Former LuLu’s owners give wholesome food a mobile spin
Date posted: August 12, 2013
SHERIDAN — The O.T. Go mobile food cafe made its debut in the streets of Sheridan last week.
While the mellow green traveling kitchen is owned and operated by longtime area residents, the mission of the truck is to promote new ideas about food and how it’s served.
Lynn Sedar and her husband, Andy Ayers, are known entrepreneurs in the area with a resume that includes starting the Ranch Willow Wagon Company and LuLu’s Cafe.
After Sedar was involved in a mishap that involved her falling through the floor while touring a historic building in Laramie, she decided to sell LuLu’s Cafe to focus on her recuperation.
“I did feel bad letting it go under those circumstances,” she said.
More than a year later, she’s back on her feet, and Sedar said the organic food wagon is her latest effort to bring something new to the community.
“We like to create things that are out in the world that aren’t here,” she said. “We did it with both of our other businesses.”
Ayers is serving as Sedar’s backup in the operation.
“This is something she’s always wanted to do,” he said. “She’s very creative and she has to vent that creativity somehow, and this is her latest project.”
Aside from the concept of a moving food truck, Sedar said she is looking to offer a unique and eco-friendly menu.
Ayers said she certainly has the equipment for the job, as the O.T. Go truck has more capacity for cooking than the kitchen at LuLu’s did.
Sedar said the introduction of the vehicle is more than just an attempt to make money serving food; it’s an educational campaign for the community about healthy, sustainable eating.
“Everything in our truck is no-hormones, non-pesticide, nothing that has (genetically modified organisms), and we’re going to continue to do that high quality,” Sedar said.
Menu items include a Turkey Tango Wrap, Chipotle Chicken Sandwich and Andy’s Fav, a sandwich that includes bacon, horseradish and pepper jelly.
While the truck has just started to bounce around town, Ayers said likely locations include Main Street, Little Goose Liquors and the farmers market. He said they hope to eventually use the corner of Fifth Street and Main Street as a main anchor for the business, as they will be able to draw an electrical supply from the bar being built there instead of running off of a generator.
Ayers said the green O.T. Go truck will likely end up being a seasonal endeavor, and said the food business in Sheridan experiences ups and downs with the weather.
“It’s kind of a stretch of the imagination serving food out of a truck in the dead of winter, but we’ll always keep our home here and come back to Sheridan when the weather allows,” he said.
O.T. Go will serve as a guinea pig for Sheridan’s current chow wagon climate. In the mean time, one thing is clear: these entrepreneurs are back in business.