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COLUMBIA, MO - At its meeting Monday night, the Columbia City Council approved ordinances to authorize food truck zones on certain downtown streets and to extend the hours that restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol at sidewalk cafes.

After the passage of the ordinances, food trucks will be able to set up shop at eight on-street parking spaces on the south side of Cherry Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, eight spaces on the south side of Locust Street between Ninth and Tenth streets, and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street between Ninth and Tenth.

To use the zones, food truck operators need to pay for the parking spaces they use by leasing meter bags from the city’s Public Works Department. Daily bags cost $10 for one space and $20 for two spaces, and monthly bags cost $150 for one space and $200 for two spaces.

Before passage of the food truck ordinance, food trucks were mostly limited to private parking lots.

Bryan Maness, owner of the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., testified before the council and asked it to amend the proposed ordinance to allow food trucks to park on city streets on the University of Missouri campus. Campus is predominantly zoned R-3 residential, and the ordinance the council passed does not allow food trucks in residential areas.

Council members indicated they might be open to adjusting food truck zones later, but Mayor Bob McDavid said the city should get the university’s input on the issue of allowing the trucks on campus before amending the ordinance.

“I think we should explore that,” McDavid said.

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COLUMBIA, MO - In a report from The Columbia Daily Tribune, a gun disturbance was reported at a local food truck which resulted in one man’s arrest downtown early Monday morning.

Sunflower Waffle Co

Columbia police at 1:23 a.m. responded to the Sunflower Waffle Co. van parked on Ninth Street.

Witnesses told officers Robert G. Powell, 40, lifted his shirt to expose a handgun in his waistband during an argument, Officer Latisha Stroer said. Police notes did not detail whether Powell had a connection to the food truck or whom the argument was with.

Powell, did not have a conceal-and-carry permit for the weapon, Stroer said. He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He was released from the Boone County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Representatives of Sunflower Waffle Co. could not be reached for comment this morning.

 

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Not that you can really call food trucks hidden gems anymore, but GQ is picking up on the trend, and in their July issue, writer Brett Martin lists not one, not two, but five food trucks from around the country as “The Best Food in America’s Most Unexpected Places“.

Timeliness aside, though, Martin captures with great accuracy the feeling of wandering around a lot full of trucks serving up steaming hot meals: Food trucks have become to food scenes what porcupines are said to be to a forest: a sign that you’ve got a healthy, vibrant ecosystem at work.

The 5 that made his list:

THE LOBSTA TRUCK
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
lobstatruck.com

STEEL CITY SANDWICH
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
steelcitysandwich.com

FLATIRON TRUCK
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
http:flatirontruck.com

THE GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
thegrilledcheesetruck.com

BONE-IN ARTISAN BBQ TRUCK
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
artisanbbqtruck.com

 

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Rolls Forward Despite Restaurants’ Concern

COLUMBIA, SC – Some local restaurants don’t want the city’s burgeoning food truck community to have what they see as an unfair advantage.

As the city moves to fix a law that could have inadvertently limited food trucks, city staffers have been hearing from some trade groups representing restaurants who want to make sure trucks don’t have free rein to park anywhere they please.

“Basically, a food truck is a very low-cost investment and doesn’t have to have the same things a brick-and-mortar restaurant has,” says Tom Sponseller, head of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, one of the groups expressing concerns. “It creates somewhat of an unlevel playing field in [restaurant owners’] minds, financially.”

But on Oct. 3, the city planning commission voted against protections for the brick-and-mortar restaurants, striking part of the revised ordinance that would have prohibited trucks from parking within 100 feet of a restaurant unless they get written permission from the restaurant owner.

The commission’s votes don’t bind City Council, which will have to vote on the final revisions; they’re merely advisory. The commission voted to approve other revisions to the law.

A few months ago, the city began hearing from food truck supporters angry about a new ordinance set to take effect next spring. Under the ordinance, passed Aug. 2, temporary vendors can only operate 10 hours out of each 24, must submit a site plan to the city for the private property on which they’ll operate, and cannot take up any parking spaces that are required by zoning laws, among other rules.

The law was designed to crack down on roadside vendors selling produce, flowers, furniture and other wares at sprawling, semi-permanent outdoor locations that some city leaders felt were a nuisance — particularly along North Main Street.

