Food Trucks Ready to Sprout in Oakland

Food Trucks Ready to Sprout in Oakland

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OAKLAND, CA - Food truck operators are hoping to set up shop as soon as March now that Oakland is poised to hop aboard the mobile food bandwagon.

Karen Hester, who started the weekly Bites Off Broadway food truck event last summer, wrote earlier this month that she plans to resume it this spring and begin a second weekly food truck market Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Snow Park.

Zak Silverman, who owns Doc’s of the Bay food truck, said he is eager to operate a daytime grouping of food carts at Snow Park and a second pod somewhere in North Oakland.

“We’re going to apply for two pods on the first date they’re available,” Silverman said.

The City Council on Tuesday night is expected to give final approval to a pilot program that would open North and West Oakland, as well as the hills and the area around Lake Merritt to mobile food truck events.

Organizers will be able to request city permits to hold regular gatherings with three or more trucks in locations that are more than 100 feet from a school, park or restaurant.

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