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Food Truck News

In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Alexandria, South Portland, Little Rock, and Lake Elsinore.

June 6

Alexandria welcomes hundreds for first ‘Food Truck Rodeo’- ALEXANDRIA, VA – At high noon on Friday, wagons circled this parking lot off Seminary Road in Alexandria for a road billed as the area’s first “Food Truck Rodeo.”

Hundreds showed up and lined up, ready to eat up.

“Because you don’t want to eat the same thing evey single day,” says customer Tarah Shah.

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Food trucks soon roll into South Portland – SOUTH PORTLAND, ME — As a small city with a burgeoning reputation as a place for foodies, given the number of restaurants that have opened up in the past year, South Portland is getting set to roll out the welcome wagon for even more great eats.

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June 7

The food truck boom: Now comes the regulation – LITTLE ROCK, AR – Noticed the explosion in food trucks in Little Rock? City Hall certainly has. It has developed new city rules to regulate the burgeoning industry.

Here’s the staff write-up on a proposal to be placed before the City Board this week to regulate “mobile canteen units.”

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June 8

City giving food trucks a look – LAKE ELSINORE, CA – Lake Elsinore would open its streets up to the burgeoning food truck trend if the City Council goes for a proposed ordinance scheduled for its consideration Tuesday.

The draft law, however, has generated a negative response from the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association, which opposes a provision that would prohibit the trucks from setting up shop by restaurants.

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Food Truck News

In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Orlando, Cary, Alexandria, and Cullman.

May 16

Step Aside, New York — Orlando Is America’s Food Truck Capital – ORLANDO, FL – Now that it’s almost summer, food trucks are about to start rolling onto streets across America.

“Food trucks are popular due to their convenience, adaptability, and low barrier of entry,” Ross Resnick, founder of Roaming Hunger, a website that keeps tabs on all things street food, told Business Insider. “Although food trucks do not have the décor that a traditional restaurant might have, food trucks make up for it by offering interesting ways to deliver food to people in concentrated areas.”

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Cary drafts food truck rules; public hearing set for Thursday – CARY, NC – Food trucks could soon set up around town, but Cary leaders want to set some rules first.

Cary doesn’t currently have food truck regulations, so the businesses are considered prohibited.

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May 17

Food trucks encounter suspicion, but will get a trial run in Alexandria for 16 months – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Food trucks will get an 16-month tryout in the parks, parking lots, schools and driveways of Alexandria, the City Council decided Saturday, but they won’t be allowed to sell their delectables from the curbside just yet.

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May 18

Community Flocks to Food Trucks – CULLMAN, AL – Cullman Parks & Recreation has brought us a brand new way to eat lunch. It’s called ‘Eat on the Street’, and it’s the perfect way to get outside on your lunch break. Food trucks have come to serve Cullman and will be here every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cullman Farmer’s Market.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Food truck fans in Alexandria may have access to their favorite meals on wheels, pending action by the City Council. Currently mobile vendors are virtually banned in the area, only allowed to serve customers at construction sites and permitted events. A public hearing on Saturday marks the first move to lift the restrictions.

“The proposal lifts Alexandria’s near-total ban on food trucks and allows them to serve residents and workers on public streets and private property,” says Che Ruddell-Tabisola, executive director of the DMV Food Truck Association, in a release distributed Thursday. “We’re asking City Council to pass the complete proposal without delay.”

The proposed law would give food trucks more freedom to serve customers, both on public streets and private property, but also includes restrictions on serving in certain residential neighborhoods and other zones. Regulation isn’t always easy, as proven by years of back-and-forth policies in the District. Currently trucks must enter a lottery system and receive assigned areas where they can serve.

The hearing will be held at 9:30 on Saturday at the Council Chamber of City Hall.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Alexandria, Indianapolis, Tuscan and San Diego.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFebruary 7

Food Truck Fever – ALEXANDRIA, VA – When an idea for a restaurant transforms from a dream you’ve yammered on about for years into a reality, the soon-to-be-restaurateur needs to make a real real-estate decision. Location is usually the first factor considered. We made ours 10 years ago, before food trucks roamed the earth.

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Food truck business struggles in cold weather – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Old man winter has hit Hoosiers hard this year, and one segment of the business community is really taking it on the chin.

The snow and frigid temps are making it nearly impossible for mobile food businesses to keep on trucking.

