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DFW food truck associationDALLAS, TX - Dallas-Fort Worth area food trucks have banded together in the hopes of improving city laws that restrict the mobile eateries from doing business in certain areas.

The DFW Food Truck Association comprises more than 20 food truck owners that are aiming to work with Dallas city officials to change city laws so that the trucks can roam public and private property. Currently, food trucks are restricted to designated locations in the Central Business District.

The association has created a petition that it plans to present to the City Council showing community support for regulation reform.

The association also plans to defend entrepreneurs from politically active restaurateurs.

Find the entire article at bizjournals.com <here>

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Texas-Burrito-Co_LogoDALLAS, TX - The creators of The Butcher’s Son and Gandolfo’s Deli food trucks are getting ready to roll out their fourth truck.

Two Trucks LLC CEO Jon Wagner and President Dain Pool expect to debut their truck, Texas Burrito Co., in February.

The Tex-Mex truck will specialize in burritos and tacos made from scratch. The offerings will allow guests to customize their food, similar to how Chipotle and Freebirds operates.

Wagner and Pool brought Gandolfo’s to Dallas in 2011 and introduced The Butcher’s Son to the city in 2012. They also recently rolled out What’s the Scoop, their ice cream food truck. Both executives have a long history of food industry experience.

Wagner’s grandfather founded Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage and Pool’s family owns Georgia-based Pool’s Restaurant Group, parent of Gandolfo’s.

Find the entire article by Danielle Abril at bizjournals.com <here>

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DFW, TX - Two Trucks, LLC, owned by food truck entrepreneurs Dain Pool and Jonathan Wagner, consists of Dallas/Fort Worth food truck brands The Butcher’s Son, Gandolfo’s New York Deli and What’s Da Scoop? old-fashioned, hand scooped, ice cream truck.

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The company’s fleet of food trucks will honor the sacrifice and dedication of US service men and women by announcing a Patriot Day promotion on September 11th 2013.

WHO: The Butcher’s Son, What’s Da Scoop and Gandolfo’s New York Deli 

WHAT: Patriot Day on 911 – All service men and women eat free

  • The Butcher’s Son offer:  Free sandwich or 3-way sliders
  • What’s Da Scoop offer:  Free sundae or 2-scoop cone
  • Gandolfo’s New York Deli offer:  Free sandwich (half or whole)

DETAILS: One fee giveaway per customer, does not include sides or drinks, customer must be in uniform or show proper ID at time of transaction. 

WHERE:  Locations TBA – find each truck on Twitter or Facebook for location details and times

The Butcher’s Son:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheButchersSon

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheButchersSon

What’s Da Scoop?  

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/whatsdascooptx

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/whatsdascoop 

Gandolfo’s New York Deli:

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/Gandolfosdallas

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Gandolfosdallas 

WHEN:   Wednesday, September 11th 2013 – all day

 

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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 Wichita, Modesto, Chicago, Toronto, Dallas and New York.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsAugust 9

Food trucks help make Wichitans’ restaurant dreams come true – WICHITA, KS - Starting any business requires money and risk, but some local entrepreneurs have found a way to lower the barrier to entry in the food-service business — food trucks.

The Wichita Business Journal’s cover story this week looks at growth in the number of Wichita food trucks and the awareness about them.

Find the entire article <here>

Modesto ponders regulating its food trucks – MODESTO, CA - Modesto has a number of taco trucks and a cupcake truck, but has not experienced an explosion of mobile food vendors like the variety seen in Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento and other big cities.

Nonetheless, we think and hope they’ll be coming.

Find the entire article <here>

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Food Truck 101 – CHICAGO, IL - The budget for launching a food truck is a bit like a restaurant tab. When the bill arrives at the end of the meal, the number at the bottom is often bigger than you’d expected.

“With food trucks . . . it’s going to cost 20 percent more and take twice as long,” says Dan Salls, 25, owner of the Salsa Truck. “Very few people come in under budget and on time.”

Find the entire article <here>

Send in the food trucks – TORONTO, CANADA - Coun. Josh Colle wants to see a Tov-Li food truck near Toronto’s Union station. Or a Dr. Laffa truck rolling down Bloor Street.

And King David’s pizza?

“I’d love for King David’s to do a truck,” said Colle, who’s no stranger to Jewish cuisine as the councillor for Eglinton-Lawrence, also known as Ward 15.

Find the entire article <here>

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Popular Dallas food trucks open restaurants at iconic shopping malls – DALLAS, TX - It’s a sweet story of food truck success, as two Dallas food trucks expand from mobile to permanent restaurant status. Coincidentally, both new restaurants are in shopping malls.

Nammi, already open at Valley View Center, comes from Teena Nguyen and Gary Torres, owners of the highly popular Vietnamese food truck of the same name. The restaurant offers the truck menu, including the award-winning Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, plus new dishes created specifically for the restaurant.

