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PLANO TX - The Plano City Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing restaurants to serve as commissaries for food trucks.

The decision will directly impact how the food truck industry operates.

Now food truck owners may serve from their trucks, but they must use a restaurant kitchen to prepare and store their food.

Ann Keady takes credit for pushing the legislation through. She and her husband Jason Key are living the ultimate food truck dream after their Cajun Tailgators truck expanded into a bricks and mortar location in downtown Plano. The two businesses now run in tandem, supplying the area with plenty of po’boys, gumbo and étouffée.

The food may have helped their cause. The Cajun Café happens to be located steps from City Hall, and according to Keady “they’re our biggest customers.” Keady says it took about three months start to finish to get the city to rewrite the code, and now their restaurant can serve as their commissary, saving them significant storage and waste disposal fees every month.

Find the original article at cbslocal.com <here>

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CHICAGO, IL - The latest food truck ordinance is still constricting to many trucks. One of them, The Salsa Truck, is trying to get around it by starting a home base for their truck’s cooking, plus 20 brick-and-mortar seats, in a commissary named The Garage.

salsa truck chicagoOne would imagine that the city would be happy about this idea, considering their disposition towards protecting brick-and-mortar restaurants, a hotly contested topic at last summer’s city council meetings where the latest ordinance was passed.

The Salsa Truck, operated by former financial adviser Dan Salls, serves a variety of salsa, guacamoles, quesadillas, and hot sauces. The Garage, located on 116 N. Aberdeen, has room to accommodate six trucks in addition to the lunch counter. Salls is offering to open his space and commissary up to other trucks as well. Maybe food trucks continuing to work together will help the industry get higher off the ground, despite the laws.

Find the original article by Daniel Gerzina at The Chicago Eater <here>

 

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U.S. Food Trucks will officially open its commissary on October 24th to house the local gourmet food trucks that have been spotted all throughout DFW. They started a soft opening back in the beginning of September to launch their new gourmet food truck park right out front of their commissary door. Complete with shade, ample trash receptacles, and picnic tables it’s the perfect place to enjoy the cooler weather as the fall season rolls into our city.

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Dallas, TX - Ambassador Row, on the northwest side of Dallas, welcomes a brand-new food truck park and commissary in beginning of November 2012. The park, owned and operated by U.S. Food Trucks, is the first venue of its type to open in Texas’ largest and most famous city. According to company officials the commissary doors will open November 2, 2012.

U.S. Food Trucks says the park and commissary will feature security gates, electronic surveillance cameras, lots of vendor amenities and venue management services. Interested vendors will have access to gourmet food truck rentals on both a short and long-term basis. The truck rentals are a great opportunity for those who want to get started in the business, but don’t have the money to purchase their own truck.

Company founder and president Michael D. Rangel is looking forward to the new opportunity from the standpoint of both vendor and patron. “I’m excited to be able to offer Dallas’ first gourmet food truck park and commissary combination in the heart of the city,” he said.

Rangel notes the food truck industry is exploding across the United States with plenty of growth room still available. He says the market is far from saturated, so those who want to get in on the ground flood could do very well both now and into the future.

Diners are encouraged to mark their calendars for the grand opening on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 4-8 pm at 7508 Ambassador Row in Dallas, Texas. U.S. Food Trucks helps entrepreneurs get started with their food truck business by providing them with some of the necessary means to become successful, you can get more information from U.S. Food Trucks by visiting their website at http://www.usfoodtrucksdfw.com.

 

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Commercial Kitchen

One of the first steps that many food truck owners need to follow through with once they have a started researching for their future rolling business is to find a commissary or commercial kitchen for their truck to call home.

Most municipalities throughout the country require that a mobile food unit be parked at as well as their food storage to be handled by a state licensed commercial kitchen. In addition to this, in the few cities where cooking is not allowed on the truck, the cooking and packaging of the food must also take place at your commissary.

Commercial Kitchen

Just as your vehicle is required to maintain local health standards, these commercial kitchens must also follow these rules. Please note that if a commercial kitchen loses its certification from the city or state, your truck will be grounded until the kitchen makes the needed corrections, or you find a new home for your truck.

Finding a commercial kitchen that works for you is an integral part of bringing your gourmet mobile food to life. The location, type and size of your commercial kitchen will determine a lot of aspects of your business, including the type of dishes you can make, the capacity of events you can handle and where they can be located. When looking for a commissary or commercial kitchen, you can direct your search by the type of food you want to make and the scale of your operation.

Here are some commercial kitchen options:

Shared Commercial Kitchen

For most new food truck owners, a shared commercial kitchen is the most viable option. A shared-use kitchen is leased out to multiple caterers or chefs at once. It is a group kitchen for foodservice professionals. Because you share the lease with other businesses, you will save a lot of money like this, but if you and a co-renter want to schedule the space at the same time, you can have problems.

Private Commercial Kitchen

Leasing out your own private commercial kitchen space is the best option for a food truck business with large-scale aspirations. The benefits to having your own kitchen are endless. You do not have to worry about kitchen availability, and you can purchase or lease your own equipment to ensure that you have everything you need to execute your menu on a large scale. If your space has a front of the house, you can also offer followers a tasting straight from your kitchen. Even better, if things go well you can expand your carry-out and pick-up services, or start selling some of your signature items retail.

Restaurant Kitchen

Many food truck owners have found that renting out a restaurant kitchen during hours when the restaurant is closed is the most viable option for them. You will save money by leasing a space that would otherwise go unused during those hours. Furthermore, you will know exactly when you can use the kitchen and when you cannot, avoiding the scheduling issues that can occur with a shared-lease kitchen.

Other Options

Schools, churches, and even the local VFW or Elk’s Club may have health inspected and certified commercial kitchen which can be rented, or even in some cases used as long as you sign an agreement to cater events for these organization as a means of payment or donation.

Once you know what kind of kitchen you want, you can start shopping around to find the best pricing and amenities for your commercial kitchen. One great tip to follow is to speak with other local food truck operators to find out which commissary or commercial kitchen they use. Some may, or may not suggest using their current kitchen, but at least you can find out the current rates in your area. Your local health department can provide you with a list of the registered commercial kitchens in your area as well, some municipalities have even started providing these lists from their websites.

Food Truck Supplier Directory: Find or place an ad for a commissary or commercial kitchen.

If you have any additional tips or suggestions to finding a commissary or commercial kitchen, please feel free to add them in the comment section below, Tweet us or share it on our Facebook page.

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The state of Florida may no longer require mobile food trucks to have a “commissary,” or home-base restaurant, if they’re fully self-sufficient.

Currently, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations Division of Hotels and Restaurants requires food trucks and theme park food carts to have a commissary, even when they’re fully self-sufficient. The food trucks go to the commissary daily to get rid of garbage, prep and store food, etc.

The department is accepting comments until Aug. 10. To weigh in on the proposed rule, contact:

Michelle Comingore, Operations Review Specialist, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, (850)488-1133, Michelle.Comingore@dbpr.state.fl.us

 

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