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.
“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.