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Franco Harris’ son to transform bomb squad truck into wine bar for tailgates

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
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Courtesy of Franco “Dok” Harris
Franco “Dok” Harris purchased this former police bomb squad truck through the airport auction last month. He plans to turn it into a wine bar and use it for tailgating and other events.
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Courtesy of Franco “Dok” Harris
Franco “Dok” Harris purchased this former police bomb squad truck through the airport auction last month. He plans to turn it into a wine bar and use it for tailgating and other events.

This new bar could be, as they say, the bomb.

Franco “Dok” Harris, son of Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Franco Harris, purchased a former police bomb squad truck through the Pittsburgh International Airport auction last month.

His goal is to turn it into a portable wine bar, but just for fun. There are no plans to make it an official business, he said.

“The minute I saw it, I thought, that would be perfect for tailgating,” he said. “When we go to Penn State and Steelers games, we see so many cool vehicles from ambulances to buses at tailgates.”

Harris came up with the wine bar idea, because he’s not a beer drinker. He has an interest in wine and has even passed the wine sommelier test.

The plan is for the truck to be ready by next football season and, possibly, as early as summer for other events. He and his dad own Super Bakery Inc., a company specializing in baked goods with nutritional value.

The younger Harris had seen the vehicle on the auction website of the company that was the airport’s auctioneer.

He was looking for properties but just happened upon the truck.

He put on a maximum bid of $8,500 and watched the auction online.

The truck doesn’t need a lot of repairs, Harris said. He’s waiting for the proper ownership paperwork. It is drivable and is wired and has a breaker box and speakers. It is also air conditioned.

Harris has registered the website Bomb Bar, according to a story on Blueskypit.com. Sales for the entire auction totaled $228,000.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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