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Adriano Ciotoli Food Truck Quote

“By permitting food trucks, you are not only helping create vibrancy in the city, you are helping create jobs in the hospitality industry with minimal investment, supporting entrepreneurs and providing destinations for residents and tourists to flock to.” – Adriano Ciotoli

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COEUR d'ALENE food trucks

COEUR D’ALENE, ID  “If a guy comes and wants to sell hot dogs and asks us what the rules and regulations are, there aren’t any,” says Coeur d’Alene city council member Dan Gookin.

Gookin says it was only after seeing someone selling knives next to a school that he realized the city can do nothing about mobile vendors. There is no ordinance governing them and that is something he’s hoping to change.

“There’s a price of doing business in the city, unless you’re a mobile merchant,” says Gookin.

The city is hosting a public workshop on October 1st to discuss the possibility of an ordinance that would regulate mobile vendors, for reasons Gookin says is simple public safety but also fairness.

“At the end of the season these guys just pull up their stakes and then they’re gone, but the brick and mortar guys are still here, they’re fighting for that business,” says Gookin.

But many mobile food vendors are concerned about what further regulations mean. Heather Riviere who owns a food truck says she is already required to meet the same requirements that a brick and mortar restaurant meets; such as kitchen specifications, a food handlers license, and a license through the Panhandle Health District.

“We always have inspectors coming through making sure we’re up to code,” says Riviere.

Some of the differences between restaurants and food vendors, that Gookin would like to see changed are the extra costs that restaurants take on like water and sewage fees. But Riviere says food vendors take on similar costs when it comes to setting up shop, whether it be through a city permit or private landowner, and that’s where she feels all food vendors will get hit with extra fees.

“I’ll probably have to get a permit for where I am now, and then they can say ‘no we’re not going to give it to you because there’s a restaurant fifty feet away,'” says Riviere.

Find the original article with video at khq.com <here>

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windsor food trucks

WINDSOR, ONTARIO – Ward 4 candidate Adriano Ciotoli is advocating for the easing of restrictions on food trucks within Windsor.

Ciotoli believes food trucks should be permitted within Windsor to not only support the entrepreneurial spirit and create vibrancy within the city, but to also spur economic growth and job creation, all the while creating a revenue stream for the city at virtually no cost.

“Creating jobs is still the top issue residents are discussing on their doorsteps and it is something the other candidates simply haven’t addressed,” Ciotoli said. “My plan to permit food trucks is a simple, cost-effective way for the city to support the entrepreneurial spirit, small business, and create jobs, all while creating a vibrant, modern city and a destination for residents and tourists alike.”

Ciotoli’s plan includes creating pods within the city allowing food truck operators to pay a monthly fee to operate, creating a revenue stream for the city to reinvest in beautifying the parks and areas the trucks are located. The plan would also allow Business Improvement Areas to opt-in or out of permitting food trucks within their district.

As a leader in culinary tourism in Windsor and the province, Ciotoli was happy to see the City of Windsor recently invest over $60,000 to help further the sector in our region. He believes permitting food trucks would help ensure a return on the investment.

Ciotoli hosted a food truck rally this past weekend which attracted over 5,000 people eager to sample from several food trucks, demonstrating the demand residents have for the mobile businesses.

“With more and more cities permitting food trucks, the evidence is building that their addition to the streetscape has actually benefited brick-and-mortar businesses, including restaurants, as a result of higher foot traffic.”

On average, a food truck costs $50,000-$75,000 to start-up versus the $250,000-$500,000 for a restaurant.

Ciotoli currently has an online petition advocating easing restrictions for food trucks on his website.

Find the original article at windsorsquare.ca <here>

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Grilled Cheese Grill Jerry Seinfeld

PORTLAND, OR - Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen were seen together in Portland. Besides drinking coffee they visited some food carts.

Seinfeld’s visit with Armisen was part of an episode of Seinfeld’s show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The two spent some time at The Grilled Cheese Grill. After the cart posted a picture on Facebook, the ever genial Seinfeld gave them a huge shout out.

Grilled Cheese Grill Jerry Seinfeld

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Che Ruddell Tabisola Growth Quote

“Food trucks have provided a great stepping stone to brick-and-mortar, you have assets when you go to the bank. You have Twitter followers. You have Yelp reviews. You’re less of a risk for investors.” – Che Ruddell-Tabisola

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horry county city council

HORRY COUNTY, SC - The great debate over whether to allow food trucks in Horry County will now be left up to Horry County Council.

The Horry County Infrastructure and Regulation Committee met Monday and decided to recommend the one-year pilot program for approval.

“We have been working on this possible program for more than a year, and now it will head to Horry County Council for a first reading on Oct. 7,” said Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for the county.

An ordinance for a year-long pilot program was first drafted by the Horry County Planning Commission early in September.

Fifty permits for food trucks, as well as ice cream trucks, would be issued for the pilot program.

After the first year, the program will be evaluated and any proposed changes to the ordinance would head to county council for its consideration.

The draft ordinance calls for the trucks to be inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and fire officials. The employees would also have to pass background checks, provide a ten-year driving record and the sites of operation for the food truck would need to be approved.

Find the original article at carolinalive.com <here>