The Great Little MTA Coffee War in Wantagh

Dennis Timpanaro's Silver Coffee Truck lives on, after the MTA railroaded him off the Wantagh Station plaza.

Dennis Timapanaro's silver coffee truck was a fixture at the Wantagh LIRR Station for decades.  He was forced out by the MTA, in action that was reported by Patch previously.

To coin a phrase, Dennis was railroaded, and here's how:  the MTA notified Dennis that the rent for his spot under the trestle next to the escalator would be raised. When he asked how much, MTA explained that would be determined by open bidding; Dennis' spot was not really Dennis' spot. He asked MTA what he should bid, and was told to double what he had been paying MTA. He was outbid by a new operator who bid triple Denis' prior rent.

Of course, all that extra money is coming out of commuters' pockets and into the MTA coffers, not into better coffee.  but the war continues.

Dennis's coffee truck is fully licensed and operating with the permission and cooperation ot the owners of Thom-Thom Steak & Seafood, next to the Bank of America, directly across the street from his old spot. Many of us go that little bit extra to cross the street and get the same great coffee, the same good egg sandwiches, buttered rolls and breakfast bagels--and customer friendly prices we have been enjoying for years, from Dennis and his silver truck.

He's got a cup to go, for you!

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Joe October 25, 2012 at 02:53 PM
It is good to see loyalty is not dead.
Chris Wendt October 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
A cup of fresh-brewed coffee is still less than a buck off Denis' truck. 85-cents. He truly appreciates everyone's support for his livelihood.
Julie Becker October 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM
This is where we show what a strong community we are...33 years later, everyone knows Dennis!! He is a wonderful fixture right accross from the train station!! i also agree with Marie, a big thanks to Thom Thom for making this happen!!!
old miller October 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Correction- Dennis's spot and Dennis's prior rent.
Robert Demarco November 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM
This is an unfortunate situation. Dennis should have been grandfathered into that spot. The other guy paid alot of money to be there, but it is obvious that Dennis is doing a much better business. It really is a shame for both of them. It is good to see loyalty in action.


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