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Repurposing a 1958 double decker bus into a food truck. Serving a globally inspired, local, seasonal menu. Read more

Bloomington, IL Food
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Repurposing a 1958 double decker bus into a food truck. Serving a globally inspired, local, seasonal menu.

Bloomington, IL Food
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Two blokes bought a bus.  They named her Victoria.
Two blokes bought a bus. They named her Victoria.

THE IDEA

Twenty years after working together as servers, Steffan Block and Jon Fritzen found themselves reunited in the same Bloomington, Illinois restaurant where they first met. An affable, energetic Brit, Steff was running the front of the house while Jon, a self-taught food enthusiast, was honing his craft in the kitchen. Steff (doing nothing to combat cultural stereotypes) had long had his eye on a classic English double-decker bus. Jon had been toying with the idea of a gourmet food truck for years. Quicker than you can say ‘bloody hell!’, the idea for Two Blokes and a Bus was born.

They assembled a team and found a garage.
They assembled a team and found a garage.

COMMUNITY

We know that launching a business on any scale is never achieved without the involvement of the surrounding community. Still in the preliminary stages of planning, we’ve been working with local high school students through a CAD program to create plans for the build-out of our bus. Our amazing experience with these talented, eager young people has strengthened our resolve to draw on community resources whenever possible. Yes we’d like to change the world – but we’d like to do it from our own backyard.

Restoration begins.
Restoration begins.
Surgery.
Surgery.
Paint job.
Paint job.
New coined rubber flooring
New coined rubber flooring
Romance.
Romance.
Our Victoria winks good night.
Our Victoria winks good night.

THE CONCEPT

Bloomington has the greatest number of restaurants per capita in the United States. That may sound like an Epicurean’s dream – but only until you take a good look at the topography of our little burg. Overrun by the bland and featureless figures, Bloomington is a study in gastronomic conformity.  For the growing segment of the population that craves artisanal, organic and, most importantly, sustainable, local fare – the options are woefully few.

That’s where we hope to come in. We’d like to offer EVERYONE the choice of wholesome, well-prepared food that will delight the taste buds and spark the imagination without breaking the bank.  By drawing from our rich agricultural roots and contracting with local producers whenever possible, we’ll provide good food at a low cost, democratizing access to quality fare and hopefully catalyzing a change in taste along the way.

Street food has been a vibrant aspect of culture throughout history. In countries around the world, people from all walks of life are fueled by tasty, inexpensive bites from market stalls, carts and roadside stands

ITS ABOUT THE FOOD

Chef Jon :: Test Kitchen.  Midnight.
Chef Jon :: Test Kitchen. Midnight.
Proud Taco Papa :: 2 AM
Proud Taco Papa :: 2 AM
It's as good as it looks! Sinaloa marinated chicken taco, with fresh tomatillo salsa, pickled onion and cojta cheese.
It's as good as it looks! Sinaloa marinated chicken taco, with fresh tomatillo salsa, pickled onion and cojta cheese.

YOUR FUNDING WILL ASSIST

Student CAD designed kitchen. Sweet!!
Student CAD designed kitchen. Sweet!!
Check out the second floor seating!
Check out the second floor seating!

Our personal investment so far has brought us close,  very close.  We bought the bus, housed her, got her running, secured legal assistance and insurance, collaborated with a website developer,graphic designer, and photographer. Painstakingly rebuilt Victoria's interior, acquired liquid propane tanks, charbroiler, and much more. 

Your support will assist these much needed purchases:

Exhaust Hood

Flattop griddle

Fryer

Refrigeration for bus and commissary

Generator

Freezer

3 basin sink

Water tanks and pump

WE CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU 

Steff working from the office!
Steff working from the office!

Photo Credit:  Karen Hanrahan

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    11 backers

    A unique Art Card of “Victoria” (the bus) as our thank you, from our friend and photographer Karen Hanrahan.

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    40 backers

    An Art Card, a Two Blokes sticker to slap on...well anything, and a bus fare. (Good for 1 complimentary meal)

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    28 backers

    A Sweet Two Blokes t-shirt and bus fare. (Good for 1 complimentary meal)

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    17 backers

    A proper English butcher's apron with the Two Blokes logo embroidered on it, and bus fare. (Good for 1 complimentary meal) Plus VIP access to our Grand Opening.

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    11 backers

    Two Blokes Transportation Authority bus pass (Good for one meal a month for a year), plus VIP access to our Grand Opening.

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    4 backers

    Bloke for a day. Come spend a lunch or dinner shift on the bus. Leave with some skills, the t-shirt, and an apron to keep the rubbish off that shirt. A Two Blokes Transportation Authority bus pass (Good for one meal a month for a year), plus VIP access to our Grand Opening.

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    6 backers

    A private 3 hour cooking class on the bus with Chef Jon for you and a friend. You will also get two bus passes (Good for one meal a month for a year), t-shirts, and aprons. Plus VIP access to our Grand Opening.

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    5 backers All gone!

    A date with Victoria (the bus) for 8. We'll take the bus anywhere in town or outskirts and create a 4 course meal. Imagine a fine dining experience and a night to remember for you and your friends. Plus VIP access to our Grand Opening.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    The Full Monty. We'll bring the bus, and design a street food menu for you and 25 guests. Anywhere you want as long as we can park there. Plus VIP access to our Grand Opening

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Funding period

- (30 days)