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evansville indiana

EVANSVILLE, IN - Food trucks are now in Owensboro, and starting next week, they’ll be in downtown Evansville temporarily. It’s part of a two-month trial program that could lead to the city allowing these diners on wheels in some parts of Evansville.

“People love to eat outside,” says Joshua Armstrong, the Downtown Alliance Director for the SW Indiana Chamber.

Everyday we get hungry and, sometimes, we’re hungry for change.

“There’s quite a few options, but after you work here for a few months, it starts to, kind of, be the same places over and over,” says Michael Schade of Evansville. City officials want to introduce another option to downtown’s dining menu: food trucks, starting a test block on 3rd Street four hours a day for two months.

“I think it gives some diversity,” says Rebecca Russell, who lives in Dana Point, California. “It allows people to try out different foods that they wouldn’t necessarily try out that’s available. I think for the people that own the food truck, they have menus they can tweak, depending on the clientele.” Armstrong says they started the program to get city code changed to allow food trucks. Currently, city law prohibits them from parking on public streets.

“When you apply for your permit through the county, you’re given a list of regulations and one of them is you have to park on private property with permission of the property owner or the tenant,” he explains. “So, within that, that automatically excludes all city streets.”

Armstrong adds the site will also bring in contractors working on downtown projects in the future, and get Evansville hungry for more.

“It would be kind of a cool experience just to get to walk up and, you know, maybe get to meet someone new, get some good food,” Schade adds.

City officials say if the program works, an ordinance allowing food trucks to operate on city streets could be introduced after the test program ends.

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detroit food trucks

EAST LANSING, MI - As the outdoor growing season comes to a close and seasonal farmer’s market customers look for a venue to find locally prepared food in an outdoor community setting, they may have to look no further than Twitter. Food trucks are on the rise in Michigan, which echoes a nationwide trend of these small, mobile food businesses increasing in number. Since these businesses may change locations many times per day, food truck owners will often update their whereabouts via Twitter, Facebook or their website. Check out some food trucks local to southeast Michigan at these handles: @elGuapoGrill, @MarksCartsA2 and@TravelBurger. Despite our state’s potentially extreme winter weather, many food trucks stay open year round and appreciate support through our colder months.

Food trucks may not seem like a large piece of our food economy, but according to a recent report, food trucks currently bring in $650 million every year, nationwide. This amount is expected to increase, so much so that food truck revenue is projected to account for $2.7 billion over the next five years. Despite this growth, the food truck business has some unique challenges.

In southeast Michigan, one community action project is working to improve the licensing procedures and policy related to running a mobile food business in the city of Detroit. This project comes out of FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing resources, support and a strong network of small food businesses in the region. In addition, FoodLab offers a food truck licensing guide as a resource for new mobile business owners. This resource would be useful to anyone in Michigan, and particularly helpful for those located in the southeast region. The MSU Product Center also offers services to address issues surrounding regulations and licenses, as well as assistance with concept definition, business planning, business development, marketing, branding and market research.

In Michigan, food trucks are gaining traction through a variety of means. A popular way to highlight these businesses are community sponsored food truck rallies, which are often hosted in conjunction with other community events. These gatherings host multiple trucks and usually feature various types of cuisine. Some farmers markets will also host one or more food trucks in conjunction with market day. If you have not had the chance to experience a food truck rally, there may be one in your area organized for the late fall. The Oct. 30 rally at Detroit Eastern Market is one example.

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Tara Food Truck Quote

“Coming face to face with our customers and seeing them smile when they get our food is worth every minute to us. We love feeding people,” – Tara Love

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AUSTIN, TX - Police have charged a teenager and a man accused of burglarizing three food trailers at the Barton Springs Picnic food court in June.

According to an arrest affidavit, in the early morning hours of June 14, 17-year-old Yale Gerstein cut open padlocks at the Ms. P’s Electric Cock Fried Chicken, The Seedling Truck and Hey!…You Gonna Eat or What? food trailers with bolt cutters.

The affidavit says $1,000 was stolen from the Ms. P’s truck, but the other businesses reported nothing was taken.

Surveillance camera images captured two different people the night of the burglary, according to police. On July 3, police arrested Gerstein for theft in the Zilker Park area, and 24-year-old Lonnie Whitaker was also detained.

Gerstein told police that Whitaker burglarized a smoke shop and two food trailers on Barton Springs Road. Gerstein also told police he didn’t participate in the crime, but watched from across the street. Later, Whitaker told police that Gerstein and a third person were involved. He identified himself and Gerstein in the surveillance photos.

