Where is Tom? In his bus at La Base, but not for very long! After having made a cozy place for himself in the Lorient region for eight years, delighting passers-by and workers every weekday lunchtime, Thomas Colin has decided to turn the page and hand over the reins of his double-decker bus. The end of an adventure he started eight years ago. “It’s a well-considered decision, I didn’t want to force things. I had been thinking about it for a while, I was coming to the end of a cycle”.
Local products and seasonal cuisine
The adventure began in 2014 after the purchase of a London double-decker bus, which the young Larmorien, 32 years old at the time, completely refurbished into a workspace dedicated to the kitchen. An atypical vehicle that stood out in the world of food-trucks. “There was no history in the area, we were sort of the precursors. We had to make a lot of adjustments.” In four to five years, Where is Tom is gradually gaining a place in local fast food, helped by its choice to offer a menu that changes, adapted to the seasons and made up of local products. The red bus is developing its local network by working in particular with local artisans such as Boul’ange in Larmor-Plage, Ty Producteurs in Kervignac, the fishermen of Lorient or the Gaec du Gohouarn, in Guénin. The recipe pleases and the business prospers.
We would like someone who fits in the continuity. We are very attached to our customers and we will be careful that the new team has fun by offering quality and originality.
“We created a small institution”
“Confronting reality was the best school, recalls Thomas Colin. There were two of us at the start, I only had a cook with me. In 2019, at the peak of activity, there were six of us”. Since then, the health crisis has been there but has not dampened the enthusiasm of the Where is Tom team. Even today, the English bus serves around a hundred people, four lunches a week, at Lorient La Base, and every Friday evening, in the Géant car park, in Lorient. At the same time, the brand has developed its event activity. It works with companies and individuals, and at festivals in the Great West, such as Hellfest, the Noise Festival, Le Mans Classic, the Triumph of the schools of Saint Cyr-Coëtquidan and the Interceltic Festival of Lorient. “We have an activity that is now well established, something visible, with a loyal clientele. We have created a small institution,” says Thomas Colin, aware that he is passing on a healthy business to the future manager.
If he envisages an ideal recovery in the spring, the current manager undertakes to ensure the transmission of his business until his successor is ready. The entrance fees for the next festivals are already sold. “We would like someone who is part of the continuity. We are very attached to our customers and we will be careful that the new team has fun by offering quality and originality”.
For his part, the 40-year-old Larmorien already has ideas for the future. “Where is Tom asked me for special attention and full-time involvement. And I had other projects in mind for a while. I have always loved catering, events, welcoming the public… I need to turn the page to open another”.
Applications for a revival of Where is Tom should be sent before April 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org