But the law also covers food trucks. And food truck operators said it would be near-impossible to submit a site plan and obtain a permit for each location they wanted to serve food from, as Scott Hall of Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels told Free Times in August.

“It would just make it so difficult for us to do business,” Hall said. “It would completely eliminate our ability to bounce around, to function like a real food truck.”

Bombarded by emails from food truck fans, City Council asked staff to fix the law.

So planning staff proposed creating a separate classification in the zoning law for food trucks.

As Krista Hampton, Columbia’s director of planning and development services, explains, food trucks aren’t quite what the original law was supposed to address.

“They are temporary vendors. But they are very-temporary temporary vendors,” Hampton said.

The revisions would allow trucks to park on private property with the owner’s written permission. They could occupy required parking spaces. They would have to apply for a general annual food truck permit, rather than location-specific permits.

On Oct. 3, the city planning commission voted unanimously in support of Hampton’s revisions — with the exception of the 100-foot protection for restaurants, which members felt exceeded their authority.

“Is that a valid zoning concern, to protect existing businesses?” asked commission member Josh Eagle. “There may be other reasons to do it, but I feel like I don’t want to be in the business of making business decisions.”

And chairman Mark James pointed out that restaurants often cluster together, with no protections against competition from each other.

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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 assists 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:

Chicago, IL

Bridgeport Pasty Co

Twitter: @BridgeportPasty

Like a handheld pot pie, but better!

http://bridgeportpasty.com

Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile

Twitter: @LQMeatMobile

It’s the Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile! Serving pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, sides, and drinks. Aiming to hit the Chicago streets shortly after Labor Day

http://lilliesq.com/

Columbia, SC

Alfresco Mobilista

Twitter: @AlfMob

ROCKIN’ FARE ROLLIN’ WITH FLAIR!!! Alfresco means outdoors & Mobilista is on the move. We are a fun Bistro Style Mobile Food & Catering Truck that comes to YOU!

http://www.alfmob.com

Kansas City, MO

DOG NUVO

Twitter: @DOGNUVO

http://www.eatatdognuvo.com

Los Angeles, CA

Holy Aioli

Twitter: @HolyAioli

The ultimate Food Truck for divine Sandwiches & Salads. We offer unique filings and Aiolis that turn sandwiches and paninis on their head.

http://www.holy-aioli.com

Malibu Bagels

Twitter: @MalibuBagels

Malibu Bagels is the premier gourmet truck of Malibu CA- serving amazing, fresh and creative spreads on delicious Bagels. Come give us a try :)

http://www.facebook.com/bu.bagels

The Poutine Truck

Twitter: @thepoutinetruck

Poutine is a traditional Canadian Comfort Dish consisting of French Fries, Fresh Cheese Curd and Brown Gravy. We take pride in offering a true Poutine……….

http://www.thepoutinetruck.com

Minneapolis, MN

Fork In The Road

Twitter: @forkNroadtruck
Good eats on the street!

Providence, RI

Mijos Tacos

Twitter: @MijosTacos

LA style taco truck serving tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, tostadas and imported cane sugar Mexican sodas on the East Side of Providence, RI.

http://www.facebook.com/mijostacos

Seattle, WA

Snout and Company

Twitter: @SnoutAndCo

http://snoutandco.com

Washington DC

Doug the Food Dude

Twitter: @Dougthefooddude

THE BEST FOOD YOU’LL EVER GET OUT OF A TRUCK! Always All Natural – No MSG or Preservatives

http://dougthefooddude.com

Seoul Food

Twitter: @SeoulFoodDC

We operate on a food truck selling bibimbap and maki rolls using all-natural, local farm ingredients in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA.

West Palm Beach, FL

The Fire Within

Twitter: @TheFireWithinFT

We are a married couple just livin the dream! We have purchased a shuttle bus, & built a food truck! We are up & rolling now! #TheFireWithin

http://www.FoodTruckRoadTrip.com

 

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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COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia’s mobile food-truck vendors, who offer a new and increasingly popular dining option, are worried they might get gobbled by city regulations of peddlers that take effect next year.

