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BOULDER, CO – Boulder could explore some limited opportunities for late-night food truck service downtown this fall.

Food truck owners have for years sought the opportunity to serve the post-bar crowd on its way from downtown back to University Hill, but Boulder’s regulations on food truck service don’t allow the trucks within 150 feet of a residential area, within 150 feet of an existing restaurant or after 9 p.m.

Those ordinances are designed to protect neighbors from noise and crowds and “brick-and-mortar” restaurants from competition with much lower overhead.

However, many food truck owners say they end up traveling to Louisville, to Erie, to Broomfield and even to Denver to make ends meet.

An ordinance that received unanimous approval from the Boulder City Council on Tuesday night does not address that desire for late-night service. It only expands the number of food trucks that can locate on private property from two to four.

However, some City Council members said they were open to ideas from operators and want the city to try more pilot programs this fall.

A previous experiment in late-night service in the parking lot of the Park Central building, near the northwest corner of Broadway and Arapahoe Avenue, ended with food trucks seeing little business.

Trucks also saw limited traffic in city parks.

Molly Winter, director of the Parking Services and Downtown and University Hill Management Division, said food trucks tend to see a lot more customers at events where something else is going on, whether bands or movies, and the city will look for opportunities to include food trucks in city events.

The city is also going to try the Park Central program again this summer with better lighting.

But Thomas Warnke, owner of The Wheel and Whisk food truck, suggested finding a few spots in the downtown area, such as outside the Walrus Saloon, where food trucks could apply for a permit to take up three or four parking spaces and operate once or twice a week after most restaurants are closed.

Adrian Julian of the Top of the Hill Grill West said food trucks aren’t trying to compete directly with brick-and-mortar restaurants.

“They’ve already decided it’s not worth their time to keep their kitchens open after 10 or 10:30,” he said. “We need to create a city-sanctioned location that is in front of the late-night crowd.”

Find the entire article at dailycamera.com <here>

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BOULDER, CO – Boulder is considering a slight relaxation of the rules for food trucks operating in the city as truck operators continue their push for fewer restrictions.

Boulder city staffers are recommending allowing more mobile food trucks — four instead of two — to operate on private property downtown in specific areas.

The change was requested to allow for more diversity in food offerings, potentially increasing business.

The city also is recommending letting food trucks operate in designated city parks again this summer, based on a pilot last year that received positive feedback from operators.

The City Council is scheduled to take an initial vote on food truck rule changes Wednesday night, with a second vote and public hearing likely to follow in May.

Licensed food trucks now can operate in rights-of-way in industrial zones and in business, mixed-use and downtown zones with property owner approval, but they cannot operate within 150 feet of restaurants and residential districts.

The rules on operating times and locations were created three years ago in an effort to strike a balance between the food trucks and brick-and-mortar operations.

Last summer, a pilot program allowed the trucks to set up in popular Boulder parks, and offer late-night business at the Park Central Building’s parking lot, near Arapahoe Avenue and Broadway. Few food trucks took advantage of the late-night option, with operators citing limited foot traffic and not enough lighting for safety.

Find the entire article at dailycamera.com <here>

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Food truck pilot programs are hitting bumps in the road across the U.S., most recently in the cities of Columbus and Boulder.

Some blame a lack of communication between city officials and stakeholders for causing the programs to stall out; while others say the programs are a good start — but have a long road ahead. Meanwhile, some cities are considering whether to add more regulatory-tape for the mobile kitchens, as brick-and-mortar restaurant owners complain about their upstart competitors.

Columbus Delays Pilot Program
In Columbus, Ohio, the city council has delayed the launch of the food truck pilot program, as food truck owners and city council members continue to discuss rules and regulations for participants.

Brian Reed, the owner of the Mojo TaGo food truck and the president of the Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA), says the pilot originally was set to launch June 1. The program would allow participants to park in 18 metered spaces and an undisclosed number of unmetered spaces in the city.

In addition to possessing the correct licenses and undergoing fire and health inspections, food trucks participating in the Columbus pilot program need to be shorter than 25-feet long to help with line of sight – which many food truck owners say prohibits participation. Reed says 40% of COFTA members own trucks longer than 25 feet.

Rosa Huff, the owner of the Swoop! food truck in Columbus, calls the length restriction “frustrating” and “very restrictive.” Her truck does not qualify for participation in the program. Huff says she feels the recommendations put forward by the COFTA were ignored, but Reed is hopeful ongoing discussions with the city will result in a more inclusive program.

