I'm so happy to report that the bus is nestled safely in her new home at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden on SE 28th Place and Division. It took a few years off my life, and it practically broke my precious bus, but we did it.
We opened for the first time yesterday morning to a healthy breakfast crowd, and watched the foot traffic increase steadily until after dinner. At Tidbit, working at the bus doesn't really feel like work. It feels like I'm opening up my bus during a big backyard party. I think I'm going to like this place.
My new neighbors are all very generous people, and they're as grateful as I am to be in this new bustling space. I'm slowly but surely eating my way through every single cart. So far, I've eaten at Pyro Pizza, Ingrid's Scandinavian Food, Potato Potato, Namu (Hawaiian + Korean) and Scout Beer Garden. I can say (without bias) that every single meal (and beer) has been delicious. This is going to be dangerous.
Now that all the towing, schlepping, repairing, cleaning, pricing and worrying is over, I finally have a chance to take a deep breath and reflect on how lucky I am. This opportunity fell into my lap right as I was about to give up on my dream. My friends and family have been so supportive, when they could have easily encouraged me to sell the bus and move on. I realize that I just moved in to this new location, but I can honestly say that it's the spot I've always dreamed of. After almost four years of struggling, I feel like things are getting easier for Lodekka. Hell, I have access to bathrooms, water, garbage service, covered seating and other cart owners to commiserate with. It's Lodekka's version of Shangri-La!
Please stop by and visit this great space when you have a chance. It's kind of a magical place. My friends who have visited so far have all made the same observation about Tidbit: "I've been to a lot of food cart pods, and these guys got it right."