WASHINGTON DC – Justin Vitarello has traveled to Baltimore countless times to salvage parts for the three 1950s-era step vans that serve as the retro-cool Technicolor tin cans for his Fojol Bros. street-food operation. About a year and a half ago, during one particular trip to a junkyard in Charm City, Vitarello spotted a pair of ancient municipal buses sitting abandoned in a storage lot.
He immediately glimpsed the future of mobile vending.
In those two outcasts of public transportation from another time and place, Vitarello envisioned a new era of street food, in which customers wouldn’t eat on the grass or the sidewalk or even back at their desks. He imagined them sitting down to a meal in a 1957 bus retrofitted as a 21st-century dining car.
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