Two entrepreuners plan to add a unique business to the Sauble Beach streetscape.
Beth Milne and Emily Leonard want to open the Casero Taco Bus on a property on Main St. at the beach. The partners will sell take-away Mexican food from the vintage double-decker bus, which will be renovated and outfitted as a non-mobile food trailer. They will serve food like fish tacos, pulled pork tacos and corn on the cob using local meat and produce. They will be using fresh corn tortillas and offering gluten-free options.
"It's actually an antique bus from 1947 that was previously a commercial kitchen," Milne said during a break in Tuesday's South Bruce Peninsula council meeting. "We have been making all the advancements in hopes we can go ahead with this. We got our site ready, we got our kitchen ready, we got our suppliers lined up, so we are just waiting approval by council."
On Tuesday, the owners and operators of the business venture learned that it will take about a month to prepare a site plan control agreement with the town.
Milne and Leonard said they could be up and running in a couple of weeks. They were disappointed to hear on Tuesday it would take longer.
"We have tried quite hard to get this going for a few months now, and we do know things often take more than a few months to get going, however we have put a lot of thought into our site," said Milne. "It is on private property, there has been restaurants there in the past, we chose a non-mobile vehicle in accordance with the municipality's laws because we really hoped to be in this municipality."
Coun. Janice Jackson said she plans to try to have the site plan control agreement expedited by trying to have all three readings of the agreement made at the next council meeting on June 18.
The bus is to be located on a property at 316 Main. St, on the site of a former mini-golf course adjacent to "the boat."
The operators have proposed to place the bus on a concrete pad at the site after towing it there. Washroom facilities would be located on the same property and picnic tables would be available for patrons. The bus had previously been used as a food service vehicle in Kincardine.
The operators, who own a catering business, will name the bus "Casero," which means home-made in Spanish.
"Basically we thought it would be an awesome addition to the Sauble Beach community," said Milne. "We have had a ton of community support behind us, so we thank everybody for that."