’d like to pay as an initial deposit and the monthly payments that suit you best. Then, when the agreement comes to an end you can either purchase, return or part-exchange the vehicle.
The Grazing Shed’s Sprinter came with a lengthy list of optional extras, including air-conditioning, a satellite navigation system, light and rain sensors, and electrically-adjustable door mirrors.
The fuel-efficient vehicle has opened the door to many new opportunities to meet and serve the public, for example at corporate events, parties and even weddings.
Manned by up to six members of The Grazing Shed team, it has also fed supporters outside Cardiff City FC’s ground, and the crowds which have descended on the popular Barry Island resort on sunny days.
A real eye-catcher in its metallic black paintwork and striking graphics, the Sprinter came equipped as standard with an unrivalled complement of safety features and will be maintained by Euro Commercials under a Mercedes-Benz Service Plan.