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Café Pista

Photo credit: Éliott Légaré
Photo credit: Éliott Légaré

As a continuation to the implementation of food trucks in Montreal, the Pista Café Mobile was created a little over two years ago as a tricycle/invention. After being showcased in all of Montreal’s festivals, the Pista Café tricycle found an address of its own in the heart of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie.

The goal: To make the shift from being a nomad café to being a sedentary one, while still keeping a street stall feel.  The chosen location, on the corner of Beaubien and Saint-Vallier, is imbued with both history and character.

Photo credit: EGP TechnoVirtuel inc.
Photo credit: EGP TechnoVirtuel inc.

After roaming its share of Montreal streets, being part of each of the city’s great events and travelling over 360 km to grind coffee, the Pista Café team called upon Les Ateliers Guyon to design a unique yet familiar universe. Maxime Richard, Pista Café’s owner, says: “The Pista Café Mobile is a tricycle which combines human power, technology and the pleasure of a good coffee. The bike itself, completely independent from any other source of energy, relies solely on legs and pedals to provide freshly ground coffee beans.

Photo credit: EGP TechnoVirtuel inc.
Photo credit: EGP TechnoVirtuel inc.

The tricycle concept Pista Café Mobile was the first inspiration for the designers at Les Ateliers Guyon. Félix Guyon explains: “The idea of bringing the outside in came to us instinctively. It wasn’t just our gut feeling; as the concept was a natural extension of the original Pista Café. We wanted to give users an enjoyable, friendly and unpretentious experience in a bright, refreshing space. The idea was simply to make the Café an inviting place, so the customers would feel like they were walking about or sitting in a park. We never thought we would literally bring the outside inside, but it figured that subtle evocation of the volumetric and functional properties of a food-truck-type service were to surface through our refreshing design.” 

Photo credit: Éliott Légaré
Photo credit: Éliott Légaré

The Café is divided in two separate sections. On one side lies a long bench, its colours soft and lively, allowing the location’s natural light to shine. On the other, the service section is hemmed in a container-inspired workspace where customers get served as if they were sitting on a food truck stool, waiting for their order.

Photo credit: Éliott Légaré
Photo credit: Éliott Légaré

Within this workspace there’s even a place designed especially for the tricycle as there is a little workshop where it can be stored, repaired and admired by the patrons. According to Audrée L. Larose, designer at Les Ateliers Guyon: “From the very beginning, our clients were adamant on the matter: they want the bike, which gets a lot of looks on the street, to be integrated in the design so it can still be gazed upon. But they also made it clear that they didn’t want the whole place to be tricycle-themed. We believe we achieved, through this project, a perfect blend, subtle yet bold, of their first intentions and our concept to bring the outside in.”

Photo credit: Éliott Légaré
Photo credit: Éliott Légaré
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