Find the entire article <here>

NY Food Trucks Selling Phony Marijuana Pops – NEW YORK, NY - Selling marijuana from a New York food truck would be completely illegal, but there’s apparently no law against pretending to do so. Weed World Candies joined New York’s food truck scene with an unbeatable business model: Selling allegedly marijuana-spiked candy from a fleet of bright green vans and Hummers to gullible New Yorkers. It would, of course, be illegal, except that the trucks are actually just selling regular candy.

Not that the vendors are owning up to any of that.

Find the entire article <here>

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US Food TrucksDALLAS, TX -  U.S. Food Trucks is opening a new food truck park in Dallas called “Fly-By Food Park” located at 2500 W. Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX.The “Fly-By Food Park” grand opening event will occur Friday, June 28, 2013 and Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m. Before the grand opening event, U.S. Food Trucks will host preview weekends Friday, June 14 and 21, 2013 and Saturday June 15 and 22, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Entrance to “Fly-By Food Park” is free for customers. The new food truck park will feature a rotating array of gourmet food trucks and will serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during operating hours.

Food trucks that will regularly be in rotation at the “Fly-By Food Park” include, but are not limited to:

  • Eat Jo Dawgs
  • Little Greek
  • Tutta’s Pizza
  • Oink and Moo
  • Parrot Icce
  • Crazy Pig
  • Enticed
  • The Butcher’s Son
  • The Lab of The Streets
  • Entertainment provided by the Durty Laundry Truck

“We’re very excited to open our new food truck park in an up and coming area in Dallas,” said Jamie Lang, Director of U.S. Food Trucks. “The food truck scene is really ramping up here in Dallas, and we will continue to strive and help entrepreneurs get started with their food truck business by providing them with the necessary means to become successful.”

The participating food trucks will serve food with picnic tables in front of a newly renovated building owned by J. Small. Guests will have the option to dine in an air conditioned indoors, on the patio style outdoors, or just fly by for some take out for the family. The “Fly-By Food Park will also feature live entertainment.

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While this uniform is alright for Hooter’s, it might not be for food truck employees.

DALLAS, TX - Hypocrisy has entered the discussion between politicians relating to food trucks again. This time, it has happened within the city council chamber in Dallas. This story comes from SideDish at Dmagazine.com

The Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee met on Monday about potentially lowering the costs of streetscape licensing and street vending permits in downtown Dallas.

The proposal is to cut vending licenses by half to $600 annually. Right now, food trucks are allowed to operate between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, but the proposed update would extend those hours to 10 p.m. (Mon-Thursday, Sunday) and midnight (Friday and Saturday). There’s also a suggestion to require photo ID badges for all vendors, prohibit smoking by vendors while operating in the vending locations, and to establish a dress code.

Everything looks good until they delve into a dress code.

Appendix B: Proposed Dress Code

Proposed minimum dress requirements for vendors include the following

  • Clothing must be neat, clean and sanitary at all times
  • Walking shorts allowed, but no cut-offs ? No apparel with offensive or suggestive language,images, symbols
  • No tank tops or halter tops
  • No outer apparel made of fishnet or undergarment material

Funny thing about required clothing for food truck is that there is no similar code for restaurant employees. Got Hooters?

Find the entire article by Carol Shih at sidedish.dmagazine.com <here>

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Jack in the Box Food Truck DallasDALLAS, TX - Jack in the Box is the latest restaurant chain to launch a food truck, historically the nemesis of restaurateurs with brick-and-mortar operations.

The California-based chain, which counts the Dallas-Fort Worth area as one of its largest markets, will use its “rolling billboard” to give out free burgers in at least six North Texas events in April and May, including the Rangers’ home opener Friday in Arlington.

While some restaurateurs complain bitterly that food trucks are slicing off some of their sales, others have adopted a “if you can’t beat ’em” mindset.

“The ‘Burger Truck’ is … a great way to promote our brand,” said Brian Luscomb, a spokesman for Jack in the Box.

“Although we have nearly 190 locations in the D-FW area, participating in these kinds of events gives us an opportunity to go places where our guests are but our restaurants aren’t.”

There’s no question that food trucks are hot and are showing up at a lot more places than construction sites.

The National Restaurant Association says the “mobile caterers” segment of the industry is projected to post sales of $680 million this year, up from $654 million in 2012. That includes independently owned food trucks with a payroll, along with other mobile vendors.

It does not include sales from food trucks owned by brick-and-mortar restaurants, which are increasingly testing the waters.

Some chains have used food trucks as scouts, to beef up interest in the brand in areas where the chain is looking at potential expansion.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. uses the Twitter handle @ChickfilaMobile to alert residents in the Washington, D.C., area, a growing market for the chain, about the truck’s latest location and offerings.

Richard Myrick is editor of Mobile-Cuisine.com and author of Running a Food Truck for Dummies.

