It was only a matter of time before someone in the Bay Area turned a trolley car into a mobile food vendor, right?
Say hello to Tips Tri-Tip, a Sonoma-baed company ready to expand its current farmers' market stand into a 30-foot long food trolley car.
Founded by Andrew and Susie Pryfogle several years ago, the mobile eatery has been a popular staple at North Bay farmers' markets, wineries, special events and private parties. But the kitchen on wheels is no longer large enough to handle the menu based on a half-pound cubed tri-tip plopped on a toasted roll and topped with chipotle sauce ($11).
According to Susie, this will be California's first-ever full food truck trolley, a factoid she gleaned while shopping for what's indeed an actual trolley car.
"Who knew there were trolley brokers?" she muses. "We wanted something unique and something that lent its charm to the tourist area that is Sonoma. We also like the sound of the 'Tri Tip Trolley' and thats how the search began."
Currently the trolley care is parked at Cafe Scooteria, a funky little coffee ship on West Napa St. near 5th St. W. in downtown Sonoma. It's being converted to include equipment to prepare dishes including meat and/or veggie bowls ($11), and sides like street corn tossed in chipotle sauce, cilantro and spicy cotija ($6), baked locally grown yam and sweet potato fries ($6), and Glen Ellen Star restaurant-crafted ice creams and sorbets ($5).
"This will be a traditional food truck in the sense that people won't be able to eat on board, but it is being outfitted right now with an awesome kitchen," says Susie. "Several people that are working on our build-out have told us they've never done this on a trolley before."
While funds roll in (a Kickstarter campaign is underway), plans are already underway for the debut. The trolley car will be parked at Cafe Scooteria in the evenings when it isn't out on catering events, and likely will be at the Tuesday night farmer's market on the Sonoma Plaza May through October, plus at all the Broadway Under the Stars concert events at Jack London State Historic Park this summer.