Nautical Mobile Food Vendor in D.C. Serves Snacks on Water

Nautical Mobile Food Vendor in D.C. Serves Snacks on Water

Swimmers and paddlers can now refuel in the middle of the Potomac

Ross Brooks
  • 4 august 2014

Food trucks cater to those in search of a quick bite to eat on land, but what about those on the water? Look no further than Nauti Foods, a new “food boat” that has started selling snacks and soda on the Potomac River in Washington D.C.. Only recently launched, the boat offers appealing treats like New York-style bagels, vegan cookies, and gelato. Keep reading to see how the owners got the idea, and what it took to get the boat out on the river.

Nauti Foods is co-owned by Ari Fingeroth, who runs a small home-remodeling company, and Tammar Berger, a consultant with the World Bank and co-owner of Off Road Indoor Cycling. The idea came to Fingeroth and his friends while they were grilling hamburgers and hot dogs on their ski boat, at which point paddle boaters and kayakers would start to turn their heads and edge a little closer. “That’s when I got the idea — I thought, I bet these people would really like something to eat right about now,” he tells NBC Washington.


The couple had to go through numerous government bodies before they could get the green light for the project. “Pretty much everyone I talked to started at ‘no’ or ‘hell no,’” Fingeroth says to the Washington City Paper. “We just kind of chipped away at all the different levels of bureaucracy…Once they actually realized that I was serious, they really came around and were super-helpful giving me guidance on who I needed to talk to and who was next in the process.”


Nauti Foods has got to the point where they are allowed to sell boat-to-boat in the middle of the river, just so long as they aren’t anchored at the docks. They take cash and credit cards, and have had a steady stream of customers in the first few weeks since their launch. With only a month or two of summer left, the pair want to get a better feel of the landscape – especially as they may have to deal with some competition next year. They’re also looking to partner with existing food trucks and restaurants so they can offer their customers even more selection.

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[h/t] Washington City Paper

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