Matilda is For Sale – Writing the Next Chapter of Bear’s Backyard!
With the publishing of this blog post, and a related Craigslist posting, Matilda will be for sale and we’ll have officially begun writing the next chapter in the story of Bear’s Backyard. Most of you know already that Bear’s Backyard has been hibernating, founder Curt Bear is focused on his two other businesses, and is working to develop the right transition plan for the long-term future of the business. Many ask why, with such a great early following, Curt decided to move on. The unvarnished truth is, it comes down to passion and lifestyle – Curt’s passions for creating fabulous food spending special times with loved ones suffered when they became obligation rather than offering; to preserve those passions they had to cease to be obligations. So, we’re exploring various transition options, including selling outright, partnership options, and license options. If you or someone you know might want to be a part of that conversation; reach out to us!
Who’s Matilda you say? Well, she’s a project, our first big project, and the foundation of the slogan “Backyard Party in a Box!” Matilda is our loving name for a 1965 Chevrolet C30 with an Open Road RV conversion, originally intended as a support vehicle to be paired with a separate cooking trailer. Regulation got in the way of having a 2-unit team, and our focus turned to building out the food trailer unit – Woody. So Matilda was stripped down but never built back up, though many of the parts and pieces are there for someone to turn her into a party machine, tailgating force de resistance, rolling billboard, or even a driving tiny house of sorts. We’d been planning to build her into a catering support and backyard fun unit – she was to support catering operations of larger sizes – such as a multi-day destination weddings, big family reunions or company picnics, or even firefighting operations on location. Alas, we’ve moved on and it’s time for Matilda to do the same.
So, what do you get, and what do you do with it? Well, you get a great running truck with 61,xxx original miles, a 283 V8 engine that purrs like a kitten, really nice Alcoa aluminum wheels (these are great shape and cost $1,500 or so), good glass in the cab and an eagle on the hood. The back area is stripped to core and shell stage, 14′ x 8′, with a 4′ x 8′ storage area or bed over the cab. In addition, available materials and accessories and parts already purchased by me (and their approximate cost) could include:
New carpet for the cab area – sized to fit this model truck ($200)
Three-basin wash sink with 50 and 60 gallon clean and grey-water tanks ($500)
4-gallon per minute Eco-Temp instant hot water heater ($200)
100-watt external-mount boat speakers ($200)
100-watt Pioneer car stereo ($200 but came free from neighbor)
20 sheets of nice real-wood 1/8″ thick paneling ($250)
Heavy-duty steel storage shelving ($500)
Commercial Beverage-Aire 2′ x 4′ Keg Fridge ($500)
Assorted 2″ x 2″ boards, wiring, electric outlets, etc. ($300 maybe, I dunno)
The vision for Matilda is to create a completely self-contained entertainment and catering support unit, featuring a wash sink, keg fridge with multiple handles on the exterior of the truck, a drop-down movie screen which would be paired with a projector for outdoor movies, storage for extra food stocks, a small sleeping space above the cab, storage area for games such as corn-hole, Nerf guns, and etc, and an 8′ x 14′ rolling billboard mounted on a classic truck with Vintage Values (we had a wrap designed with the Bear’s Backyard brand on the side – wrap it however you’d like or leave the classic look!)
Price for the truck will be listed in the Craigslist advert, and will be negotiable. I love this truck, and feel bad for not bringing her back onto the road(yet!), but my neighbors keep reminding me it’s time to move on and they’re right! So we’re looking for a loving (and handy) new owner for Matilda, and if you’re interested in a great business opportunity with Bear’s Backyard Grill, don’t hesitate to look us up!