MIDLAND, TX – Some of the paperwork for a unique downtown eatery that serves food out of a permanently placed double-decker bus and a separate food truck was approved Tuesday during a City Council meeting.
The permanent double-decker bus, alongside its mobile food truck brother, will both be placed southeast of the North Colorado Street and West Ohio Avenue intersection in what is currently an empty lot. Seating will be on the upper portion of the bus and on the ground level in front to the bus, both types amounting to 74 seats.
Sonny Aguilar, the local business owner behind “Bus 22,” said the trucks will be serving fusion cuisine. The menu is expected to change weekly, and food will be served in limited quantities, he added.
The Bus 22 concept will also sell beer, wine and mixed drinks. Aguilar applied for an alcohol permit for the permanent bus that listed operating hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Because the bus is permanent and not like a mobile food truck, the property is expected to generate property tax revenue for the city.
“(Bus 22) is going to be added to the tax base, improving property values downtown,” Mayor Jerry Morales said. “It’s an exciting downtown project because it brings some diversity to what we have downtown. And we have to think outside the box, different things are happening in our community with the young population moving in, so we should give this entrepreneur a chance.”
Aguilar is expecting Bus 22’s grand opening to be in spring 2015.
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