Evan Tepper had an enviable gig in 2013 — he took a sabbatical and traveled the world for more than a year, plugging in to an Internet café every so often to crank out five days worth of data analytics.
He became accustomed to eating at street markets.
“Everything was literally farm-to-table or backyard-to-table,” he said. “Getting back to some of those roots is part of the inspiration for what I’m trying to do.”
Tepper’s Whole Sum Kitchen food truck is expanding into a juice and coffee bar in the former Birds N Stuff storefront at 824 W. 50th St.
Tepper’s drinks run the gamut from fruit-based (watermelon + basil) to green and earthy (cucumber + carrot + kale + beet + apple), and he’s happy to work with customers to tweak the green in their drinks. All of the cold-pressed juices and smoothies are vegan-friendly and free from dairy and nuts.
Tepper doesn’t expect customers to grab juice and go. He’s planning a communal table and window seating for people to meet with friends and sip fair-trade coffee, try made-to-order smoothies and stay for wraps and salads.
“It will have a welcoming feel,” he said. “Approachable is a word I always go back to.”