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Cart delivers hot lunch despite the cold

Michael Thompson January 9, 2014 3
A chilled customer visits one of the few food carts open downtown Tuesday. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

A chilled customer visits one of the few food carts open downtown Tuesday. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

Thanks to the warmth of two panini presses, the polar vortex was no match for Crystal Morris and her food cart.

Owner of Street Deli RVA, Morris is one of the few food cart and street vendors to stay open downtown during the colder winter months. She and a loyal worker were serving up food Tuesday as unusually cold weather blew through.

Employee Cary Frost and Street Deli RVA owner Crystal Morris

Cary Frost and Street Deli RVA owner Crystal Morris

“Not a lot of the other vendors stay out in the cold,” Morris said. “I figure we can monopolize while some of these other guys are gone and pick up some of their business.”

Street Deli RVA is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of 10th and East Byrd streets and has begun offering delivery service to nearby office buildings.

“My hope is that the deliveries make up for the lack of foot traffic,” Morris said. “In the summer, we’re serving about 80 to 85 customers a day. Right now we’re seeing something closer to 50 to 60.”

Sandwiches start at $6 and soups start at $3.50. Morris, a former marketing associate, launched her mobile eatery in May 2011.

Although the cold doesn’t scare her off, Morris has her limits: Street Deli RVA doesn’t operate when it rains.

Morris and Frost inside their soup, sandwich and salad cart.

Morris and Frost inside their soup, sandwich and salad cart.

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3 Comments »

  1. Brenda Holmes January 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Been a Street Deli fan ever since Crystal Morris opened her cart in July 2011. She serves the freshest and best food around. If you haven’t visited her cart, then you should :)

  2. betty snead January 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Crystal Morris is very creative and knows what people like. She strives to make people that visit her cart happy. Great food great service clean atmosphere.Check it out

  3. Diane Fraser January 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Street Deli rocks! Crystal is a truly creative chef who also understands what people want – and she delivers!

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