Still wary of hitting bars while the pandemic continues?
Then bring the bar to you.
Mobile wine bar for, a new mobile bar service in Cincinnati, will bring a bartender and all the accessories to serve drinks at your next party. And they’ll do it from a 1968 Santa Fe trailer.
Owner Zonieke Alston-Betts,51 years old, hopes to capitalize on food-truck boom and other food and beverage trends in the pandemic era by offering flexible outdoor bar service for outdoor weddings, graduation parties and other events.
“There is a whole community out there that I’m proud to be a part of providing opportunities for people to move into the great outdoors and really have a good time,” said Alston-Betts, who lives at College. Hill.“We can bring our mobile bar to your home, on the river or set up in the parking lot during a sporting event. The possibilities are endless. “
Pour, which launched in April, does not provide alcohol.
Instead, it provides expert mixologists certified by the ServSafe Alcohol Program for bartenders and all necessary bartending equipment including serving items, ice cream, toppings and mixers for craft cocktails.
To specializes in creating bar menus based on the needs and event preferences of each client.
“We can customize the menu to provide beer and wine-only service or service for a few signature cocktails or service for both,” Alston-Betts said. “We are really open to creativity and the use of space for whatever needs of the event.”
Prices start at around $ 450 for a two-hour beer and wine service for up to 50 people, she said, noting that she can customize packages to suit group sizes and to smaller budgets.
For does not need a liquor license because it does not provide alcohol for events, according to Alston-Betts. However, Pour has general liability and alcohol insurance, which is included in the cost of the service, she said.
In addition to bartending services, Pour also offers wine tastings, cocktail-making classes, and classes on pairing bourbon and wine with cigars – even candle-making classes.
“I wanted to offer something different,” said the owner. “We are really open to creativity and the use of the mobile bar for all event needs.”
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Alston-Betts began her journey in mobile bars in 2019 when she started working two full-time jobs to raise money for the vintage trailer she bought last year for $ 4,000 from a dealer in Shelbyville, Indiana.
She spent the next year restoring and customizing the trailer with the help of skilled craftsmen from the Northside-based nonprofit arts organization, PAR-Projects, where the trailer remains parked when not in use.
In addition to two wooden bar tops, Pour also comes with a 36-bottle wine fridge, a commercial Kegerator with two beer taps, and a custom-made humidor that can hold around 125 cigars.
Pour hosted his first event at a Par-Project open house, where he served beer and wine.
Pour also served “mocktails” at the family-run “Mobile Black Wall Street: Juneteenth Festival” held in June at Esoteric Brewing in Walnut Hills.
Upcoming, For has been booked for a launch party for The Scout Guide Cincinnati online city guide and trade publication. And inquiries come in daily, Alston-Betts said.
“It’s still early days, but we are growing and building partnerships and relationships in the community,” she said.
Alston-Betts, who operated a dance studio in Denver and a convenience store in Chicago before launching Pour, said she has done a lot of research on mobile bars and even networked with other mobile bar owners. across the country before launching his latest business venture.
She believes the demand for mobile bar services is here to stay, even as pandemic restrictions are lifted.
“People have gotten used to the idea of eating and drinking outside since the start of the pandemic and they love it, and this is where mobile bars have the advantage,” he said. she declared.
Alston-Betts said their long-term goal is to add another motorhome to the business and that they have already purchased a 1968 Serro Scotty trailer which they plan to convert to a mobile bar.
In the meantime, she plans to modernize the company with new uniforms and bar kits for bartenders and an electric trailer cart to move her trailer to specific positions or align it with the trailer hitch of the truck she used to tow it.
“We’re moving the trailer manually now, and that can be quite the task,” she said.
Alston-Betts said the $ 2,500 she won for second place in Financial Fortitude Delta Pitch’s inaugural Small Business Grants competition will go a long way to help fund future upgrades.
The competition was sponsored by the local chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – a historically black sorority founded on the principles of public service, especially in black society.
“The women of Delta Sigma Theta have been very active in the community, and I was truly honored to be a finalist in the competition,” said Alston-Betts. back to the community. This is how I found the name of my company. Pour into someone who will pour into you. ”