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johnson city downtown

JOHNSON CITY, TN - Leave it alone. That’s Main Street Pizza Company owner Jamie Dove’s solution to the debate over a food truck ordinance in Johnson City.

Tonight’s City Commission meeting is set to include the second reading of a change in an ordinance, which would exclude food trucks in the rule to keep vendors off of public sidewalks and spaces. Dove said he and several other downtown restaurant owners plan to voice their opposition to Johnson City’s Commission’s proposed ordinance that favors food trucks on public land, saying it would negatively affect their businesses that have helped revitalize Johnson City.

Representatives from Numan’s Bar, Frieberg’s Restaurant, the Korean Taco House, Scratch Brick Oven, Taste Budz and more will be on hand at tonight’s public meeting, Dove said. Shop Local and Stable Convergence’s Ted Bradford will also be there. Both he and Dove say tweaking the ordinance has been done without letting existing businesses know what the consequences might be. Dove said he recently made the downtown rounds to discuss the matter with other owners, while remaining open to the idea that he might be in the wrong.

He found a consensus with the other restaurateurs that Johnson City shouldn’t be giving public spaces to food trucks when it could hurt the other tax-paying owners’ ability to generate revenue.

“I’m not anti-food truck by any means — they’re convenient and generate excitement about downtown, but it’s just not fair,” Dove said. “I don’t understand why they need to be given public property to set up and operate on and poach our customers. They should have to come down there and find private property — and it’s down there and there’s a lot of it — and negotiate a lease or a purchase, just like all the rest of us did.”

Citing the much greater amount of garbage that results from operating his stationary restaurant, as well as all the many regulations not applied to the mobile business, Dove said the city is backing something trendy without thinking about the established businesses it could hurt.

Public parking, for example, Dove said is a hot commodity in the downtown area and shouldn’t be given to the mobile businesses who can pull in, poach customers and then pull out. Those spots should be left available as parking options to patrons of established downtown businesses, he said.

Find the entire article at johnsoncitypress.com <here>

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food truck tune up
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Food truck tune up intervals vary from one vehicle to another. Most older mobile food trucks with non-electronic ignitions should be tuned every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or every year, whichever comes first.

Newer trucks with electronic ignition and fuel injection systems are scheduled to go from 25,000 miles to as many as 100,000 miles without needing a major tune-up.

food truck tune upRefer to your the truck’s owner manual for recommended tune-up intervals, but be aware that even if it says that the vehicle doesn’t require scheduled tune-ups very often, it’s in your best interest to check periodically that your food truck is working at peak efficiency.

Since food trucks typically do a lot of stop-and-go driving to get to their set up locations and pull heavy loads, your ignition system may need to be tuned more often.

Symptoms that tell you that you need a food truck tune up of your electronic ignition system:
  • The truck stalls a lot. The spark plugs may be fouled or worn, the gap between the spark plug electrodes may need adjusting, or an electronic sensing device may need to be adjusted.If you’re having trouble pinpointing why your vehicle is stalling, you can help your automotive technician diagnose the problem by paying attention to whether the engine stalls when it’s hot or cold or when the air conditioner is on.
  • The engine is running roughly when idling or when you accelerate. Chances are the vehicle needs a tune-up.
  • The truck gets harder to start. The problem can be in the starting system (for example, a weak battery), in the fuel system (for example, a weak fuel pump), or in the ignition system, or can be due to a faulty electronic component, such as the electronic control unit (ECU).

Your food truck is the means to deliver your menu to your customers.

If it breaks down due to over use or a lack of preventative maintenance  your business will suffer until you are able to get it back on the road.

Be sure you use these tips to help determine if you should be getting it to the shop for a tune up to help keep it on the street.

Do you have any tips on how to determine if you need a food truck tune up? If so, please feel free to share them in the comment section below, Tweet us or share them on our Facebook page.

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pork fun facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Pork fun facts.

pork fun facts

The Facts: Domestication of pigs took place in China around 7500 BC. China still is the largest producer of pigs.

