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‘Thirst Responder’ debuts in South Sound

A toast was offered to inaugurate the “Thirst Responder,” a new mobile bar made from a former ambulance, Wednesday at Lakewold Gardens. It is available from Jonz Catering for events.
A toast was offered to inaugurate the “Thirst Responder,” a new mobile bar made from a former ambulance, Wednesday at Lakewold Gardens. It is available from Jonz Catering for events. Staff photographer

Thirsty? Who you gonna call?

Co-owner Linda Dagley has noticed people stopping in the parking lot at Jonz Catering along South Tacoma Way. The people — especially firefighters — take photographs.

They’re there because of a repurposed 2005 Ford rescue rig that has been rechristened as the “Thirst Responder.”

It’s a “mobile beverage unit,” and when the refurbishment is complete, the vehicle will combine exterior beer taps and refrigeration enough to keep the ice, the wine and mixers cool.

What does Jonz Catering hope to do with the Thirst Responder?

“What we’re going to do is make more money,” said Angie Mingus, the company’s director of catering.

“A year ago, the Liquor Control Board decided to let caterers have a license to sell alcohol,” said David Dagley. “We were the first to get a license. We wanted to jazz up not only our appearance, but also to have something new, something fun. I hope people smile.”

The Dagleys bought the vehicle — formerly with the Huntington Beach (California) Fire Department — from Braun Northwest, a Chehalis firm specializing in ambulances and such.

They paid a fee to an online design operation, and a designer was hired to apply the Thirst Responder concept.

David Dagley said Jonz would offer the unit to clients hosting corporate events, weddings, festivals and other gatherings.

He anticipates only minor confusions.

“We don’t want people to mistake this for an actual emergency vehicle,” he said.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

c.r.roberts@thenewstribune.com

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