NEWBURYPORT — “Espresso to go” is about to get a entire new meaning when what is considered to be the city’s first espresso truck begins rolling into neighborhoods as quickly as mid-February.
Modifying Tides cafe co-owners Dawn Pantano and Sharon Pozzi-Thomas came up with the strategy months ago as a way of increasing their Nice Avenue business enterprise that for most of the past year has been heavily affected by COVID-19 limitations.
“It is exciting for us,” Pantano reported.
The greatest buddies opened Switching Tides in March 2019 and noticed a wonderful offer of success filling a coffee shop dead zone on the less-traveled portion of Enjoyable Street. But like all area organizations, they noticed a dramatic downturn when COVID-19 constraints compelled corporations to near or alter their functions to preserve individuals safe.
On Friday, the pair picked up the truck from the firm that painted the exterior. And in the pretty in the vicinity of future, they will begin driving it all-around city pretty much like an ice cream truck.
“Let us go the place the folks are,” Pozzi-Thomas explained, adding that they have not made a decision what form of music to perform while driving around.
The truck, a 2002 Chevy Workhorse, became attainable right after a buddy of Pozzi-Thomas alerted them that a made use of food stuff truck was for sale.
As soon as the duo knew the truck was protected, they secured a permit from the city. The allow permits them to get the truck wherever they like except for the downtown overlay district.
They also can only remain in one particular location for 15 minutes. And even though cooking is not allowed in the truck, they can pack everything they market in the cafe into the automobile, according to Pantano and Pozzi-Thomas.
At minimum for a though, the enterprise partners will choose turns driving the truck when the other will work the coffee store. They are hoping to employ added drivers if the truck enterprise requires off.
“Oh my God, that’s so cute. What a great concept,” pedestrian Jennifer Bibeault said, as she and two other folks walked past the new truck Friday afternoon.
So considerably, the truck does not have a identify. But Pantano and Pozzi-Thomas will be soliciting monikers via social media. The person who arrives up with the profitable name will be rewarded with cost-free espresso and treats, the two said.
For far more facts about when the truck will start off service and the truck-naming contest, go to www.changingtidescafe.com and click on on their social media icons.
Staff author Dave Rogers can be arrived at at droger[email protected]. Comply with him on Twitter @drogers41008.