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madison ct food truck

MADISON, CT - After initially bringing up the subject last summer, town officials seem to be getting set to take action on proposed rules by which, if passed, food truck vendors must abide.

The vendors have been a talking point in Madison, and the town is holding a public discussion on a draft of the rules later this month.

The Board of Selectmen first took up the issue last summer because the trucks, which are concentrated on School Street in front of Academy School, have limited regulation under town ordinances.

“The selectmen at the time started looking into rules and regulations to eliminate any problems before they come up,” Town Planner David Anderson said.

While Anderson said a large contingent of residents have been positive about the food trucks, he added that some people are opposed to the area where the vendors operate.

“Some people have felt that they are inappropriate in what is a historical area,” Anderson said.

Though he said some have disagreed with where the vendors are situated, Anderson made clear that the town isn’t trying to run the trucks out of Madison.

“We’re not trying to get rid of the food trucks,” Anderson said. “I think what the selectmen are saying is, ‘We’re OK with what’s going on, provided that there’s some limitations to it.’”

Find the entire article at shorelinetimes.com <here>

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chicago schnitzel king

CHICAGO, IL - Chicago’s regulations of food trucks have achieved their desired effect: protecting restaurants by crushing food trucks.

The Schnitzel King reports on Facebook:

“Happy Monday schnitzelers! First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us through our schnitzel journey. We are sad to say we are closing our doors for now, but that doesn’t mean the Schnitzel King will be off the road forever. With the harsh food truck laws in Chicago, coupled with some kinks at our storefront location, we’ve been forced to close down our schnitzel operations here in Chicago. We are taking our schnitzel to greener pastures so stay tuned for updates in the future!”

Schnitzel King’s owners are remaining party to a lawsuit led by the Institute for Justice, which posts on the matter:

“The city has banned food trucks from doing business within 200 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that serves food. That includes not only restaurants but coffee shops and convenience stores as well.”

Violate that rule, and entrepreneurs can face fines of up to $2,000 — ten times the penalty for parking in front of a fire hydrant. To enforce the 200-foot rule, Chicago is forcing all food truck owners to install a GPS tracking device that reports each truck’s every move. That invasion of privacy shows a shameful lack of respect for Chicagoans’ constitutional rights.

Find the entire article at washingtonexaminer.com <here>

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Comida Food Truck

BOULDER, CO - Boulder is considering a slight relaxation of the rules for food trucks operating in the city as truck operators continue their push for fewer restrictions.

Boulder city staffers are recommending allowing more mobile food trucks — four instead of two — to operate on private property downtown in specific areas.

The change was requested to allow for more diversity in food offerings, potentially increasing business.

The city also is recommending letting food trucks operate in designated city parks again this summer, based on a pilot last year that received positive feedback from operators.

The City Council is scheduled to take an initial vote on food truck rule changes Wednesday night, with a second vote and public hearing likely to follow in May.

Licensed food trucks now can operate in rights-of-way in industrial zones and in business, mixed-use and downtown zones with property owner approval, but they cannot operate within 150 feet of restaurants and residential districts.

The rules on operating times and locations were created three years ago in an effort to strike a balance between the food trucks and brick-and-mortar operations.

Last summer, a pilot program allowed the trucks to set up in popular Boulder parks, and offer late-night business at the Park Central Building’s parking lot, near Arapahoe Avenue and Broadway. Few food trucks took advantage of the late-night option, with operators citing limited foot traffic and not enough lighting for safety.

Find the entire article at dailycamera.com <here>

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food truck robbery knife

STOCKTON, CA – According to the Stockton Record, a food truck vendor was held up at knife point in the vicinity of March Lane and Kentfield Road around 9:50 p.m. Monday.

The unnamed 28-year-old victim had just closed down his food truck at the corner of Kentfield and Gateway Court when three male juveniles showed up brandishing large knives and demanded his money. They fled the scene with cash and some of his property, according to a report.

The victim told police the robbers were all between 16 and 17 years old and of different races.

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Roy Choi Food Truck Quote

“The tortilla was our stage and our canvas. We filled it with our own voice and our own perspective.” – Roy Choi

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honolulu food trucks

HONOLULU, HI - The public will have the chance to give input on rules for city permits allowing food trucks to operate in the Hawaii Capital Special District at a meeting on April 24.

The public meeting, being held by the city departments of Transportation Services and Enterprise Services, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Hearings Room on South King Street next to Honolulu Hale.

The departments are coming up with rules to allow food truck vendors to bid for an as-yet-unspecified number of food truck permits allowing them to park in designated stalls in the district.

Other food trucks would not be allowed in the district during the two-year pilot program which was triggered by the approval of City Council Bill 1.

A second public hearing and comment period will occur after draft rules are produced.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell allowed the bill to become law without his signature, noting that food trucks did not provide input about the idea until after it was passed. Caldwell said the subsequent comments were largely negative.

Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he introduced the bill to make the process more equitable and provide the city with a small stream of income. Food truck vendors themselves suggested the permitting system, and that such a system not allow trucks without permits in the same vicinity.

Find the entire article at staradvertiser.com <here>

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brentwood tn food truck

BRENTWOOD, TN – As Middle Tennessee’s love for food trucks continues to gain traction, many of these restaurants on wheels are pulling into local offices’ parking lots to peddle their cuisines.

But that mobility in sales can sometimes run afoul of municipal ordinances, codes or regulations.

The Nashville Food Truck Association, a collective group of food truck owners and operators, is staying out of Maryland Farms for now after finding out that these mobile kitchens aren’t allowed to do business in some areas there according to Brentwood zoning rules, said NFTA president Dallas Shaw.

“The food trucks will abide by the request of the city and not park in that zone,” he said.

Shaw, who owns Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, was reminded of these regulations in early April, when his truck was in an area of Maryland Farms that didn’t allow retail sales. Shaw said there was some confusion on the food trucks owners’ part about whether they could set up shop if granted permission by the property owner. But zoning rules trump an invitation by the building owner in this instance, said Brentwood City Manager Kirk Bednar.

“Essentially, there are two types of zoning in Maryland Farms. C-1 is office only, which doesn’t allow for retail sales, and C-2, which is office or retail. We don’t go out looking for them. But if we see them, we do enforce (the rules),” said Bednar.

Brentwood has considered whether to change parts of its ordinance after the issue came up with another food truck selling food in the C-1 zone of Maryland Farms in 2012. The city is still looking into the matter. Until then, the city is enforcing the regulations that are on the books.

“Obviously, we understand it’s a growing business model. But we also have to consider the protection of brick and mortar places that are invested in community and pay taxes,” Bednar said.

Find the entire article at the tennessean.com <here>

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Homaro Cantui Food Truck Quote

“Food trucks give creative entrepreneurs the ability to cook with freedom and make what they love.” - Homaro Cantu

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