SKOWHEGAN  — Craving a late night slice of pizza?

Well, beginning in early June, a local taxi company will start serving fresh hot slices from a walk-up window at the company office downtown.

Sean Cates, 24, owner of Skow Town Taxi Co., is opening Skow Town Slice Bar in his taxi office on Island Avenue, where slices of regular and specialty pizza will be available Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.

It will be like a concession stand at a commercial business, he said.

“My main target market are the bars,” Cates said, noting his office in the former Electrolux building is within easy walking distance from Skowhegan’s three downtown taverns. “People go out for drinks and once they kick them out of the bars, it’s a place they come over and grab a bite to eat and if they need a ride home, the cabs are right there to bring them home.”

Cates, who started the taxi business with one car in 2011, said he moved his office from his own apartment to its current location in March. His mother and two friends now work with him, answering the phones and making taxi runs.

He added another car in February and bought a small one-slice pizza oven and coolers for the slice bar.

“It’s just pizza slices for now; no entire pizzas. That’s all I can afford.” he said.

There are two other taxi cab companies in Skowhegan: Mac’s Taxi Co. and Mr. J’s.

Cates said he may be able to expand to sandwiches later, but for now it will be large slices for $3 and $3.50 depending on toppings. He said the Slice Bar will offer conventional pepperoni and cheese slices, along with specialty slices including the rodeo burger pizza with barbecue sauce, bacon, cheese and onion rings. He also will offer a crunchy nacho pizza slice with ground beef, cheeses and crumbled tortilla chips on top.

Cates said he always wanted to open a pizza shop of his own. He said he worked at Angelo’s Pizza in Skowhegan while in high school, where he graduated in 2007. He later worked at another pizza shop in Bangor when he was enrolled in business studies at Eastern Maine Community College.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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