I'm fairly certain it was the hair and make-up van for Top Chef. I'm aware this sounds delusional and stalker-esque, but for the sake of argument, here's the evidence:
- When my co-worker and I passed the van, people were getting their hair and make-up done.
- Various film crews were seen in a 3 block radius. One of these crews was using a van that was both distinctive and identical to a van my friend and I saw two weeks ago outside a wine bar in our neighborhood. This wine bar was rumored to be filming for TC, but it seemed particularly far-fetched at the time.
- A "commercial" was filming a block away at one of my favorite coffee shops. We all know what that means.
- There was at least one otherwise empty storefront nearby in which the windows were (within the last day or so) covered with paper. Despite efforts to obscure the contents, stoves and other kitchen equipment were clearly visible.