Food alone wasn’t going to keep Carts on Foster in business. With minimal foot traffic, speeding cars on Foster, and a less than welcoming aesthetic, our local pod had its work cut out for itself. Throw in the elements, a weak economy, and an over-saturated food cart scene, and you’d almost have to bet against them.
Here we are, though, in year two, still holding strong. Not without adaptation, however.
Enter Sonya Petroff, owner of Yours Vintage Treasures. Sonya set up shop at Carts on Foster several months ago, and sells vintage clothing, art and housewares…from her Airstream trailer. Clearly the food cart pod was evolving.
Next up were the live concerts over the summer. And then the covered patio. And more trees. And plants.
Then, in a moment of brilliance, Carts on Foster applied for a liquor license. And that brings us to the present. Not that it was hard to find a place to drink on Foster, but it will certainly be easier now, as a Lompoc-sponsored bar is serving beer at the pod. Situated under the covered patio, the bar is currently operating Friday night, and in the afternoons and evenings over the weekend.
Refreshments are good. But if beer’s not your thing, you can now also get an “exotic soda.” Yes, an exotic soda. For shits and giggles, I was almost tempted to end things there, but an explanation is probably in order. And for good reason; this is a great concept. The new soda machine, or “Soda Pagoda,” as its owner/creator calls it, at Carts on Foster, is a mural, vending machine, and exotic soda dispenser in one. If you’re not familiar with the Soda Pagoda yet, check out their website. The basic concept is as follows: offer a unique taste in a hip package. One of the unique tastes? Black garlic soda. There’s also a coconut soda and one made with lychee. All machines come equipped with uber-hip artwork, too. I guess we’ve arrived, FoPo.