Food service will be available at Powell River Recreation Complex during Powell River Kings hockey games and special events.
The concession will be taken over by the owners of Taco the Town Zunga Food truck.
Tiffany Hill, owner of the taco truck, said an agreement has been entered into with City of Powell River to operate the recreation complex concession.
In terms of food service during the games, Hill said that at the recreation complex, a lot of the menu will be the same as the taco truck menu. However, they will be adding items such as Mexi-fries and deep-fried natchos to the recreation complex menu offering.
“We won’t be doing burgers and hot dogs but we’ll have our usual tacos and donairs,” said Hill. “That’s kind of where we are starting. We want to find some foods people can sit and snack on during the games. We are going to make it pretty simple and try to meet the needs of everybody that we’re serving.”
Taco truck operator Robbie Holmgren said for drinks, the new concession, called Taco the Town Zunga Cantina, will be offering coffee, tea and fountain drinks.
He confirmed that the cantina will be opening up for the Kings hockey game on October 11.
“We’re not going to be doing daily service there but we are going to be open for events,” said Holmgren.
He said the business has a three-month interim lease agreement with the city with the ability to extend for 21 months.
“I’m excited,” said Holmgren. “I’m a little overwhelmed by it all but I think once we get it all set up, it’s going to run really smoothly. We’ve got a lot of community backing. Everybody is really positive about it.”
Holmgren said having the concession space is beneficial for the food truck business, providing a space for food preparation. He said they also want to start marketing salsas and hot sauces and the location provides the opportunity to do so.
City of Powell River director of economic development and communications Scott Randolph confirmed the city has established an agreement with Holmgren.
“Rob has taken on an arrangement with Vancouver Coastal Health to provide service at the hospital and as part of that he needed to establish a commercial kitchen somewhere to do food preparation,” said Randolph. “It actually ended up being a match made in heaven between us and him.
“We were looking for someone to operate the concession at least for Kings games and special events such as hockey tournaments and other things we might identify as appropriate for having the concession open. It worked out for the best, so we’re really happy with the situation.”
Randolph said the hope is that it works out really well for the public.
“We’ll have that important service there for the public to enjoy,” said Randolph.