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denver food truck racial slur

DENVER, CO – Two food truck workers say they were attacked in LoDo in their food truck, after they refused to serve a customer who used racial slurs.

It was only the second time Terrence Gibbons had taken out his brand-new food truck. Last Friday, two of his best friends were helping him serve his famous barbecue.

“It was Opening Day, and we could not keep meat on the grill all night,” said Karl Umland, Gibbons friend who was helping serve.

Around 8:30 p.m., they said, a group of three men placed an order, and one of the men was yelling obscenities and racial slurs.

“He pretty much singled me out for being black by using a word we’re all familiar with,” said Gibbons.

“Out of nowhere, he basically just threw out the ‘N’ word,” said Umland. “So, we told them to go. We weren’t going to serve them. And that’s when he came up to the food truck and punched me in the face.”

A fight broke out fast, and it didn’t stop until one of the three suspects slammed Gibbon’s head through a car window, shattering it and knocking him unconscious.

“I just remember waking up in the ambulance,” said Gibbons.

Umland was also taken to the hospital, but not before taking photos of two of the suspects as they ran away.

“I told him he wasn’t going to get away with it,” said Umland. “He was, like, ‘Dude, I’m totally getting away with this. My  whole family is rich. We’re wealthy and my dad’s an attorney.’ But photos of the suspects basically went viral within 48 hours.”

Umland and Gibbons said police now have strong leads.

Find the entire article at thedenverchannel.com <here>

boulder co at night

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>

Comida Food Truck

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>

coors field denver

DENVER, CO – Independent push-cart food vendors who have been operating in Lower Downtown around Coors Field for years have been abruptly ordered by the city to relocate.

The city told several vendors in mailed letters that it was a mistake that they were ever allowed to operate that close to the ballpark.

The vendors say they are being unfairly targeted either for financial-competition reasons or because their removal is considered the “quick fix” to cut traffic and alcohol-related violence in the area.

The bottom line is there will be far fewer vendor food options for fans walking to Coors Field this season.

“I put a lot of time into building this location,” said Adam Kulikowski, who had been operating a food cart near 19th and Wazee streets.

Kulikowski said he and about 10 other vendors who operated in the area surrounding Coors Field were ordered by the city to relocate outside the ballpark vicinity — or their permits would be revoked.

The city and county of Denver told 7News there was a “mistake” made in the original permit process and the vendors should have never been allowed to operate right around the stadium, which opened in 1995.

9News reported that city officials said the carts should never have been allowed within the area bordered by 20th Street, Market Street, Park Avenue West and Wynkoop Street.

Find the entire article at denverpost.com <here>

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