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A vegan food truck with a popular Patchogue presence will soon have a new permanent location, one without wheels.
The Village of Patchogue Planning Board approved an application this spring for Peach and Pine Café to open a restaurant at 217 Waverly Ave.
The couple behind the mobile eatery, Ashley Rowland and Brian Arthus, have wanted to serve vegan comfort food in their neighborhood since they moved to Patchogue in 2018. They were previously approved to open a restaurant on South Ocean Avenue in 2019, but those plans went unfulfilled.
In lieu of a brick-and-mortar restaurant, they launched the mobile Peach and Pine Café last year to great success. At breweries and distilleries across the island, customers line up for such signature items as the hot lil biscuit, the lemon blueberry scone and, for the pooch, complimentary ‘couch potato’ dog treats.
Perhaps the truck’s most fervent fans frequent its Sunday brunch at The Better Man Distilling Company at 161 River Ave. in Patchogue.
“We live here, we love this town,” Arthus told the planning board back in June. He said a sit-in Peach and Pine Café “would be a great addition to the many restaurants that exist, it would bring a little bit of change to the area.”
Vegan comfort food
At 217 Waverly Ave., Rowland and Arthus will subdivide the building to establish an approximately 2,400-square-foot restaurant. The plan is to have 48 seats across a number of tables, plus a bar and window counters.
Customers can expect the couple’s signature brand of vegan comfort food — emphasis on comfort. Much of the mobile cafe’s menu boasts tasty and eye-catching vegan delights.
There’s the mother clucker, featuring Nashville-style hot chicken, tangy slaw, sweet and spicy pickles and chili garlic aioli on a toasted bun; the spicy Tex-Mex hash, with red and sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, black beans, spinach, sliced avocado, rainbow multigreens and chili flakes with siracha ketchup and Muddy’s barbecue; buttermilk fried “chicken” tossed in Muddy’s backyard barbecue sauce, with onion rings, cheddar “cheese,” tangy slaw, sweet and spicy pickles, green onion and ranch on a toasted potato bun.
The café will also offer baked sweets, including cookies, tarts and scones — specialties of Rowland, who previously ran the online Sugar Lane Cake Shop.
It remains unclear what may come of their mobile cafe once the restaurant opens, but Arthus told the planning board they will not be storing the truck at their Waverly Ave. property.
GreaterPatchogue attempted to reach Rowland and Arthus, who did not respond by the time of publication. Before they can open shop, the couple must renovate their newly leased space, plus receive various additional approvals from the town.
“It’s going to be a long road to build it, but hopefully we can make it our home over there,” Arthus told the planning board.
“Ideally, we’d be able to open the doors around this time next year,” he added.
Top photo: The Peach and Pine Café truck serving Sunday brunch at The Better Man Distilling Company in Patchogue.