Last chance to buy a ‘Dillo

You might remember in November we advertised some retired ‘Dillos for sale in an online auction. All told, we had 12 ‘Dillo trolleys to sell, and the last two are currently up for auction on GovDeals.

You may be asking, what can you do with an old ‘Dillo?

For inspiration, ask Karisa Prestera, who turned an old ‘Dillo into the retail outlet of her business, Taste No Evil Muffins. Karisa transformed the ‘Dillo into the whimsical store seen above and sells her muffins there six days a week.

Karisa advertises the former-‘Dillo-headquarters on her Facebook page as part of what makes her business uniquely Austin. Here is the “before” photo:
(Check out the Taste No Evil Muffin Company on Facebook for a series of photos documenting the retired ‘Dillo’s transformation.)

This particular ‘Dillo is an older model than the ones currently for sale online, possibly in service even prior to Capital Metro’s formation in 1985. The Taste No Evil Muffins trolley isn’t operational, but has a permanent home outside the eclectic Maria’s Taco Xpress on South Lamar. (Ride routes #3, 29, 331, or 338 to get to the muffin trolley.)

I mentioned to Karisa that she could upgrade her ‘Dillo to one that actually runs, and she’d love to if only she had $30,000 to spend (more or less the going rate for the other ‘Dillos we’ve sold). Instead, she is saving her dough to install convection ovens in the trolley–maybe as early as this spring–so she can move 100% of her operations into the muffin trolley. That would make Taste No Evil Muffins the first complete bakery bus. (Well maybe not the very first, but at least the very first bakery in a former ‘Dillo!)

You can bid on the two remaining ‘Dillos through Jan. 14.

One thought on “Last chance to buy a ‘Dillo

  1. chrysrobyn

    How about some updates on the trains? Safety certification progress, federal permits, station completion, that kind of stuff.

    The station at Howard looks like they’ve started moving dirt around for the parking lot, like they already have traffic on the new/moved set of tracks, and like the passenger canopies are in place.

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