Visitors to the Port Moody Station Museum may soon be able to enjoy a sandwich or french fries with their history lessons of the city’s past.
The Port Moody Heritage Society that owns the museum in the old CP Rail train station is hoping the city will allow it to provide food service as a way to support its operation.
In a report to be presented to city council tomorrow (Tuesday), the food service would be a partnership with Coquitlam restaurateur Fred Soofi who would locate a semi-permanent food truck near the Venosta rail car.
Seating would be on picnic tables, or aboard the rail car if it’s not otherwise being used for educational programming. The carriage’s single, multi-gender washroom would also be available for customers, or they could use accessible facilities at neighbouring Rocky Point Park.
According to the heritage society, the food truck would operate daily, year around, with hours to be adjusted according to customer demand.
The food truck idea is just the latest initiative to try to animate the museum.
Just last month, council approved a new men’s shed society to make use of an old work shed called Charlie’s Shop as its work and meeting space.
A men’s shed society is a movement that started in Australia and New Zealand in the 1990s to give men a place to go to work on handyman projects, mentor and learn from each other and make social connections.
To comply with its agreement to operate, the museum requires permission from the city for any change of use on its property.