Whitaker and Gerstein are charged with burglary of a building.

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Bangor Pickering Square

BANGOR, ME - With city officials starting to think about a major overhaul of Pickering Square, the idea of allowing a food truck to move into the downtown landmark area has been put on the back burner.

During a Tuesday night meeting with the city’s Business and Economic Development Committee, Tanya Emery, Bangor’s director of community and economic development, recommended that the city delay permitting a food truck in Pickering Square until a major renovation of the public space is planned and completed.

“At the end of the day, we feel it’s best to hold off on changing the use of Pickering Square for now,” Emery said.

Last month, a vendor reached out to the city, expressing interest in setting up shopyear-round in a truck in the square. The city has not said who the vendor is. The committee asked city staff to sit down and craft policies mirroring those it placed on the Bangor Waterfront in a parking lot two food truck vendors call home.

City staff talked it over and decided now is not a good time to establish a new enterprise in Pickering Square. The committee agreed.

The vendor, and any other vendors who might want to set up a food truck in town, could be redirected to one of the other spaces in which the city permits food trucks, including the Bangor Waterfront or the Kmart, Emery added.

The owners of Cielos and Schnitzel’s, two seasonal food trucks that set up in the Kmart lot, announced earlier this month that they were moving their businesses to California so they can have a longer operational season and won’t lose months of revenue to winter weather.

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traverse city food truck fleet

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - 2014 was a banner year for Traverse City food trucks. Now, with the winter season approaching, vendors are exploring options for the long off-season – from putting trucks into storage to focusing on brick-and-mortar restaurants to serving up fare in a new indoor pop-up space planned for downtown TC.

At The Little Fleet on East Front Street, eight full-time food trucks that occupied the bar’s parking lot this summer will vacate the property by the end of this week. Owner Gary Jonas says that while his original vision was to keep the trucks open during winter months, attempts to do so last season “made it clear it wasn’t going to work.”

“By December, the trucks’ pipes were all frozen,” Jonas says. “Then, when the trucks were closed (but still in the lot), people were confused. They kept asking when they would open. So this year it’s a hard out for the trucks, and we’ll use the lot for customers coming to the bar.”

Several vendors plan to put their trucks in storage for the winter, according to Jonas, with most expected to return next spring to either The Little Fleet or other Traverse City locations. (Jonas plans to rotate the lot’s lineup on an annual basis to “keep things fresh.”)

Other area vendors say they plan to brave the cold for special occasions: Roaming Harvest’s Simon Joseph will be “sneaking around for some of the (local) winter events,” while Sombrero Verde’s Spencer Boyles says his Latin cuisine may appear “at occasional events or catering jobs” throughout the winter before he reopens full time in the spring outside InsideOut Gallery.

It’s a plan that also suits toy and t-shirt vendor Beau Warren of TNT Truck. “I’m definitely going to try and get to some events this winter,” he says. “There’s a lot less competition (during the off-season).” On quieter days, Warren has another use in mind for the vehicle: “We’re going to use it for (merchandise) storage, because there’s so much space in there,” he laughs.

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aurora food truck
Imag credit: Seth McConnell, Your Hub

AURORA, CO - Ami Crowe and her family sat at a bistro table on the sidewalk outside the Aurora Municipal building with sandwiches and pot stickers purchased from food trucks lined up in the parking lot. They were joined by hundreds of people.

“We were just driving by, and I saw the trucks and I recognized some of them from (around town),” Crowe, 38, said. “It’s perfect — close to our house and close to the library for (my daughter). It’s a great idea.”

Until last month, food trucks registered in Aurora were not allowed on city property or within 1,500 feet of one another. That left many mobile restaurants isolated in shopping center parking lots or constantly roaming.

The outdated policy even outlawed all dessert trucks until a new ordinance — to be tested as a pilot program — as internally suggested to city council in June.

Tod Kuntzelman, the city’s permit center manager, said revisiting the ordinance could offer more eating options to city workers and residents alike.

Likewise, Gary Sandel, Aurora development project manager, said loosening restrictions on food trucks could be an economic boost.

“It is our hope that the pilot program will serve to attract additional foot traffic to our commercial districts,” Sandal said. “(They may) provide convenient food choices for visitors to places such as the Aurora Fox Arts Center and brewery tap rooms that do not serve their own food.”

The yearlong program began in September and allows food trucks to come out of the parking lots and congregate with one another for mobile food hubs in different areas around the city. After a couple months of debate with local restaurant owners, the program was approved by council.

