Rutgers Grease Trucks Forced to Relocate
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - With hours to go before Rutgers University’s beloved grease trucks are due to be kicked out of their current location, campus administrators and the food truck owners have reached a deal “in principle” to relocate the vendors to various locations around New Brunswick, school officials said today.
The five iconic food trucks parked in Lot 8 on College Avenue will begin moving out Thursday to make way for construction of an $84 million student apartment complex. Tomorrow morning,the trucks can begin serving their “fat” sandwiches in their new locations, provided they have finalized their paperwork with the university, said Antonio Calcado, Rutgers’ vice president of university facilities and capital planning.
“There are certain requirements they need to give us — for instance, an insurance certificate,” Calcado said. “We have an agreement in principle with all of them … We’re working through those issues.”
Calcado said he expected to meet with several owners late Thursday to complete the relocation deals. Several still had to produce their food vendor licenses and other paperwork.
“Anything holding them up is their doing,” Calcado said.
George Gussis, a New Brunswick attorney representing the truck owners, did not return calls for comment.
Rutgers officials have been negotiating with the truck owners for several weeks to relocate the trucks, which have been in Lot 8 near the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street for nearly two decades. Rutgers offered the trucks a place in the lot in the 1990s after city officials objected to the lines, garbage and noise the vendors were generating parked on city streets near campus.
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