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yuma city council

YUMA, AZ - The wheels of government are turning slowly as the city of Yuma seeks to find a happy middle ground to allowing food trucks to operate in the city.

That’s likely an impossible task. Yuma City Council members remained divided after a 1 1/2-hour discussion during Tuesday’s work session and another lengthy discussion at Wednesday’s meeting as they acted section by section on proposed revisions to the draft ordinance prepared by staff in an effort to address everyone’s concerns.

The proposed changes include requiring a minimum of 150 feet between a food vendor and the entrance to a brick-and-mortar restaurant; allowing food vendors to use generators but set the noise level at 55 decibels at a distance of 10 feet; and adding an interim category of food vendor for those who occupy a property as a primary user where an existing building is vacant.

But the one proposed change that drew the most discord would allow primary and interim users to leave their truck on the site, rather than having to remove it every night and set up again the next day.

Councilman Gary Knight took exception to that change, saying it takes away the council’s efforts to have a level playing field between mobile food vendors and brick-and-mortar restaurants.

“I liked the ordinance fine before,” he said. “If we make it a permanent restaurant on wheels, how about landscaping? We’re trying to make it like a restaurant, but it’s not.”

Brant Gordon, managing partner for Julieanna’s Patio Cafe, was the only representative of a brick-and-mortar restaurant to speak to the council. He said that local restaurants that provide hundreds of jobs are struggling with the weak economy while facing rising costs of doing business. He also noted that they were hurt by the opening of several chain restaurants at Yuma Palms Regional Center and the number of fast food restaurants in the community.

“Now there’s the potential food vendor ordinance I feel is unenforceable.”

He was asked by Councilman Edward Thomas if he was in favor of competition. Thomas then went on to reiterate that he believes allowing food vendors in the city would encourage new business and provide consumers with a choice about what and where they want to eat.

Find the entire article at yumasun.com <here>

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tempe food trucks

TEMPE, AZ - The Tempe City Council expressed concern over updating food truck regulations allowing vendors to operate on public streets and public property throughout the city during its meeting on June 30.

Council members discussed the public safety concerns associated with allowing food trucks to operate in downtown Tempe, as well as the impact food trucks could have on local businesses in the area.

“The city wants to establish a new process that would make it easier for food truck vendors to operate on public streets and public property, including city parks, Tempe Public Library and around Tempe City Hall, while maintaining public safety,” according to a statement released by Tempe media spokesperson Amanda Nelson.

Community Services Director Shelley Hearn presented a revised ordinance to the council before hearing the committees’ concerns.

Based on feedback from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Restaurant Association and the downtown Tempe community, the revised ordinance included adjusted business hours and a good neighbor policy for food truck operators throughout Tempe, Hearn said.

“The intent is to bring it [the ordinance] back to COW [the City Council

Committee of the Whole] with the finalized ordinance revisions for food trucks in August,” she added.

Council members addressed the revised ordinance shortly after reviewing the material. Though few residents have expressed public safety concerns about food trucks operating in downtown Tempe, Councilmember Shana Ellis said public safety is an issue that needs to be addressed, noting,

“My concern is that food trucks are a lot wider than regular cars, so if they’re parked sideways they could block the bike lanes. When we have a streetcar going down there, there’s no way for the streetcar to maneuver around something like a food truck,” she said.

She added food trucks should not be allowed on streets like Mill Avenue where they may threaten the safety of bike commuters in the area.

Councilmember Kolby Granville disagreed.

Find the entire article at eastvalleytribune.com <here>

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Grilled Addiction Lance and Beth Smith

After a long hiatus, Mobile Cuisine is resurrecting “5 On Friday.” This week’s 5 on Friday we spoke with the owners of the Cave Creek, AZ based food truck, Grilled Addiction. We wanted to learn more about them, their food and why they’ve decided to join the initiative Fighting Hunger In America – and share it with our readers.

Name: Lance & Beth Smith

Age (range is fine): 54-55

Food Truck Name: Grilled Addiction

Twitter: GrillAddictAZ

Website: http:/grilledaddiction.com    

Location: Cave Creek, AZ  (Phoenix Valley wide)

Year started in the mobile food industry:  2013

Mobile Cuisine: Why did you become a food truck owner/chef?

Lance & Beth: Passion for grilling food. Whether at home grilling for family and friends or at group gatherings and charity events, love pulling people together and what better way than enjoying good food!

MC: What was the inspiration for your menu and how did you settle on your food offerings?

L&B: Just a carnivore at heart!  Love the great taste of grilled meat, cooked to perfection using natural herbs and seasonings!  Brought all my favorite foods together and put them on the menu.

MC: Do you have a favorite moment since opening your food truck?

L&B: Wow!   There are many….our favorite moments are when we are spending time with people (our customers) and just talking and enjoying conversation.  We meet new people everyday from all walks of life and it makes everyday enjoyable! Of course, hearing how great our food is!!

