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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 Boston, Hamilton, Washington DC and Durham.

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January 25

Local food truck trend goes into overdrive – BOSTON, MA - Come April, the city will have 56 trucks dishing food across Boston neighborhoods, up from just 15 when the city first cautiously kicked the tires of the trend in July 2011. Food trucks are coming to new parts of the city, including East Boston, Roxbury, and Charlestown, and those locations that started with one truck now have three or more, bringing a diverse mix of cuisines and cultures to the streets of a city once famous for its parochial tastes.

Trucks across the city now serve ­everything from Southern comfort food to Asian barbecue. The trend has become so popular that local truck chefs have their own food festivals and cooking contests, and some operators are even opening their own brick-and-mortar restaurants. Meantime, there is a growing network of businesses such as truck repair and emergency staffing to support them.

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Gorilla Cheese partners split up – HAMILTON, CANADA - One of Hamilton’s glowing business success stories is turning into a messy divorce.

The partners behind the popular Gorilla Cheese food truck have split, leaving the future of the business in doubt and debt.

“We intended this to be an amicable divorce, but as with any divorce things are starting to get complicated,” said Graeme Smith, who with Scott and Susan Austin, started the wildly popular food truck business in July 2011.

“Now we’re in a state of day-to-day trying to get by.”

Find the entire article <here>

January 26

Food truck will deliver message of Mideast peace – WASHINGTON DC - Make way for the Peace Truck.

Moustafa M. Soliman, a 76-year-old Egyptian American author and activist, wants to spread the message of attainable peace between Arabs and Jews with a food truck that serves kosher eats from one window and halal treats from another.

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January 27

Food trucks emblem of Durham’s ‘D.I.Y. District’ – DURHAM, NC - Chef Stacey Grisham said he was a little concerned about cold weather Sunday, but he needn’t have been.

“It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day,” he said at about noon, as he and more than 30 other vendors were opening for business at the food-truck rodeo in Durham Central Park.

The Refectory Cafe, where Grisham is head chef, was making its first appearance at a food-truck rodeo on the cool, but sunny, afternoon.

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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 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.

Southern Gourmasian

The Southern Gourmasian can be found on the streets of Little Rock, AR

Columbus, OH

Reuben-esque

Twitter: @rueben_esque

The little food trailer that COULD!!!

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Lucky Ducky Dogs

Twitter: @LuckyDuckyDogs

Lucky Ducky Dogs Food Truck – Fun With Meat! Fresh artisan bread (not hot dog buns) provide the pillow for our gourmet sausages and delicious toppings.

http://www.LuckyDuckyDogs.com

PompeiiDFW

Twitter: @PompeiiDFW

Serving classically modern Italian cuisine all over the DFW Metroplex.

http://www.pompeiidfw.com

Hamilton, Ontario

The Meatball Shoppe

Twitter: @meatballshoppe

Canada’s First Gourmet Meatball Truck Hitting the Streets in Summer 2012

http://www.themeatballshoppe.ca

Little Rock, AR

Philly’s

Twitter: @phillystogo

Serving authentic Philly style cheesesteaks all around Arkansas. Follow me to see where I will be next!

Southern Gourmasian

Twitter: @SGourmasian

Little Rock Food Truck. The Southern Gourmasian.

http://www.thesoutherngourmasian.com

Los Angeles, CA

Good Greek Grub

Twitter: @GoodGreekGrub

Bringing Greek street food to the streets of L.A.

http://www.goodgreekgrub.com

Nashville, TN

PerkRanger

Twitter: @thetrailerperk

We are a full service coffee, tea & espresso specialty shop on 2 wheels. We serve gourmet lattes, mochas, Signature drinks, ice blended & much more. Go Titans!

thetrailerperk.com

Orlando, FL

Wakotaco

Twitter: @Wako_taco

Food truck offering modern Mexican food!

http://www.wakotaco.com

‘Wiches & Brew

Twitter: @Wiches_Brew

Mobile food truck featuring handcrafted gourmet sandwiches and sodas.

Philadelphia, PA

Farm Truck

Twitter: @Farm_Truck

Enjoy the seasonal eats and local produce of Farm Truck, a mobile farmers market and restaurant. Soon to be up and running! Founders Eliot Coven & Kris Pepper

Portland, OR

Fiji Indian Curry

Twitter: @fijiindiancurry

Indian Food. Gluten Free,and dairy free curry. Meat and Vegan food. Food Cart Pod on NE Alberta & 23rd.

http://fijiindiancurry.yolasite.com

Reno, NV

Battle Born Truck

Twitter: @BattleBornTruck

BattleBornTruck.com

Washington DC

Capital Chicken Waffle

Twitter: @CapitalCW

The DC area’s first & only chicken & waffles food truck! Stay tuned for updates, coupons, grand opening details and much, much more! *coming soon*

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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Hamilton, Canada - The push to relax the rules for Hamilton’s food trucks has hit a snag.

Councillors stalled a decision about changes governing the city’s mobile eateries at their meeting Wednesday night, arguing they didn’t know whether those changes would cause unforeseen legal circumstances.

Staff have recommended new rules that would allow food trucks to park as close as 20 metres to fixed-location restaurants. The bylaw as it stands requires food trucks to stay 100 metres from restaurants.

Although that recommendation passed unanimously at the planning committee last week, Councillor Russ Powers introduced an amendment at Wednesday’s meeting that would require food trucks to stay 100 metres away from the borders of the seven business improvement areas in the city that have opposed the bylaw changes.

However, Tim McCabe, the city’s general manager of economic development and planning, said those rules could be even more restrictive than the bylaw in place now. For example, the nearest restaurant could be 400 metres away from the border of a BIA — meaning the food truck could actually be parking 500 metres away from the nearest bricks-and-mortar restaurant.

Ron Sabo, acting city solicitor, said the city can’t legally mandate the location of businesses unless it can legally prove there are consumer protection, health and safety, or nuisance issues.

Councillors ultimately voted to send the issue back to the planning committee for further discussion. Councillors Jason Farr, Bernie Morelli, Sam Merulla and Chad Collins opposed the move.

Find the original article by Emma Reilly at The Spec <here>

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