Discussion over the pilot program began when local restaurant owners heard that city staff proposed setbacks of 100 feet from businesses and residential property lines. Many thought that was too close to their stores, and competition would disrupt business.

Sonia Riggs, chief operating officer of the Colorado Restaurant Association addressed city council multiple times, urging for setback to be increased to 300 feet from restaurants.

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food truck wordpress themes

Are you still struggling to get your food truck website online? Last year a group of website designers created a very helpful theme for food truck vendors to use to create a fully functional website using the WordPress as the backbone of the project.

We just found out that these developers have added some additional functionality to this theme which now allows food truck vendors to set up their own online store, inside their website.

WooCommerce (the same plugin that we use for the Mobile Cuisine Store) allows a website owner to set up a shop and sell items such as branded merchandise or even your own food products.

This theme comes with 10 standard layouts that can be customized to match your food truck’s branding. It’s also responsive, which allows you to create a website that is designed to be easily read and navigated through, no matter what type of devise the user happens to be using.

There is also a built in mapping system which allows you to pin point your truck’s current location no matter where your truck is parked, and provides prospective customers with the best route to find your truck.

List of additional features of this Food Truck WordPress Theme:
  • Create as many menus as you want
  • Quickly manage your events
  • Unlimited layout possibilities
  • Onepager and Multipage options
  • SEO optimized
  • Custom shortcodes
  • 10 custom widgets
  • Multilanguage support (WPML)
  • Unlimited sidebars
  • Retina ready
  • Font awesome icons
  • Automatic Theme Updates
  • 8 blog post formats
  • 600+ google fonts

So what are you waiting for? Get over to Themeforest today and check out the demo for this awesome food truck wordpress theme.

Have you purchased this theme for your food truck website? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this theme, and how you’ve customized it. Are you running into problems with it? We’d like to hear about your problems too. Please share your thoughts on this food truck wordpress theme in the comment section below, Tweet us or share them with us on our Facebook page.

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hillbilly food trailer

ERWIN, TN — Lewis Carsten admits business was initially a little sporadic at the eatery he and his wife, Pat, opened in Erwin a little more than four months ago.

But Carsten said the reputation of Hillbilly Butts and Brisket BBQ has spread, and he is now having difficulty keeping up with the demand for the smoked chicken, Boston butts, beef brisket and baby back ribs he prepares from the mobile food cart.

“Most days we sell out,” he said. “Here in the last month or so, we pretty much sell out every day.”

However, Carsten said he now as a bigger problem than having enough food to satiate the hunger of his expanding clientele. Last week, Carsten and his wife received a letter from the town of Erwin notifying them their mobile food unit does not comply with the town’s zoning regulations.

According to the letter from Erwin Code Enforcement Official Michael Borders, which Carsten said he received this past Thursday, the mobile foot unit is not “expressly permitted” in the town’s B-2 arterial business district.

The letter states those in violation of this zoning ordinance could face fines of not less than $2 and no more than $50 for each day the violation continues. The letter also states in any case in which a building or structure is erected, constructed, reconstructed, repaired, converted or maintained in violation of the ordinance, the “building inspector or any other appropriate authority or any adjacent neighboring property owner who would be damaged by such violation, in addition to other remedies may institute injunction, mandamus or other appropriate action in proceeding to prevent the occupancy of such building.”

In the letter, Carsten was given 30 days from its issuance to comply with the town’s zoning regulations.

Carsten said the letter came as a surprise to him, as he and his wife had done their due diligence before opening the stand. Carsten, who has been barbecuing for around 50 years, said after he and Pat decided to purchase and renovate the food cart, the Lamar community residents acquired licenses and permits from Washington County. After opting to set up shop in Erwin, the couple checked with officials in the Unicoi County Courthouse and Erwin Town Hall and were advised these permits and licenses would be honored in Unicoi County, Carsten said.

“We went to everybody,” Carsten said. “We crossed our t’s. We dotted our i’s.”

The Hillbilly Butts and Brisket BBQ food stand opened for business on June 9, locating in front of a vacant building on North Main Avenue.

Borders said Monday that the town’s zoning ordinance, which has been on the books since 1971, does not specifically state that mobile food units are permissible within the zoning district in which Hillbilly Butts and Brisket BBQ is located.

Per the town’s zoning ordinance, businesses and facilities permitted within the B-2 business district include hotels and motels, auto and mobile home sales, restaurants, offices, funeral homes, lodges and clubs, places of amusement and assembly, and public and semi-public buildings and uses.

“There’s lots of different uses that can fall under there but, unfortunately, a mobile food unit we cannot see fitting under any of these permitted uses,” Borders said.

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