He said Burger King, which also has a strong presence in North Texas, has used food trucks to “get the public to realize that they had changed their menu for the better.”

“I think it’s a great strategy,” he added. “You’re able to get your food out for taste tests.”

Where to find the truck

Jack in the Box’s North Texas burger truck stops include:

Rangers’ home opener: Friday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Six Flags over Texas parking lot.

Bon Jovi concert: April 11, 9:30 p.m. to midnight, American Airlines Center.

Dallas Stars-Vancouver Canucks: April 18, 9:30 p.m. to midnight, American Airlines Center.

SMU Founders’ Day: April 20, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m., Southern Methodist University.

Bright Realty Golf Classic: May 6, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Lakes at Castle Hills, Lewisville.

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Winnipeg Goldeneyes: May 18, 5 to 11 p.m., QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie.

Crowne Plaza Invitational Youth Golf Clinic: May 20, 5 to 7 p.m., Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth.

Find the entire article by Karen Robinson-Jacobs at The Dallas Morning News <here>

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In a recent interview with Sarah Bennet of DMagazine, the host of the Great Food Truck Race sat down and discussed a number of issues. Most of which revolved around his new book, others on the Great Food Truck Race and the mobile food scene in Dallas.

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Sarah Bennett: Is there going to be a season 4 of The Great Food Truck Race? If so, what would it take for one of our Dallas food trucks to get on the show?

Tyler Florence: That’s a really good question. We’re meeting at the end of the week about it. When the show is over, we have an end-of-year wrap up/planning session. We’ll start shooting in April. We haven’t pinpointed the root of how we’re getting across the country.

SB: Have you tried any of our Dallas food trucks? What’s your favorite one?

TF: I haven’t been to Dallas in a while, probably in about two years, and my last trip was a very fast, in-and-out trip, so I have not. But here’s the thing: I think food trucks are the new answer to American fast food. The idea of raising two or three million dollars and going through red tape to open a restaurant, there’s lots of barriers to success. There’s a really easy jumping place for food trucks. It’s very hip and acceptable for new chefs to open a food truck first.

Find the entire interview <here>

 

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This ice cream truck is unlike any other cruising the streets. The converted postal truck is serving nouveau ice-cream sandwiches such as the Ginger Molasses, Potato Chip & Butterscotch and Root Beer.

Coolhaus

Freya Estreller and Natasha Case, the two founders of Coolhaus

Natasha and Freya, the founders and co-owners of Coolhaus, started baking and making ice cream in 2008. From there, they had the idea to start an ice cream sandwich truck and it launched in April 2009.

According to their website Coolhaus is a triple entendre – a play on three of the owner’s favorites:

  • Bauhaus, an influential modernist design movement of the 1920’s and 30’s.
  • Rem Koolhaas, the famous Dutch Architect and Theorist who challenged the mantra “Form follows Function.”
  • “Cool house,” isn’t that what you’re eating – an ice cream sandwich deconstructed into a cookie roof and floor slab with ice cream walls?

Coolhaus has a well-developed concept that allows its customers to customize each and every one of their orders.

Step 1: Choose a cookie (among flavors such as chocolate chip, snikerdoodle, oatmeal, peanut butter, red velvet, ginger molasses, maple waffle and white chocolate)

Step 2: Choose an ice cream to create an ice cream sandwich.

Over the years, there have been over 60 ice cream flavors on the Coolhaus menu, and about 15 cookie choices. Today, if the truck carried all the cookies and ice cream flavors at once, you could eat a new sandwich every day for about a year and a half.

There has been a lot of thought put into their products, even the wrappers are edible. They are all-natural and calorie-free in case you prefer to eat the packaging instead of throwing it away.

The Coolhaus ice cream truck has come a long way since its inception three years ago: founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller now command a fleet of nine trucks in four cities (Austin, Dallas, Miami and New York), as well as a Los Angeles storefront and a cart stationed on Central Park West across from the American Museum of Natural History.

Other upcoming developments for Coolhaus include the launch of their own chocolate bar line, as well as a brick-and-mortar presence in in Old Town Pasadena, they hope to open before the holidays and one in New York City. Coolhaus’ ice cream sandwiches are already in stores at Southern California Whole Foods Markets, and Natasha and Freya are looking to explore similar strategic partnerships to grow the brand.

The Coolhaus truck can be found roaming the streets of Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

You can follow the Coolhaus truck on twitter and on facebook, where they are making “architecture [digitally] digestible.”

Our recommendation:

The traditional chocolate chip cookie with their mango saffron sorbet. Get ready for something you’ve never experienced with an ice cream sandwich.

What their fans have said:

The ice cream was truly one of, if not the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had. The cookies were also top notch. The salted caramel hot chocolate was incredible as well. This truck is a must try…over and over again. Dan C – Las Vegas, NV

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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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