Downtown Fort Smith’s coffee scene has a new player, and it’s on the move.
Watts In Your Cup?, which in December 2018 moved to the lot across Garrison Avenue from Propak Logistics, serves Onyx coffee and all-American food out of an Airstream trailer. Named after owners Ryan and Jeannie Watts, the truck serves pedestrians in downtown Fort Smith but will also travel to events and festivals outside the downtown area, the owners said.
“We’re here to try to give Fort Smith a taste of Americana,” Jeannie Watts said. “We’re quirky, we’re different.”
Ryan Watts, who owns and operates Express Tree & Landscaping, purchased the trailer in the summer of 2018 for his wife to operate. The trailer, which includes an espresso machine, a grill and a fryer, cost about $50,000 to purchase and renovate, he said.
Ryan Watts said their friends who own Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Fort Smith gave them the idea to create a coffee truck because there wasn’t one in downtown Fort Smith. The people they bought the trailer from, he said, were “big coffee drinkers” and recommended they use Onyx coffee.
“We’re not here to compete with the local coffee houses. What they’re doing is great. They’re good coffee,” Jeannie Watts said. “We’re different.”
Along with the coffee, the menu at Watts In Your Cup? has sandwiches, wraps, chicken tenders, chicken wings, burgers and waffles. It also has other drinks like lemonade and tea and pastries like muffins and cookies.
The Watts first opened Watts In Your Cup? in October and served their food and drinks at Stonewood Village. They decided after a few months that their business would be more suited for downtown and debuted the trailer there the day of the Christmas parade.
“We’re doing a lot better here,” Jeannie Watts said. “There’s a lot more foot traffic in this area.”
“Down here, it’s, ‘Oh, look at that. That’s unique.’ They see the awning out, and the want to come out and sit underneath and have some coffee or food,” Ryan Watts said.
Going forward, downtown will function as the “home base” for the trailer, which will serve its fare during events like the Steel Horse Rally and Pub Crawl. Ryan Watts specifically said they have discussed the idea of a bike wash at the Steel Horse Rally this year.
The trailer will also travel to events around Fort Smith and even events like Backwoods Music Fest at Mulberry Mountain, he said.
“The thing about having a trailer is, we can go anywhere,” Ryan Watts said.
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