George Pesek usually wants to do things bigger and better.
Instead of a food truck, the owner of Evil Czech bought a run-down double-decker bus in Kansas City and had a stainless steel kitchen installed on its lower level.
“Lifelong dream,” he said after it arrived at the Mishawaka brewery Friday morning. “Double-decker food truck. That’s our taco truck. Our answer to our beer garden for the summer.”
The bus is now in the beer garden at 3703 N. Main St. and will stay put.
Will it travel? Not likely. “It’s 14 feet tall, so it’s kind of tough to move around Mishawaka,” he said. The 1966 bus, which operated in London until 1984, still runs, but a towing company delivered it to the brewery Friday. The driver said he got a look of surprised looks on the way. “At this point there are no plans for mobile events,” Pesek said.
Is the upper level operational in any way? Not yet. It may eventually get used, but for now the lower level will have staff to prepare food and serve beer.
What will be available from it? Instead of ordering from the Evil Czech kitchen inside, a smaller menu of tacos, tortas and burgers will be served from the truck outside, said Chef Drew Sachau. “This is also an extension of the brewery, not necessarily the restaurant,” he said.
What about the beer? The bus has seven taps and six more varieties of cans will be sold from it to thirsty people in the beer garden on the west side of the brewpub.
When will it open? Friday at the GG Patton Liberation Day event. May 6 is when Gen. George Patton liberated the Czechoslovakian city of Pilsen from Nazi control in 1945. The event, starting at 5 p.m., will feature specialty beers from other breweries — including Iechyd Da — a Sherman tank, live entertainment and food from the truck. Evil Czech’s Helles lager named for Patton will be featured as well. Tickets are $25 — $20 for mug club members — and are available at the brewery.
How long will the patio stay open? Until the Oysters, Pork and Beer event the night before Thanksgiving.