When we left off (previous posts: Winchell’s Last Donut, Rancho Bravo Closed?!), we’d discovered that following the shuttering of Winchell’s, Rancho Bravo, the taco truck of city-wide fame that had made a home in the donut shop’s parking lot had closed as well, hanging a “pending new lease” sign out front.
Cub reporter that we are, we dropped a line to Freddy Rivas, the proprietor of said taco truck, hoping for some hopeful news. Here’s what we learned:
Hope you and your family are doing great. Thank you so much for contacting me. Well, here’s what’s going on. We are to take possesion and become the primary tenants of the entire property as of Tuesday October 6th, including the building. However, the previous tenant [the franchise owner] threw a fit yesterday and has denied us access to the Winchell’s building in the meantime. We have to have access to the building to be able to operate so in the meantime we are closed. His lease expired on Wednesday but he hasn’t got his stuff out yet. He has until Monday to get it out.
Overall it’s a great step for us in that we will have more control now. I don’t plan on turning the building into a taqueria though, instead I will go ahead and replace the small trailer there with the large one next door as has been the plan. I’m not sure what we will do with the building yet. It’s likely that we will keep the place operating as a donut shop in the meantime. I’m open to considering other options for the future. I would be open to hearing some ideas too. Maybe the readers would like to share some ideas with us.
Freddy went on to mention that there’s a bit more to the story, but that’s the most we’ll say for now.
This is good news, as it heads off the internecine intramural fight over where in Wallingford to relocate the truck.