Pascoag brewery looks to partner with N.S. food truck operator to open ‘The Canteen at Bravo’

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Update: This project received unanimous approval from the Burrillville Town Council Wednesday night.

BURRILLVILLE – A popular brewery in Pascoag now hopes to add the offerings from a North Smithfield-based food truck to the permanent menu, with a proposal expected to go before the Burrillville Town Council this week.

Bravo Brewing Company at 81 Pascoag Main St. has partnered with North Smithfield-based entrepreneur Anthony Soly in hopes to build a kitchen on a property the brewery currently leases from the town.

Opened in 2019, Bravo is the growing business owned by Chris Mishoe, formerly of Portland, Maine. An Air Force veteran, Mishoe first began creating original beers as a hobby, taking his libations to the public at the town’s very first brewery that year. He leased a space in one of two buildings erected as part of a redevelopment plan for the once-blighted village.

Mishoe initially planned to lease just one lot in the town space, but expanded to a second in 2020 to install additional patron seating. And last year, they signed on for a third space to accommodate a double taproom to keep up with growing demand for their original brews.  

For snacks and meals to accompany the beer, Mishoe began calling in food trucks on the weekends, while also offering occasional entertainment.

The effort led them to Soly, who launched his business, a breakfast-based food truck dubbed Sunnyside on the Street, in neighboring North Smithfield in 2020. A former Town Councilor and engineer by trade, the endeavor marked a career change for Soly, who found his passion serving locals from his distinct, bright-blue truck.

Now, space within Bravo could serve as his commissary, while providing meal options to the guests at Bravo, and the surrounding homes and businesses. Soly aims to build a kitchen within the brewery’s existing footprint, subleasing the space.

“We will have an eclectic menu for both eat in at Bravo and takeout,” Soly said this week.

Soly told NRI NOW he plans to feature some of Sunnyside’s breakfast dishes on the menu, but also will serve burgers, chili’s, paninis, flatbreads and more, with house made sauces and gravies.

“If approved, we plan to have our hours mirror Bravos while opening earlier for lunch many days, as well as hoping to offer weekend breakfast and/or brunch options,” he said.

Under the business name R.P. Winkleton Inc., Soly has applied for a new victualing license for 81 Pascoag Main St. with intent to build a kitchen and serve foods as, “The Canteen at Bravo.” He notes that the project already has the needed approvals from both the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Burrillville Redevelopment Agency.

The license is scheduled for a public hearing with the Burrillville Town Council at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23 starting at 7 p.m.

Soly has been sharing news of the hearing in hopes his fans will help by testifying.

“If you’re a resident or business owner of Burrillville and would like to support this, you may do so by attending the meeting in person or via Zoom to speak, or write to the Town Council to show support,” he noted.

The agenda for the meeting with a link to attend can be found here.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect a change in ownership at Bravo Brewing Company.

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