Alibi Cookies now serving warm cookies out of a vending machine inside Tamm Avenue Bar in Dogtown
When Alibi Cookies owner-operator Mike Evans started his company about three months ago, he knew he wanted to bring something new to the St. Louis community. His new “cookiebot” located inside Tamm Avenue Bar at 1227 Tamm Ave. in Dogtown is his way of doing so.
The cookiebot is a vending machine filled with an array of flavors – roughly a dozen at a time – such as M&M, s’mores, red velvet, snickerdoodle and even a limited-time pumpkin spice. The concept is simple: Just like any other vending machine, you make a selection, insert your payment and receive your selected product. The product in this case though, is a freshly wrapped cookie.
“I got the idea from a Facebook video I was watching at like 3 o’clock in the morning. In Japan, you can get almost anything you want in vending machines,” he said. “I just think there's nothing else like it. People walk up [to the cookiebot], and they see this giant white machine, and they're like, ‘Holy crap, what is that? Warm cookies?’”
Cookies are freshly made each morning for the cookiebot, which Evans can remotely access to check stock and temperature. “It’s like walking into a bakery and grabbing a cookie – the only difference is ours are warm all the time,” Evans explained, adding the machine keeps them at a balmy 100 to 110 degrees at all times.
Alibi Cookies additionally offers nationwide shipping via its website, with hopes for a brick-and-mortar store to open in the next six months or so, potentially in St. Charles, Dogtown, Washington Avenue or the Grove. There’s also a second cookiebot in the works that he hopes to up in the next couple months, possibly in St. Charles or the Grove.
“I would love to see cookiebots everywhere,” Evans said.
The Tamm Avenue Bar cookiebot is open from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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