Tin Can Kitchen, a food delivery service that launched at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, is gearing up to open a second shipping container kitchen next month, offering something completely different to its current street food inspired menu.
Well known throughout Newport for its burgers, hot dogs and burritos, the owners of Tin Can Kitchen are planning something completely different for their second kitchen, which will also be housed in a converted shipping container.
With its own separate, albeit familiar, identity, ‘Tin Can Kitchen presents…Al Forno’ will operate as a bakery and sandwich bar throughout the daytime and a pizza takeaway and delivery service at night.
Following in the footsteps of the original Tin Can Kitchen, both the daytime and evening menus will feature modern twists on well-known classics, original recipes, as-well as a number of vegan/vegetarian and gluten free options.
The trio are confident of having spotted a gap in the market, especially where the bakery and sandwich bar is concerned:
“Rogerstone is crying out for the sort of bakery and sandwich bar we have in mind, so we think it will go down well. We made pizzas at the start and they were very popular, although we decided to take them off the menu and save them for the second kitchen. This time round, they’ll have their own dedicated space allowing us to make a proper go of them. Along with the bread, cakes, pastries and sandwiches we have in mind, the pizzas will be a real authentic treat for the people of Rogerstone and the wider Newport area.”
With local lockdowns in force across neighbouring Caerphilly and Risca, the timing may seem unfortunate for Al Forno, although having launched Tin Can Kitchen and traded successfully during the first lockdown, the trio are unfazed:
“Oddly enough, the lockdown was the perfect springboard for Tin Can Kitchen as we feel our food offered some comfort to people during what were, and still are, unprecedented times. Whilst we want people to come and experience Al Forno in person, we’re ready to step up to the plate, should a second wave hit, and deliver food to people across Newport, Risca, Cwmbran and parts of Caerphilly”
Aiming for an October 2020 launch, Al Forno will swiftly be followed by a third shipping container kitchen, setting the scene for the trio’s end goal of an outdoor food court and music venue, complete with a bar, staging and seating areas (subject to planning).