MC: What are your plans for the future?

Expansion…another truck or 2 or 3 :)  Maybe a brick and mortar…too soon to tell, but who would of thought we would be where we are today!  In 2 and 5 years; if we keep heading in the direction we have been (and there are lots of people to thank along the way), we could have several trucks and maybe a brick and mortar…..can’t wait to see!

MC: What one tip or piece of advice do you wish you had been given before opening your food truck?

L&B: ??Bigger sinks??  Always keep it simple.

MC BONUS:  Why did you choose to join the food truck initiative Fighting Hunger In America?  How do you plan to encourage donations?

L&B: We have been blessed with much in our life, thanks to God.  So, we like to give back.  No one should go to bed hungry!

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If you’d like more information about joining the Give Network Food Truck Fights Against Hunger, check out this article. If you join before May 31st, you will be entered in a chance to win a $500 gas card.

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Great Food Truck Race 5

TUCSON, AZ - The Food Network is bringing its popular food-truck-focused show to Tucson.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that several mobile kitchens will be at the Pima Air and Space Museum on Monday to film a segment for the “The Great Food Truck Race.”

Officials say filming begins around 9:15 a.m. and will be open to any guests who pay museum admission.

The trucks will be in front of some of the museum aircraft, including the Air Force One that carried President John F. Kennedy.

However, they will not be serving food.

“The Great Food Truck Race,” hosted by Tyler Florence, is filming its fifth season. The competition show puts several teams through cooking challenges in different cities.

The winner gets $50,000 and a food truck.

At least three of the competing trucks, the Lone Star Chuck Wagon, Let There Be Bacon and Military Moms, have posted to their Twitter and Facebook feeds that they will be selling in Tucson this weekend, although none of them mentioned the show by name or specific locations.

A post featured on the Edhat Santa Barbara website about the competition filming in Southern California, includes shots of the Chuck Wagon, Let There Be Bacon and Military Moms, as well as the food trucks, Beach Cruiser: Fresh California Cuisine, The Middle Feast, The Gourmet Graduates and the Chatty Chicken.

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Phoenix AZ skyline

Coming in at number fifteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Phoenix, AZ.

Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. Who would have thought that almost 135 years later it would be one of the top US cities to start a food truck business?

Phoenix covers more than 519 square miles (larger than Los Angeles) and has a population of more than 1.4 million, ranking it the sixth largest city in the country and the largest capital city in terms of population. What makes Phoenix a fantastic city to operate a food truck in is it’s weather. It has more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 74.2 degrees.

Greater Phoenix has consistently outpaced the U.S. population growth over the last 18 years. Projections show the region is expected to grow by nearly 60 percent by 2030, bringing the population to more than 6 million people.

The primary employment sectors sectors and their share of total employment in the Phoenix metropolitan area consist of service industry (43%); trade (18%); government (14%); construction (5%); financial activities (8%); and manufacturing (6%). Not only is Greater Phoenix a great location to start a mobile food business, it’s a $181 billion marketplace that serves as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurs by providing international access for aerospace, high-technology, advanced business services and sustainable technologies companies.

There is a strong food truck organization that has been in place for a number of years. There were nearly 60 food trucks in the Phoenix Street Food Coalition in 2013.

Find Maricopa County documentation for Starting a Food Truck <here>

Find the entire list of Top US cities to Open a Food Truck  <here>

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gilbert food trucks

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GILBERT, AZ - As food trucks continue to enjoy a surge in popularity in metro Phoenix and across the nation, Gilbert is easing regulations on the mobile vendors while looking to ensure they abide by basic safety standards.

The Gilbert Town Council on Jan. 30 unanimously voted to establish a new mobile vending license for food trucks and other portable businesses after months of study and input from local business owners.

Under the new standards, which become effective Saturday, March 1, food trucks will be released from rules that previously kept them from setting up near parks and schools or using the same location more than one time a week.

The new regulations will address fire safety by requiring trucks without an internal fire-suppression system to maintain a 10-foot buffer zone from any adjacent property line, other truck or combustible material.

Officials began developing the new ordinance after one mobile food vendor in town expressed frustration at confusing direction regarding which permits or licenses were needed to operate legally, Gilbert management intern Justine Bruno said.

Until now, food trucks were able to operate in Gilbert with a special-event permit for those looking to operate once or twice a year at festivals or with a transient merchant license, which officials felt overregulated certain areas while neglecting the need for fire safety.

Gilbert looked to a handful of cities — including Phoenix, Denver, Austin and Raleigh, N.C. — for best practices while drafting the new ordinance, Bruno said.

The town created an external “stakeholders” group that included members of the Small Business Alliance, downtown business owners, Redevelopment Commission members and food-truck owners to receive local input.

Find the entire article at azcentral.com <here>

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