Starting in February, any vendor who wants to set up shop on private property to sell anything from puppies to produce must have written permission from the landowner. They also must provide city officials with drawings of the sites they frequent and must meet zoning requirements, especially having sufficient parking spaces.

“I think this has the potential to regulate us out of existence,” said Scott Hall, the 34-year-old owner of Bone In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels, whose menu includes pulled pork in chipotle and peach sauce that it sells under the name “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” after the 1979 Charlie Daniels Band hit song.

City leaders say food-truck vendors are the unintended victims of requirements aimed at other mobile businesses that effectively are moving flea markets. City Council approved those rules Aug. 2 after a citizens committee had recommended tougher regulations that would have restricted vendors to no more than three times per year at any single location.

“I just feel that we are a side effect of some other issue,” said Hall, who is using a public relations firm to help mount a campaign against the impending restrictions.

The effective date of the rules was postponed six months to give businesses time to be licensed and educated about the new law. The most troublesome provision for the food-truck vendors is that their vehicles cannot occupy parking spaces that a business must have by law. Very few businesses spend the money to have more spaces than city zoning laws require.

City officials heard no complaints about the new regulations until about two weeks ago, when truck vendors began learning about the rules. Some thought the more restrictive proposals recommended by the citizens’ committee had become law, said Krista Hampton, the city’s director of planning and development services.

Columbia officials and members of City Council are working to devise ways to lift the regulations from food-truck operators or write a new law specific to that business, Hampton said. Any decision to change the law could be adopted by the end of November, she said.

Social media have proved to be key to the success of food trucks and haven risen to their defense.

The vendors advertise their menus and tell people where the trucks will be through Twitter and Facebook. Their backers say food trucks add texture to a city often stuck in a culture of sameness. They want city government to leave them alone.

Pottery studio owner Margaret Nevill is among the backers. She invited Bone-In to serve lunch to customers and neighbors most Wednesdays since spring in the parking lot of her Millwood Avenue shop.

“They make it seem like they add a little more cosmopolitan feel … a bit of funkiness,” Nevill, of the Mad Platter, said of the four food-truck businesses, which are an outgrowth of similar operations that have succeeded for years in major cities.

“My goal was not to bring myself business,” Nevill said of the studio she’s run for 14 years and lives near. “My goal was to bring something different to my neighborhood.”

It has worked, she said.

“The first day we had them, it was awesome,” Nevill said. “They sold out. The (pottery studio) customers started liking it. Neighbors liked that they could come over for lunch. It was like having a neighborhood restaurant.”

Two of the four food trucks have city licenses to operate: Bone In and Pawley’s Front Porch, owned by former city councilman Kirkman Finlay. 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings got its permits Friday afternoon. Alfresco Mobilista Bistro does not have its licenses, business license office director Brenda Kyzer said Friday. Owner Adams Hayne said he did not know he needed the licenses. Violators can be fined up to $677.50 per day, Kyzer said.

Finlay said he thinks the new rules are over-regulation, making it hard for food trucks to respond quickly when customers invite them onto their property.

“It’s, by definition, supposed to be a spontaneous thing,” Finlay said. “If it’s a very cumbersome process to apply for a site, it takes all the profit out of it.”

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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.

August 12

It’s A Brave Food World At Turner Field – ATLANTA, GA – You can find food trucks just about everywhere these days. They’re parked in front of office buildings, near construction sites and even on college campuses. This weekend they’ll go where no food truck has gone before — Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.

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Gourmet food trucks roll out to Roseville – ROSEVILLE, CA – The food truck has come a long way from what was once commonly referred to as the “roach coach.”

Davin Vculek, founder and owner of Mini Burger Truck, believes the gourmet food truck concept is rapidly growing into an industry in and of itself.

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New City Law Could Restrict Food Trucks – COLUMBIA, SC – A new city law could have some unintended consequences for Columbia’s budding food truck scene.

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August 13

Possible spot where food trucks can flock – HOUSTON, TX - Houston entrepreneur sees her plan as part of a bigger picture near Washington

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August 14

On “Great Food Truck Race” Week 1, Hodge Podge rocks some C-Town love. – CLEVELAND, OH - Double the money: that’s the extra challenge in season two of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” hosted by chef/author Tyler Florence. This year, grand prize winner of the reality cooking competition wins $100,000.

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