However, only 11 food truck owners showed up two weeks ago for the inspections necessary for participation. Explaining poor attendance, Reed says the city didn’t give food trucks enough notice and didn’t take into consideration their schedule.

“The intentions were good, but timing was an issue … this is our busy time,” says Reed, who notes many food trucks had lucrative catering gigs booked for the Saturday inspection window.

While some estimates by the city place the number of food trucks in Columbus at 150, Reed believes there are only 50 or so mobile food trucks.

“Consumers want us, and that helps us more than anything,” says Tatoheads food truck owner Daniel McCarthy.

Boulder Program Off to a Rocky Start
In Coloroado, communication issues have also affected Boulder’s pilot program, which launched June 1.

The program allows food trucks to set up in specific locations in neighborhood parks. There are also some late-night parking spots for participants in the downtown area, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through the end of September.

But on the day of the program’s launch, no food trucks showed up at the park, says John Michael Sethney, the owner of Verde and Cheese Louise, two food trucks operating in Boulder.

Find the entire article by Gabrielle Karol at FOX News Business <here>

Boulder food truck park planBOULDER, CO – Boulder’s mobile food truck and food cart summer program kicks off Saturday in designated city parks and city-owned parking lots, including late-night weekend service near downtown.

The program is a pilot that could lead to ongoing food truck service in Boulder’s parks.

A lottery system will be used to assign locations to licensed and permitted food vehicles and food carts for late night and Sunday “podding” opportunities.

Food trucks and carts may be located at Tom Watson Park, Foothills Community Park, North Boulder Park, Harlow Platts Park and East Boulder Community Park any day of the week from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

They also will be at the municipal campus parking lot, west of Broadway and south of Canyon Boulevard, on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

That program will start Saturday and run through Aug. 25.

Find the entire article by Erica Meltzer at the dailycamera.com <here>

BOULDER, CO – Food trucks might be getting more room to roam in Boulder.

The city of Boulder is considering a summer pilot program that would allow licensed food trucks not only to operate at some city parks but also to offer late-night business in downtown Boulder.

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Under the Mobile Food Vehicle Pilot Program for Parks, food trucks would be allowed to operate periodically at six Boulder parks — Tom Watson Park, Foothills Community Park, North Boulder Park, Harlow Platts Community Park, East Boulder Community Park and the city’s downtown Municipal Campus — from June 2 through Aug. 25.

The permitted number of food trucks and times of operation vary by location.

Additionally, officials for Boulder’s Downtown & University Hill Management Division and Parking Services are hashing out a summertime pilot program for late-night service. Under the proposed program, a couple of mobile food vendors could operate at the Park Central parking lot, near Arapahoe Avenue and Broadway, and serve from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The city also is conducting an online survey to obtain feedback about the program, which would require a go-ahead from the Boulder City Council. The council is expected to consider the mobile vending pilot programs next month.

“We established some basic food truck policies a couple years ago,” said Suzanne Jones, a Boulder City Council member. “Now it’s time to take a look at those and tweak them, and also see if we can at least respond to additional desires on the part of the food truck community to see if we can’t expand upon what has worked well so far.”

If the pilot programs are approved, city officials will evaluate their effects.

Find the entire article by Alicia Wallace at The Daily Camera <here>

BOULDER, CO – A CU freshman is in the intensive care unit at a Boulder hospital. A Boulder entrepreneur feels connected to him because of an accident he said “freaked him out.”

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J.C. Slager walked out of Boulder Community Hospital Thursday. He just visited someone who was a stranger 24 hours before.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about what could have changed in his life in that moment,” Slager remarked.

The circumstances that connect them: neither could have made up if they tried.

Slager is the owner of the Cheese Louise Lunch Truck. He has a loyal following of lunch customers around the Boulder campus. On Wednesday, he was serving a long line of people when a driver hit the truck.

“All the sudden the truck shakes like an earth quake, and I get thrown to the front,” Slager said.

If the driver had hit it much harder it could have tipped over.

“It would have tipped onto 15 people standing on the other side,” he said.

Slager got up to look out the window. He says he saw a green SUV speed past.

“It hit a student who was sitting at the table eating his sandwich,” Slager said.

A pole and bike rack finally stopped the SUV. A CU freshman, Eric Anderson, was tangled in it all. He was badly hurt.

Slager ran to him and talked to him until paramedics arrived. Then he went to the driver.

“I asked her to turn off her car,” he said. “She seemed stunned and out of it.”

