We are opening a coffee/ breakfast trailer in Chicago, and we were wondering if anyone is familiar with running a Mobile Coffee Shop/ Cafe in cold weather months? We originally were planning to open in summer, but with converting an old 28' AIRSTREAM
....contractors took a bit longer than expected...
Everything would be ready to go by November, but we are wondering how difficult it will be to run through the winters here? ( Chicago is verrrry cold!) Otherwise the other option is to hold off til next year, March 2011...
Does anyone have experience and advice they can offer on this?
I have read in other forums to use heating tape on pipes?
When it gets to 20 - 30 degrees and below how do you manage? (water tanks, espresso machine... preventing freezing?) Also, keeping warm enough to operate?
Does anyone store overnight?
We do plan on serving coffee/ expresso drinks/ pastries and soups if we are able to open in cold weather!!
Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Chicago doesn't have a consistent mobile vending scene due to the ordinances here....but it took us a year to get through!!