Step right up: Lenox zoning board OKs food truck setup on Route 7/20
LENOX — A Pittsfield woman has been cleared to operate a food truck in a vacant lot along the busy Route 7/20 commercial strip near the city line.
The business, BrewBerry, will offer a convenient, seasonal quick stop for specialty coffees, hot or iced tea, fruit smoothies and acai bowls (frozen berries topped with bananas, strawberries and granola), according to business owner Ashley Paduano.
The mobile trailer will be set up in the parking lot of North's Automotive Services, a motorcycle and ATV shop in business since 1964 at 515 Pittsfield Road, between Guido's Fresh Marketplace and the Center at Lenox. Owner Christopher North has given her permission to use the vacant lot portion of his property, she said.
During a recent public hearing, Paduano, who attended school in Boston for business management and hospitality, presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals her plan to open the town's first temporary food concession trailer. It would operate from May to October, on weekdays and occasional Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
"It would be a stop, grab and go kind of thing," she said.
Paduano said she will be obtaining business limited-liability corporation and food-purveyor licenses from the town clerk and the Health Department. The 11-foot-by-7-foot trailer would be removed from the site daily, at the end of her business day, she said.
Customers would have dedicated parking near the trailer and easy access to and from the state highway's southbound lanes.
Paduano's financial adviser and boyfriend, Raymond Caouette, suggested to the ZBA members that a food trailer would be "a great draw" for Lenox, especially for young people.
"That will benefit all the businesses around here; people my age going to shops and to dinner afterward. It will draw economic activity to the town," he said.
Ahead of the board's decision, member Clayton Hambrick thanked Paduano "for your persistence and great plans."
ZBA members voted 4-0 to exempt the temporary mobile trailer from the usual site plan approval requirement, since businesses can operate by right in the commercial district and there was no significant change of use at the property or any detriment to the neighborhood.
"This will be a nice addition to our neighborhood, so good luck," said acting ZBA Chairman Robert Fuster Sr.
"Hopefully, you'll stop by for a cup of coffee," Paduano said.
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