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Heard on the Street: Caterer to open drive-in and food truck

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One Rochester entrepreneur with food truck dreams is opening the doors of a brick-and-mortar eatery before he takes to the street.

Bryan Bachmanhas cooked throughout the Med City area as a personal chef and caterer for the past six years under the name of Catering for All its Worth . The dramatic advent of food trucks in Rochester got him thinking about firing up his truck.

But to make his food truck plan work, he needed access to a commercial kitchen. That proved to be a challenge. Bachman couldn't find any to work with him, so he switched up his game plan.

He decided to open his own drive-though and pickup restaurant to have his own commercial kitchen for his Catering for All Its Worth food truck. Bachman hopes it will be the answer for Rochester people struggling to decide where to eat.

He plans to open Nowhere Special Coffee & Fresh Sandwiches at 445 Alliance Place NE soon followed by his new food truck. Nowhere Special is moving into the former home of Smokehouse BBQ Shack, along 37th Street Northeast. It also housed Paradise Island Coffee .

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The hope is to open the new drive-in restaurant by mid-August. Bachman expects to staff it with eight employees. Nowhere Special will serve espresso, ice cream and fresh deli sandwiches.

After the drive-in is up and running, the next step is to fire up the Catering for All Its Worth food truck. For the remainder of Minnesota's outdoor season, it will be parked in the Nowhere Special parking lot throughout the week. On the weekends, Bachman hopes to have the truck make appearances at local breweries, special events and private parties.

"The truck will serve more upscale fare," he said

His truck will compliment Nowhere Special's offerings. It will serve gourmet versions of hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as fresh salad featuring grilled salmon.

If all goes well, Bachman would like to wrangle one of the downtown food truck licenses for next summer.

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