Boulder Police say the driver, 73-year-old Brenda Geers, failed a road side sobriety test outside the church where she was going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

Find the entire article with video at 9news.com <here>


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 weekend from NYC, Royal Oak, Chapel Hills, Palm Springs, Boulder and Melbourne Australia.

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Feb 3

A Food Truck Congregation for the World Financial Center – New York City, NY – And now, the food-truck court at ground zero.

On Monday, food trucks will congregate for the first time on North End Avenue by the Hudson River to the west of 4 World Financial Center, following three months of negotiations with the Battery Park City Authority and Brookfield Office Properties, owner of the center.

“We are really excited to find a safe place to vend where we can contribute to the local community,” said David Weber, president of the New York City Food Truck Association. The group will have the responsibility of coordinating a rotating roster of 21 trucks at the site — to be called the World Financial Center Food Truck Court — from Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Truck Stops Here: Mobile Food Vendors Come to Farmers Market – Royal Oak, MI – Mobile food vendors will growl into the Royal Oak Farmers Market next week, where as many as six 26-foot bumper-to-bumper trucks can fit comfortably inside the confines of the market according to market manager Shelly Mazur.

The event, “Street Eats Wednesday,” is sponsored by the newly formed Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association. So far, organizers have lined up five trucks, a food cart and a popular local band, the Reefermen.

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Feb 4

Chapel Hill fees may stall food trucks – Chapel Hill, NC – Food trucks will soon be allowed in Chapel Hill, but many vendors say the costs will keep them away.

The Town Council unanimously passed new regulations for food trucks and trailers this week that restrict the vehicles to private property and include several permits – the most expensive in the Triangle.

Vendors will have to pay a $600 annual fee, get a $118 zoning permit and a $50 privilege license. The property owner that hosts the truck will have to get a $118 permit.

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Food Truck Fest plies the Coachella Valley with mobile goodies – Palm Springs, CA – Nearly 10,000 people gathered for a one-day food binge to experience a food-nomenon that has taken over the country.

“I’m blown away,” said Stephen Domingue, owner of Ragin Cajun, a Louisiana-style food truck that rolled in from Los Angeles. “I can’t believe the crowd we’ve got here.”

The first Palm Springs Food Truck Festival at the Spa Resort Casino attracted foodies from all over the Coachella Valley and beyond with nearly 70 food trucks that served up everything from rattlesnake hot dogs, dirty spaghetti tacos and tornado potatoes.

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Feb 5

Meals on wheels: Boulder’s food trucks navigate new rules, more competition – Boulder, CO – A year ago, the food truck scene that continues to gain steam in markets across the United States was just budding in Boulder.

As a couple food wagons roamed around the city in search of places to sell their street fare, Boulder officials developed the first-ever regulations for the new sector.

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Food van debate set for Yarra Council meeting – Melbourne, Australia – Council will consider guidelines for the operation of mobile food vans in the municipality at tomorrow night’s council meeting.

The motion, deferred from a council meeting in December, recommends vans be allowed to operate provided they are at least 200m from the nearest takeaway food business.

Find the entire article <here>



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 weekend from Washington DC, Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Paul, Sydney and Boulder.

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Jan 20

D.C. to propose zones for food trucks – Washington DC – Searching for a compromise in the bitter divide between brick-and-mortar restaurants and food trucks, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs on Friday will propose creating “vending development zones” that would allow neighborhoods to decide how many mobile and sidewalk vendors to allow in their area.

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Naan Stop Food Truck to Open Restaurant… in Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – The latest Los Angeles food truck to open a brick-and-mortar location is Naan Stop (@naanstop), but they’re doing it in Atlanta. Why? Because Georgia needs samosas and masala fries. In fact, it’s sort of a return to their roots for Neal and Samir Idnani, who own and run the truck.

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Hotdog food truck combines unique toppings, creates loyal following – Phoenix, AZ – Mango chutney, pinto beans and cilantro are a far cry from the traditional ketchup, mustard and relish that top most hotdogs. But Short Leash isn’t your traditional hotdog cart.

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Jan 21

St. Paul Winter Carnival adds food trucks, loses snow sculptures – St. Paul, MN – The Coolest Celebration on Earth returns for its 126th year, turning downtown St. Paul into the play place of the Winter Carnival royal family and resident revelers.

What’s new in 2012? Just a couple of things, including more food and booze in Rice Park and some cold-weather yoga. But the big changes are in schedules and locations for a few key events, like the royal coronation and the route of the Grande Day Parade.

