South Lake Tahoe is moving up the urban ladder. No, the city is not getting rail cars. But one business is bringing a new kind of delivery to town.
Justin Gresh of Vinny’s Pizzeria is putting the pedal to the pizza. The new business owner is delivering his fresh baked pies via bicycle.
“It’s a true replacement for your car or truck,” Gresh said outside his shop Wednesday. “For delivering pizzas it’s the perfect thing.”
Gresh has enjoyed riding bikes most of his life. Incorporating them into his business just seemed like the natural next step, he said.
After spending an afternoon in the heat of the kitchen, the bike provides a reprieve from the bustle.
“I like the idea of using the bike for business,” he said. “It’s fun for me to be able to get out of the place for a minute.”
Gresh specially built his ultimate delivery bike on the frame of a Yuba Cargo Bike. With a large pizza carrier on the back and the load capacity of more than 400 pounds, he can carry enough pizza for a decent-size party.
“This thing is great if you wanted to load up a couple kegs and throw a pizza on the back,” he laughed.
So far, he and his wife have delivered to Lakeside Beach and most often the Stateline casinos, not far from his location at Highway 50 and Pioneer. Bike delivery has been well received by his customers, Gresh said.
“Everybody has been super stoked,” he said.
With good weather and most flat surroundings, the business owner can cover a radius of about 1 mile without any problems. But before he lets his employees go riding all over town with hot pizza, he has to think about safety and training.
“From a business perspective, it’s a little more complex,” he said.
Nonetheless, he hopes to keep riding fresh food to hungry customers.
“In the summer, when the weather is nice, everybody is on a bike,” he said. “Doing deliveries isn’t something you really think about, but it’s so accessible.”
Though he does have studded tires, the bike delivery will probably have to go on hold when it gets cold.
“In the winter, it’ll have to go into hibernation,” he said.