‘I guess I’m forced into retirement’: FIBS food cart totaled in fire, ending owner’s 10-year career

‘I guess I’m forced into retirement’: FIBS food cart totaled in fire, ending owner’s 10-year career

You’ve likely seen the FIBS Fine Italian Beef and Sausage food cart at an event or driving around the Madison area. Thursday marked the end of an era as firefighters responded to the cart catching fire while parked in front of Capital Kitchen Rentals around 8 p.m.

‘I guess I’m forced into retirement’: FIBS food cart totaled in fire, ending owner’s 10-year career

The cart is a total loss. The owner, John Handley, says he was working a lunch event and was supposed to work a dinner event later that day. Handley said between lunch and dinner, he usually kept the propane tank on to keep the food warm in between shifts. After canceling the dinner event for that evening, he forgot to turn the propane tank off. Despite the near $20,000 damages, Handley kept his head held high.

“It was just like oh my god, that’s my life these days and for the last 10 years. We were thinking about retiring and I guess I’m forced into retirement,” Handley said.

Although the cart is no longer usable, Handley is still going to be running his food services out of a tent. You can find him at the Atwood Festival, the Great taste of the Midwest Beer Festival, and A Taste of Madison.