  • The average American will eat the equivalent of 28 pigs in their lifetime.
  • Pork tenderloin cuts are almost as lean as skinless chicken breasts.
  • December 18th is National Roast Suckling Pig Day.
  • Pork has more protein than chicken and is high in zinc, iron and B-vitamins.
  • At the global level, pork is by far the most widely consumed meat.
  • Pork is the most versatile meat. It can be marinated, roasted, grilled, skewered, dry rubbed, boiled, baked, barbecued, microwaved, pan-fried or stir-fried.
  • During the War of 1812, a packer named Uncle Sam Wilson sent off several hundred barrels of pork for the troops. Each package was labeled ‘U.S.’ and it didn’t take long for ‘Uncle Sam’ to be a household name for the government.
  • Ham is the number one sandwich eaten in U.S. households.
  • In Denmark, there are twice as many pigs as people.

RELATED RECIPE: The Heartstopper Club

Pork Fun Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some pork fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Pork

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restaurant startup 2

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ – CNBC today announced the 20 culinary entrepreneurs who will compete for an investment on Season Two of “Restaurant Startup,” premiering Tuesday, January 13 at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the ten one-hour episodes feature restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurateur Tim Love who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Joining them this season is chef, restaurateur and TV personality, Antonia Lofaso, who will help guide the hungry entrepreneurs as they are put to the ultimate test: opening a restaurant!

This season features exciting new concepts, inventive cooking techniques, and, for the first time, specially themed episodes – including chefs striving to overcome personal setbacks, struggling businesses desperate to change locations, and established restaurants looking to launch a second location, among others.

The hungry entrepreneurs competing in Season Two:

  • 17 Summer – Lodi, NJ
  • Crave Culinaire – Naples, FL
  • Hiatus Urban BBQ – Los Angeles, CA
  • La Cocinita – Chicago & New Orleans
  • Lloyd Taco Truck – Buffalo, NY
  • Lone Wolf Banh Mi – Tulsa, OK
  • Ms. P’s Electric Cock – Austin, TX
  • Nosh & Swig – Las Vegas, NV
  • Over Easy Omaha – Omaha, NE
  • Peculiar Culinary – Pittston, PA
  • Roast – Santa Monica, CA
  • Rice Paper Scissors – San Francisco, CA
  • Rock City Pies – Detroit, MI
  • Rock The Kasbah – Brooklyn, NY
  • Sixpence Pie Company – Southington, CT
  • Smoke Kitchen – Philadelphia, PA
  • The Inventing Room – Edgewater, CO
  • The Rarest – Philadelphia, PA
  • WOW! Food Truck – Atlanta, GA
  • Yeah Dawg! – New York, NY

In the season premiere, Bastianich and Love look to the East for delicious flavors and high profits. First up is Rice Paper Scissors, two young women who impress the high-tech denizens of San Francisco with their low-tech pop-up events featuring traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Next up is Lone Wolf, whose food truck has taken Tulsa by storm with a new American spin on the classic Vietnamese banh mi. Will it be out with the old and in with the new? Or will Joe and Tim stick to the tried and true?

Each week, two teams are invited to pitch their food ideas to our investors. Under high-pressure questioning, each team tries to convince Bastianich and Love that theirs is a concept worth backing. The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and create a business plan; come up with a branding campaign; and, finally, launch their pop-up restaurant. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love’s culinary consultant Antonia Lofaso, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food, and test their concept on the public.

Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding, and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone’s dreams come true – and, hopefully, make big money for themselves.

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flora indiana

FLORA, IN - The Flora Town Council faces an unexpected problem.

“To my knowledge this is the first time anything like this has come to town,” said Flora Town Council President Joshua Ayers.

A food truck run by Mitchell’s Mexican Grill of Delphi has started setting up shop in Flora. While local business owners aren’t opposed to the food truck, they said they are concerned that it doesn’t have to play by the same rules as they do.

“It’s not that they were against it at all,” said Ayers. “I think it hurt them a little bit on their best days.”

Ayers said local Pizza King owners, Tom and Peggy Stigers, voiced their opinions during a Flora Town Council meeting Monday. The business owners were not available for an on-camera interview, but Ayers said they claimed to be losing business due to the food truck. However, he said the food truck owners aren’t breaking any rules.

“At this time, the town of Flora has no ordinances of any kind for mobile food trucks,” Ayers said.

Ayers said although people seem to like the variety, he understands why the food truck is a problem for local businesses.

“Any business owner would be concerned about someone from out of town coming into town and not paying taxes,” said Ayers. “Just basically siphoning off the best part and then leaving.”

The town council is now considering an ordinance to regulate food trucks. Ayers said he and the council are researching food truck ordinances in cities of similar size.

Find the entire article at wlfi.com <here>