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February 8

Don’t call ’em “roach coaches”: Food trucks safe and clean – TUSCAN, AZ – Thinking about passing up that gourmet food truck in the parking lot for the cleaner restaurant down the street? Think again.

Commonly known on the streets of Tucson as “roach coaches,” food trucks are just as sanitary as restaurants, a Star analysis shows.

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February 9

City Council to Consider Food Truck Restrictions – SAN DIEGO, CA – You could be seeing fewer food trucks around San Diego if city council passes new regulations.

On Wednesday, council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee will consider the restrictions.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Alexandria, Washington DC, Colonial Heights and Secaucus.

January 24

City of Alexandria pushes for food trucks – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Attention foodies! Alexandria’s days of being a food truck desert may be numbered. There’s a new push to clear the road for curbside cooking in the city. Right now, food trucks are banned unless parked at construction sites or given special event permits.

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How Twitter accounts are the new food truck – WASHINGTON DC – It takes a brave soul to launch a restaurant as a majority fail within a few years. A less risky approach for the aspiring food entrepreneur is to open a food truck. The financial commitment is significantly smaller. If the food truck proves itself and builds a following, those customers are likely to follow it to an eventual restaurant, boosting its chances of success there.

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January 25

No food trucks for Colonial Heights – COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA – It’s becoming trendy to get lunch and even sometimes – depending on where in the country you live – dinner from a truck. But, residents of Colonial Heights won’t have much opportunity to do that in the near future.

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January 26

The Food Truck Super Bowl – SECAUCUS, NJ – For three days prior to this Sunday’s first NJ Super Bowl, 30 of the area’s best food trucks will hold their own Super gathering in Secaucus’ Buchmuller Park, just a few miles from MetLife Stadium. The Winter Blastwill show that “food trucks have come of age,” says organizer Jon Hepner.

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DMVFTA_LOGOALEXANDRIA, VA – Now that the fight over D.C.’s food truck regulations is over, the DMV Food Truck Association has its eye on reform of Alexandria’s mobile vending scene, which is currently nonexistent. Food trucks are banned in Alexandria, except for construction sites and permitted special events.

Today, the food truck association launches its “Alexandria Hearts Food Trucks Campaign” with a website that aims to dispel myths about food trucks and rally supporters to contact city council members.  In the coming months, the organization will also host a “Food Trucks 101″ panel, open to the public, in the hopes of getting its message out.

Alexandria is the most restrictive place for food trucks in the greater Washington area, says DMVFTA Political Director Che Ruddell-Tabisola, who’s also a co-owner of BBQ Bus.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Members of the city council want planning and zoning staff to cook up a plan for food trucks to legally serve their culinary creations in Alexandria.

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DC Slices Food Truck (credit alextimes.com)

The food truck craze, which has taken nearby Arlington and Washington by storm in recent years, stops short at Alexandria’s city limits. Long-standing ordinances regulating commercial activity bar the mobile food stands from serving hungry diners, though they didn’t dissuade a pair of food trucks from making an illegal stop in north Old Town earlier this year.

While Old Town isn’t necessarily ideal for the wheeled eateries, City Councilman Krupicka sees fertile ground in the Eisenhower valley, particularly within the Carlyle neighborhood where there U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers thousands of potential customers. He did not rule out Del Ray or Arlandria as potential food truck havens, but said further study is needed.

“Carlyle and the Eisenhower valley don’t have the [most diverse] of choices for the many employees and people who work and live there every day,” he said. “It adds to that attractiveness of Carlyle as a place to open a business … Given that we care a lot about office vacancy, it helps to have exciting food options nearby.”

A self-described fan of food trucks, Krupicka said he wanted to give planning staff a chance to unveil a pilot food vendor program in Market Square before calling for an end to the city’s mobile eatery prohibition.

Krupicka, joined by fellow Councilman Paul Smedberg, voiced his support for food trucks during an early December city council meeting in which members tentatively extended the pilot food cart program at Market Square for a second year.

The program, launched earlier this year, was heralded as a way to enliven Market Square. It was seen also as Alexandria’s answer to the food truck craze, Krupicak said.

“The mistake we made, which was something we had concerns about from the beginning, was not opening [the program] up to restaurants anywhere, and restricting it to the Old Town restaurants really hurt the opportunity for it to work,” he said. “Not every business owner has the opportunity to start something new.”

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