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The Pint Size Pub House joins the ranks of other city food carts and is the city's only liquor truck

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN
 - Debi Botz can pour beer, wine and hard cider for thirsty customers at the Newberg food cart pod on First Street.

Few things are as rewarding as a nice cold beer on a hot summer day. And that's just what Salem resident Debi Botz is banking on with Newberg's latest business.

Botz recently opened the Pint Size Pub House, the latest food cart addition to the city. Botz had previously spent the past 25 years in the beauty industry where she owned a waxing studio. But after all that time, she said she became burned out and decided to make a career shift.

"At 55 I'm changing my complete career," she said. "I'm excited about it."

Pint Size Pub House only sells beer, wine and cider. It's open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Botz said once the summer rolls in and the weather improves, she may begin opening at noon. She can't really extend the hours later, she said, as she can only stay open as long as the other food trucks at First and Center streets.

She is contractually forbidden with selling food and competing with the other carts. Also by law, she said only one cart serving alcohol is allowed in such a park, which is how she came to find herself in Newberg.

"My boyfriend and I went to every food cart pod we could in the area," she said. "Outside Portland, inside Portland. Every single one of them had beer, wine and cider, sometimes hard alcohol."

However, she said once she found Newberg, the city said "we need beer now."

"This is where we're at," she said. "I love it here, so far everyone is super friendly and very welcoming."

Pint Size Pub House serves beer, cider and wine that is made locally. Botz said she has three or four beers and two ciders on tap. Additionally, she came up with a different kind of item for sale. She sells beers in cans, which customers then drink out of a paper bag, making it a "hobo style" thing.

"People are kind of digging that," she said.

The business officially opened April 10 and Botz said sales have been a little slow since then, mostly because of rainy weather. She tried opening the cart on a Sunday as well, but only one other food cart was open, and business didn't get going that day.

"We'll see what happens once the sun comes out," she said.

She said the permitting process through the city and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission was a little lengthy, but overall wasn't as bad as she thought it could have been.

"I was blessed in that area," she said. "Everyone in the city is really nice."

Botz said her cart "sticks out like a sore thumb," as it is painted turquoise.

"I'm just really excited to get busy," she said. "I want people to know we're here. You'll always get a smile from me."

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