|London bus restaurant to soon come to Normal|
|Written by Jennifer Novoseletsky, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:53|
Two blokes, or as defined in England, guys or men, partnered up to bring a London bus to Bloomington–Normal and turned it into a restaurant called Two Blokes and a Bus, coming in June.
The bus, nicknamed Victoria, after Queen Victoria, was bought from a local business. Steffan Block, co-owner, said he was looking at British busses for some time and Jon Fritzer, co-owner, is infamous for his love of tacos.
“We had this idea, this concept of doing tacos over in London, and I said how about I bring London to you, and showed [Fritzer] the vehicle that we own,” Block said. “So it was kind of a great concept.”
Since the proprietors are locals of the town, they wanted something unique right where they live and thought opening a restaurant business on a bus would be perfect. The bus will be moving around, but there are some spots already designated specifically for the bus, such as the Alamo, Block said.
“You go to big cities, and you see all of these wonderful things that big cities offer,” Fritzer explained. “We thought that this would just be one of those things that would make Bloomington–Normal a lot cooler of a place to live. So changing the game culinary wise.”
“Just doing something crazy and different,” he added.
Fritzer and Block hope to bring a variety of different foods and locations to the bus so that different people can get a different feel, and will always be interested in stopping by. They are also considering changing up the menu per season.
According to Fritzer, the two blokes want to bring different ethnic foods such as Indian, Mexican, and British, which will include foods such as tacos, fish and chips, sweet Thai chili, chicken and beef kabobs, and more.
“We want to provide the best possible product we can and the best service that we can do, as well,” Fritzer said. “We’re very serious about the concept and about what we want to provide.”
“We want to be changing it, keeping it fresh, upbeat, gourmet, and as healthy as we possibly can,” Block added.
Block and Fritzer are hoping to provide a fun, friendly, social, and unique environment to bring people together.
“We’re just getting that whole different culture of eating and having some fun with eating and bringing the entertainment back into food,” Block explained.
Several jazz bands are already hoping to work in collaboration with Victoria, providing entertainment for the guests. The two owners want nothing but optimism with their customers.
"These are friends, these are patrons. We want to make sure we want to build a family with this bus,” Block said.
A mobile app to GPS the bus, a Twitter account, and the website, twoblokesandabus.com, will be coming out shortly. For more information now, find Two Blokes and a Bus on Facebook.