By Lauren Lee KVAL News with KVAL.com staff
Published: Oct 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM PDT
EUGENE, Ore. — Ben Maude was planning on opening his mobile food cart GastroNomad on the streets of Eugene next week.
Maude was raised in Napa Valley and attended the Napa Valley Cooking School. After graduation, he worked at several restaurants, but recently decided to start his own business.
He purchased a Thai bicycle on Craigslist for $750.
“It was sort of the stepping stone into eventually owning my own restaurant, starting really small and then from there getting a truck and then get a space and open a restaurant,” Maude said. “At least, that was the goal.”
Sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, Maude’s mobile food cart – equipped with two woks, a propane tank and an umbrella – was stolen from the courtyard of his apartment complex.
Maude didn’t lock his bicycle, but he said he covered it.
“My mistake for not locking it properly, but we’re enclosed and there’s not a lot of foot traffic,” he said of his gated apartment complex.
Maude said he just wants his bicycle back so he can start selling one of his specialties – Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches.
He said his food cart is unique and one-of-a-kind. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s funky and cool. It’s very old looking.”
If you have seen Maude’s food cart, you’re asked to call the Eugene Police Department.