“It’s got this old-school, almost milkman look to it.” That’s Matt Mitchell, director of operations and wholesale for Bluebird, describing the local microcreamy’s ice cream truck. The rehabbed 1950s four-wheeler is slated to roll into town on October 31 around 3pm.
Upon its arrival the truck is parking at Bluebird’s shop at 74th Street and Greenwood, where freebies will be handed out (buy one scoop, get the second gratis ). After that? Mitchell says he and the Bluebird crew have yet to nail down a schedule but promises the truck will hit up nabes across the city.
The mobile outfit is the latest venture for the quickly expanding ice cream operation. In mid-October owner Josh Reynolds opened the aforementioned storefront in Phinney Ridge, also the site of beer and soda brewing. Construction is expected to wrap this week for another in Fremont, according to Mitchell. The original Bluebird is on Pike Street in Capitol Hill.
The truck—a former DIVCO milk wagon—hails from Iowa. There the owner operated it on the side as a means to fund law school, and it’s since been pimped out with a contempo cold-plated freezer. In there will be Bluebird’s full line of year-round offerings plus the seasonals (right now that’s pumpkin).