Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Food Truck Diaries, Volume 23: Peddler on the Path

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

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Peddler on the Path is a sweet little food truck that spends its weekends behind the Windmill Inn and Suites by the corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road. You’ll also see it at cycling events and other local festivals, just minding its own business and selling quality coffee and other drinks to a steady stream of patrons.

Owner Jaime Arrieta is all smiles, and a total cycling fanatic. His initial plans were for a bicycle-powered coffee outfit, but he spotted a 1964 Kaiser Jeep while cycling through an alley one day. It wasn’t long before he contacted the owner, shelled out a few hundred bucks and busted out some tools to make his little coffee operation a reality.

"I used to ride by this spot all the time and I always thought, 'Someday I'm going to open a coffee shop for people who love to ride this path as much as I do," said Arrieta.

Peddler on the Path - which celebrates its fourth anniversary in November - is a hub of activity on most mornings, which is exactly what Arrieta always hoped for. He’ll hold your keys if you’re heading out for a ride on the nearby Rillito River bike path, and he's got a stash of patch kits for cyclists who need them. He’ll also hold a cold bottle of water for runners if his truck happens to be on their route.

When asked what motivates him to climb into the tiny truck each weekend, despite triple-digit heat or foul weather, Arrieta looks away for a few seconds. It’s almost as if such a question is beyond the scope of his dedication to the cycling community. “You should see how happy people are at these events when they come riding past at 5:30 in the morning and they see me, and I’ve got hot coffee.”

For more information check out Peddler on the Path’s website over here.

Jaime Arrieta is the man.
  • Jaime Arrieta is the man.

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