First, hats off to Pete Spynda. As the founder and manager of the famous Pandemic series at Brillobox, he had the idea of utilizing the Shadyside Nursery space for the summer series, aptly titled “Weather Permitting” where families, friends, and neighbors can relax, enjoy incredible live music as the sun sets, and purchase gourmet food truck cuisines from Lomito Truck, PGH TacoTruck, Frankuary, BRGR, Oh My Grill and more on a rotating weekly basis.
Pete worked hard for this event. I mean, as hard as anyone in this industry. He was able to procure a blurb on City Paper, got an interview with Nakturnal, a mention by PopCity Media, a shoutout by WCRT Zombo’s radio show…. if anyone needs to hire a hard working marketing guru, this guy would be it.
Then he procured a lineup of live bands for the ENTIRE SUMMER, with Lung Face Feet kicking it off last Sunday (video posted below), booked an artist to paint the stage, built the stage with the Nursery guys in less than 2 hours, helped setup a sound system, procured Red Star Kompucha to donate some of their hearty boozey drinks, bought four kegs, hired three helpers, and played with his cute lil’ daughter during the event. WTF? Is his blood made of crack?!?
(Pete: My jeans may be tight, but I look damn good in this pose)
Then there is Bill, the humble one-of-two brother tag-team owner of Shadyside Nursery. Before this event, many people did not even know it existed. But it does. And it’s an awesome nursery. Their prices are half of their competition, and nearly a third of the national chains. Bill could not be more opposite than Pete. Bill doesn’t have twitter. He sometimes checks his facebook. Has a pretty decent sense of humor. And, along with his younger brother Mike, works his buttocks off every single day - does anyone know how hard it is to bag 300 pounds of mulch? Well, I helped them do exactly that last Sunday to prepare for #WeatherPermittingPGH, and my back is still sore.
Bill’s dedicated to utilizing his space, the entire nursery and his parking lot – alongside Shadyside Detail, to bring together a community that is sorely in need of positive energy. Check him out, and his nursery, soon.
(What? I don’t have an afro! Its more of a perm, damnit)
Lastly, there’s us. Damon & I (and Rocio!) are still perfecting our menu, our foodtruck is at TJ’s autobody shop (as I type this) getting inspected, and the ACHD will soon give us a stamp of approval to sell food directly out of the truck so that we can put South American goodness into your bellies. Our logo is getting created, and well, we still have a lot of work to do, but do check our events page for the next place to catch us for the summer & beyond.
For our part for Weather Permitting, we will bring a rotation of different food trucks every weekend, including PGH Taco Truck, Franktuary, BRGR, Oh My Grill etc. In fact, we’ve just confirmed Franktuary for the next Weather Permitting event so get ready to stuff your face with hot dogs.
Lastly, we hope our truck will be up & running full time all around the city of Pittsburgh in no time (fingers crossed!) by the end of this week. Follow us on all sorts of social media for updates, and we promise to bring you very best in South American cuisine.
So, in sum: Pete “Weather Permitting” + Bill “Shadyside Nursery” + Damon/Hoon “Lomito Truck” = Amazing Sundays for the rest of the Summer. Join us!
Ok, now for the video (it was on my iPhone 5 in low light so forgive the shakiness, but you can see the incredible energy of the space, with people dancing, kids playing in the sandbox, and the jubilant evening atmosphere of the event):