The Buoy brings a new level of convenience to Lake Cd’A boaters
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Four Coeur d’Alene High School graduates have launched a very unique business venture where all of their customers must arrive by boat.
The converted houseboat with a fully functional kitchen is named The Buoy. It cranks out both hot food and ice cream bars to its customers who never have to leave the cozy confines of their own boat.
Beside the fact that chef Graham Neff whips up his culinary creations on the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, The Buoy is much like any other licensed mobile food operation. Freshness, refrigeration and clean cooking areas are all priorities on board the boat.
“A big hit is our fish tacos. People are loving that, and and if you like something a little more spicy, our buffalo chicken sandwich is also a good one,” said Gared Schneider.
While the food on The Buoy is good, it’s the convenience that really sets it apart.
“We have an easy technique where the customer can text our number and then automatically a menu is sent to their phone and if they like what they see, they can give us a phone call and place their order,” Schneider said.
This means boaters can spend 15 more minutes cruising the lake before they’re told their tacos, burgers and dogs are ready.
“It’s a wonderful thing and they hope to expand so they need boaters to come out and support them,” said boater Patti O’Brien. “Stop by and order some food and we might see more of them down towards Harrison and down to St. Maries.”
The Buoy is open for lunch or a late afternoon snack at the mouth of the Spokane River on Thursday through Sunday.