Food truck hopes to serve Wilmington snowmobilers
WILMINGTON — The hopeful operators of a new food truck are making tracks in the snow as they prepare to open this winter, a season cherished by their target customers — snowmobilers.
"We're going to serve homemade chili, soups, burgers, hot dogs," Pamela Mosher told the Wilmington Development Review Board during a recent hearing. "Just warm yummy stuff. Macaroni and cheese."
Before the food truck begins business, the board will need to issue a permit within 45 days. Zoning Administrator Craig Ohlson does not anticipate the decision to take long. The truck will also need to be licensed and registered through the state.
The business will be at 54 East Dover Road on the now-closed Sitzmark Lodge property that connects to a Vermont Association of Snow Travelers trail.
"We bought a food truck and we're planning to set up there because we're going to get snowmobile traffic and traffic from the road," Pamela said. She said she got permission from the property owner.
Her husband Michael Mosher said the plan is to try and avoid having snowmobiles cross the street in front of the Sitzmark. Four or five tables already on site will be available to customers.
The couple lives nearby and Michael plans to help during busy times. They will be posting signs on parts of the snowmobile trail that fall under Sitzmark ownership.
"As a food truck associate, I wish you luck," Development Review Board member Paul Lockyear told them. "The more food trucks, the better."
Lockyear and his wife Shelley, who own The Nutmeg Inn, operate a food truck at the Old Red Mill Inn on North Main Street.
Gary Kupferer of Webber Chapman & Kupferer Ltd in Rutland, who represented a neighbor, was happy to learn that hours would only be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no alcohol would be served. He was assured that a generator and a propane heater to keep the truck warm overnight would not make loud noises.
The Development Review Board approved two food stands, one by the White House Inn and one by West End Used Books, last year.
"But neither one of those ever came out," Ohlson said Tuesday. "They never started business."
Previously, the Lockyears ran a food truck at their inn. Both their projects needed board approval.
"For Wilmington, I'm surprised," Ohlson said. "We've had a lot of food stand requests."
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