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Wichita’s Songbird Juice Company adds another store – on wheels

Songbird Juice Co. has a new food truck, which will be run by owner Marty Spence.
Songbird Juice Co. has a new food truck, which will be run by owner Marty Spence. The Wichita Eagle

Songbird Juice Company owner Marty Spence thought about expanding her business at 1142 N. Bitting in Riverside to Wichita’s east or west side.

Ultimately, she decided she wasn’t ready for a second location. But she came up with an alternate expansion plan.

“We had originally thought about doing another location,” she said. “Then we thought, ‘Maybe we’re not ready for that. Maybe we can get a truck take it east and west.’”

On Saturday, Spence will debut her new truck, dubbed “The Bird Cage,” at the ICT Burger Battle, a fundraiser for KETCH being put on in downtown Wichita. She purchased a 1967 Chevy delivery truck that Gaga’s Grub had already fitted with a service window and a kitchen.

At first, Spence said, she’ll serve her cold-pressed juices, smoothies and mini versions of her famous acai bowls from the truck, which she plans to take to food truck rallies and pop-up parks around town. Eventually, she said, she might add breakfast items prepared by her partner and business neighbor, Angelo Rodriguez, who owns R Coffee House.

Spence said she’ll spend most of her time with the truck and leave the shop to her well-trained staff. She’ll spend the next few days refurbishing the outside of the truck to match the vibe of her Riverside shop. It already has some wood grain panels and by Saturday will be even more customized.

“We will have different smoothies on the truck and different bowls than we will have in our shop,” she said. “You’ll get a different experience when come to truck, but you’ll still get a taste of Songbird.”

Spence said she’ll keep the truck’s schedule updated on Songbird’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.