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Jan 22

Sydney’s first food trucks announced – Sydney, Australia – The City of Sydney has announced the 10 mobile eateries that will take part in this year’s food truck pilot program, having received more than 30 applications from hopeful operators.

The group was chosen by a panel of food experts and after a selection process that included checking that the proposed food truck complied with health and waste management codes and a cook-off challenge where contenders had an hour to cook meals from their truck menu, which were then judged on the taste, their overall concept and their complete offering.

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5 QUESTIONS with Verde Food Truck co-founder T.J. Ingraham – Boulder, CO – High school buddies T.J. Ingraham and Michael “Seth” Sethney came to Boulder, but had a hard time tracking down the Sonoran-style burritos and tacos they loved back home in Arizona.

To both get their fix and share it with others, they launched Verde Food Truck late last year in Boulder.

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In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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 weekend from Louisville, Boulder, Orange City, New Brunswick, Hoboken and Santa Monica.

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Nov 18

Food truck amendment approved by Metro Council – LOUISVILLE, KY – The Louisville Metro Council approved an amendment to the vendors, peddlers and solicitors ordinance Thursday night. Prepared by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, the amendment is aimed at making it easier for food-truck owners to operate in the city.

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Boulder food truck operator Comida opening restaurant in Longmont – BOULDER, CO – Comida, a Boulder-based operator of a food truck featuring Mexican fare, plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Longmont’s Prospect neighborhood early next year, its founder said Friday.

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Nov 19

Food truck expo coming to Orange City – ORANGE CITY, FL – Food trucks — those chic gourmet meals on wheels perhaps best known in these parts from television — are coming to a parking lot near you. The City Council recently approved a plan to start a Food Truck Expo in the Lowe’s parking lot for a three-month trial basis. Mark Baratelli, an organizer of similar events in the Orlando area, said he’s working on a plan to have the first expo sometime in January.

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Owners Of Grease Trucks At Rutgers Worried Over New University Proposal – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Grease trucks have been a fixture at Rutgers University for years, but now a proposal from the university has some of the trucks’ owners worried they’re being forced out, CBS 2?s Christine Sloan reports.

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Food truck vendors oppose $3,750 parking fees, GPS monitoring – HOBOKEN, NJ – The City Council introduced an ordinance on Monday that some food truck vendors fear will force them out of town. A subcommittee meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance will be held on Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. in the City Hall basement conference room.

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Nov 20

New Curfew Coming For Santa Monica’s Main Street Food Trucks – SANTA MONICA, CA – It will be lights out at an earlier time for food trucks servicing Main Street in Santa Monica, much to the dismay of late-night bar patrons with the munchies.

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine Magazine will assist our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

This week’s new entries are:

Asheville, NC

The Lowdown Truck

Twitter: @thelowdowntruck

Asheville native trying to give the city I love, some love back.



Boulder, CO

Cheese Louise

Twitter: @cheesefoodtruck

Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches hot from the griddle!



Verde Food Truck

Twitter: @VerdeFoodTruck

We hail from the Sonoran desert of Arizona, just north of the Mexican border. Our goal: Amaze Boulder with authentic Sonoran-Mexican food.



Lafayette, LA

Viva La Waffle

Twitter: @vivalawaffle

The Revolution will not be televised… it will be on a waffle.



Miami, FL

Chef On 4 Wheels

Twitter: @chefon4wheels

Chef On 4 Wheels Presents Happy Greek To Miami Area Gourmet Greek Cuisine!!!



Milwaukee, WI

4 Wheel Kitchen

Twitter: @4wheelkitchen

4 Wheel Kitchen, LLC


Minneapolis, MN


Twitter: @CooknWheels

A mobile food truck with Chicago and New York Polish, Memphis pulled pork, taco salads, sandwiches and more!



New York City, NY

Luke’s Lobsters

Twitter: @LukesLobsterNY

The official Twitter for NAUTI. Because NYC’s freshest, most affordable lobster roll — straight from the docks of Maine — is now on wheels. 917.881.7866



Orange County, CA

Flavor Rush Truck

Twitter: @FlavorRushTruck

A new Food truck for Orange County, come Taste the World. The menu will change from time to time, tell us what you would like to eat tomorrow.



San Francisco, CA

Whisk on Wheels

Twitter: @WhiskonWheels



San Jose, CA

Rice Rockit

Twitter: @ricerockit



If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com


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