From the truck to the concept, there's a lot that's just plain cool about Bar Citroen – the new mobile bar that Joseph Allison is planning.
But it will be the flash chiller that will actually keep the pours cool when the bar heads to private events around the city.
Allison, who is a chef and operator of two local food trucks, says traditional refrigeration can generate a lot of heat. The temperature will rise when you are trying to keep more than a dozen taps cool in a small space.
But the flash chiller will cool the beer or other beverages to the right temperature as it is served, he says.
Allison was inspired to launch Bar Citroen by a friend in Pennsylvania who converted a pony trailer into a mobile bar. He initially looked into a franchise option, which uses old VW vans, but liked the idea of coming up with his own business model.
Bar Citroen will serve beer and wine, among other drinks, from a 1977 French CitroŽn H van. Allison wants to keep it as local as possible, from the van conversion to partnering with local breweries and wineries.
Allison is working with Dog House Carts to outfit the van with the taps; local artist Justin Lim will hand-paint the signs; and Parker Lee Shelton of 3 Feather Custom Woods is creating the bar top.
The buildout should take about four weeks, Allison says. While the project will take less time, the process is similar to the one he followed with his other trucks – Head2Hock and Localvore.
The van will have the capability of running 14 different drinks, from red wine to sparkling wine, sparkling water to nitro cold brew. There will be taps inside, but there will also be a recessed area on the outside of the van, offering people a self-serve option.
Looking to the future, there will be an opportunity to have specialty cocktails poured by a bartender.
All Together IPA back
A second batch of All Together IPA has been brewed to benefit restaurants in need.
The beer from 2Toms Brewing, 3676 N. Wells St., is a New England style IPA with 6.5% alcohol by volume.
“Proceeds from All Together IPA will go directly back into our community to help restaurants in need,” Tom Carpenter wrote on social media.
It is currently available at the brewery, but it will be available at some restaurants participating in Savor Fort Wayne. It is one of two local beers being highlighted during the event hosted by Visit Fort Wayne.
Savor Fort Wayne takes place Jan.†13-24, and more than 50 restaurants are participating.
Full Circle Grill & BBQ and 2Toms Brewing will have a special menu available during Savor. There are eight options, including a sandwich combo meal with beer for $18. A family-size ribs meal, with two sides and two 2Toms Beers, is available for $68.
• A new ice cream spot with an '80s theme is getting ready to set up shop in northwest Fort Wayne. Rusty's ice cream truck has been at pop-up events this past fall but is creating a more permanent home. More details to come in a future column.
• Bahn Mi Pho Shop, 1925 Fairfield Ave., has reopened its dining room.
• Every Monday this month, Starbucks is offering $2 off its vegetarian breakfast sandwiches as part of a promotion supporting the Meatless Monday initiative. The offer applies to the Impossible breakfast sandwich, the Southwest veggie wrap, and the spinach, feta and egg white wrap.
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