After reluctantly shutting the doors to their restaurant earlier this year, the owners of North Portland's sorely missed Little Red Bike Cafe
are back with a new venture—a late-night cheeseburger truck.
Evan Dohrmann and Ali Jepson will soon be hitting the streets in a 1986 Chevrolet Step Van named “Lucy” with their new business, Lucy's Original, serving up "Jucy Lucy" cheeseburgers and old-fashioned milkshakes
in St. Johns and beyond.
"After an exhaustive search for a possible new location for the Little Red Bike Cafe, we ultimately decided to put the LRBC concept aside in effort to branch out into a new direction," says Dohrmann. "A food truck was something we thought we could afford to start up ourselves as opposed to building out a new kitchen, a task we wouldn't be able to take on without getting deep into personal debt."
Continuing in the spirit of the former cafe, the food at Lucy's Original will be made from locally sourced ingredients—including Fleur de Lis Bakery breads and scratch-made condiments
—and the menu will also feature vegan-friendly fare.
"Though the recipes are simple, we have dedicated a great deal of research and effort to come up with different flavor combinations in hopes that we have something on the menu that will appeal to any palate," says Dohrmann.
After the truck's slated location in St. Johns fell through, the pair is still looking for a new place to set up shop in the area, and will consider adding breakfast and/or lunch depending on where Lucy finds a new home.
Follow the truck's progress on the LRBC blog and Twitter feed.
Image via @LilRedBikeCafe