The Nook Creperie on the Go food truck recently opened on Petawawa Boulevard as part of the town’s street food vendor program. Taking part in the ribbon cutting are (from left) Coun. James Carmody, Coun. Tom Mohns, Jennifer Burgoin, Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet, Nook on the Go owner/operator Joanna Els, Emma Neville and Coun. Theresa Sabourin.
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PETAWAWA – Just one month after launching its street food vendor program the town already has its first new food truck.Petawawa council recently approved the pilot program which creates an opportunity for small business owners that don’t have traditional brick and mortar infrastructure to bring a products or services to the community, explained Petawawa economic development officer Christine Mitchell.“By creating a pilot project we are in a position now to test the market to see if there is a need and a willingness in the community,” she added. “We’ve had more than 14 inquiries since we announced the pilot project.”Under the 18-month seasonal pilot project, street vendors will also be able to set up on municipal property, such as the Petawawa Point or Centennial Park, in addition to private property as approved by the town. The pilot will limit the number of vendors to 10, Mitchell noted.“It’s a great opportunity to bring business small-scale businesses to the Petawawa and it also creates a tourism draw,” she said “If food trucks are done properly people will come to this community just to experience what these operators have to offer.”The first operator to jump on board for the street food vendor program was Joanna Els, owner operator of the new Nook on the Go food truck in Petawawa and Nook Creperie in Pembroke. Because many customers travel from Petawawa to attend the restaurant in Downtown Pembroke, Els sees this as an opportunity to provide a different experience at the new location with quicker lunch or dinner items to go and the signature homemade potato chips which are unique to the Petawawa location.“We’re creating a very different experience at both places,” she added. “We’d looked at the opportunity of opening food truck and Christine has been helpful in facilitating everything, so it was a good time to get involved in the pilot.”Els had a hand in designing the truck, which was built in Ontario. The truck’s primary location will be on Petawawa Boulevard near GearHeads.TPeplinskie@postmedia.comTwitter.com/TPeplinskie