Pizza oven a new attraction for gas station
You might not expect to find freshly fired brick oven pizza for sale at a gas station, but that is just one of the delights on offer at the newly opened Gold Coast Express, North Shore.
The food concession is located inside Rubis Terceira's gas station on North Shore Road, Smith's, and is operated by the MEF Group.
It is the second Gold Coast Express on the Island. The first opened in 2012 at the Rubis Warwick gas station, on South Road.
Terceira's gas station has undergone a spruce-up with an increase in items for sale inside the forecourt shop. The food concession area has been completely revamped and upgraded in line with the style and standards of the original Gold Coast Express.
A trump card of the new outlet is a brick oven for cooking pizza. The oven has not been used for at least five years, but it was been brought back into operation by the MEF Group, which has also reconfigured the brightened up the food concession outlet.
There is a breakfast area for teas, coffees, pastries and snacks, including slushies, and also a grab-and-go chilled display stocked with sandwiches, wraps, fruit and desserts.
The main counter offers a hot buffet selection, salad, fish cake sandwiches and freshly made pizza. Lunch and dinner specials are made to order.
Teddy Terceira, who runs the Terceira family's gas station business with his brother Michael, said the original Gold Coast Express had proven to be a hit with customers in Warwick. This led to discussions about opening in a second location.
MEF Group was willing to take up the opportunity and set to work transforming the concession area, which was previously run by Lemon Tree.
The new Gold Coast Express was created under the direction of restaurant manager Costanzo Di Megilo.
Mr Terceira said he hoped the revived food concession would further boost the number of customers stopping at the gas station, which is open from 6.30am until 8pm every day, except Sunday when it is open from 9am until 4pm.
“We are going to have a proper takeout menu, and there is some new signage still to come. The counter and buffet is all new and people are able to see what is going on in the kitchen,” said Mr Terceira.
Dale Butler, director of training, leadership and communications at MEF Group, said: “We have expert kitchen staff, Bermudians and some from overseas, and we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have seen this work well on South Shore.”