You’ve heard of a pickup truck and a pickup bar.
Meet the Peoria-Glendale area’s first pickup truck bar, Old School Tap.
It’s a classic 1955 Ford F-250 that has been modified to serve as a rollup bar.
The truck is owned by Taylour Rohme and Kris Andrews, a soon-to-be-wed couple who live in Glendale. Rohme said they decided to launch the business after getting frustrated with a lack of options while planning her own wedding.
“We searched and searched for something other than a standard walk-up bar for our wedding, and we were incredibly frustrated at the lack of options out there,” said Rohme, a mother of two. “Kris and I sat down and said, ‘You know what would be great? A cool classic truck.’ And the idea for Old School Tap was born. It doesn’t get much better than an older truck, but an old truck with booze might just be the icing on the cake!”
Rohme and Andrews purchased the truck early this year from the longtime owner, who had used it for years as a daily driver and work truck. It is largely original, save for the new paint job and custom bar hand built into the bed.
“Keeping the original integrity of our truck was important to us,” Rohme said. “We added the pistachio color and honey-stained wood, but we wanted to keep the classic feel and preserve the memories this old truck holds. Being able to bring some of that old-school charm to your modern-day events is what we love the most.”
The truck was detailed and ceramic coated by AZ Auto Aesthetics.
Being a veteran-owned business, thanking veterans for their service is an important tenet in Old School Tap’s business model, right down to the specialty veteran license plate. Andrews served five years in the U.S. Marines and reached the rank of corporal.
“We recognize that we are the home of the free because of the brave,” Rohme said. “We recently held a sticker sale to raise funds for Soldiers Best Friend, a nonprofit that pairs eligible veterans with trained service dogs. Both Kris and I are always looking for more opportunities to help veterans in the future.”
While Rohme and Andrews invented Old School Tap to serve as their wedding bar, the truck is available for events. Rohme sold cold brew coffee and soda pop at the Tanger Outlets in Glendale on Black Friday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the business model, but Rohme is optimistic about the future and is hopeful that people choose to book her bar while celebrating safely.
She noted 2020 “has been a tough year for most, and I just want to say thank you to everyone who supports us and an even bigger thank you to those that have booked events with us over the next few months. I can’t explain how good of a feeling it is to see your vision come to life and actually have people love it. So once again thank you all so much and I can’t wait to grow my little business with all of you.”
For more information, visit OldSchoolTap.com.