The Land Rover coffee cart that will soon be a feature in Hull city centre
Tom Palmer's Lost Flip Flop mobile coffee van (Image: Unknown)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Jan 2019
Car mechanic Tom Palmer is set to rev up his own dream business by selling coffee from a converted Land Rover.
The 27-year-old from Cottingham has spent the last 18 months converting the 1987 vehicle.
Now, after securing the go-ahead from Hull City Council's licensing committee, he's about to open a regular street trading pitch near Beverley Gate in the city centre.
He said: "It's always been my ambition to be my own boss and this seemed the best way to do it.
Tom Palmer's Lost Flip Flop coffee van (Image: Tom Palmer)
"I bought the Land Rover about one-and-a-half years ago and it's been in our back garden ever since.
"It was blue when I got it but I've re-painted it black and built everything on the back, including installing the coffee machine.
"I like the outdoors and and I really love old Land Rovers so it's the prefect combination for me."
After his street trading application was approved on Monday, he handed in his notice at the Volkswagen Van Centre in Hull to prepare for opening his new venture next month.
"I originally applied for a spot near the Interchange but was told it wasn't suitable and asked to look elsewhere in the city centre.
"It wasn't easy because there are so many restrictions but the site near Beverley Gate was just right and, thankfully, the councillors agreed. I didn't think they were going to approve it but they did."
He's already tested his potential market at two events - the recent Cottingham Food Festival and last year's Hull Marathon, when he traded in Pickering Park.
"They both went very well and gave me a lot of encouragement. I've had a lot of support from friends and family, especially my wife Jen."
The coffee cart will trade under the name The Lost Flip Flop.
The Lost Flip Flop coffee van is heading for the city centre (Image: Unknown)
"It's partly a nod to Cornwall which is one of our favourite places. There are lots of little outdoor businesses like this down there and I wanted to bring that sort of atmosphere up here to Hull.
"The name also reflects what I'm doing with the Land Rover. It's going to look a bit out of place and I'm going to be a bit out of my usual comfort zone - just like a lost flip flop."