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HOBOKEN, NJ - Taco Truck has until Dec. 23 to answer a lawsuit accusing it of overworking and underpaying a Hoboken employee.

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Former Taco Truck employee, Jonathan Velazquez, lobbed a proposed collective action against the business alleging he logged upwards of 70 hours per week without being paid overtime, according to court records. Velazquez filed the suit Oct.14 in New Jersey federal court, which names the Taco Truck, CEO Jason Scott and COO Chris Viola.

The most recent court filings indicate that the restaurant has until Dec. 23 to file a response to the complaint.

Velazquez alleges in the suit that he routinely worked six days a week for 70 to 80 hours without being properly paid for the overtime hours, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law. Sometimes Velazquez had to sleep in the restaurant’s food truck because he worked too many hours, his attorney, Andrew Glenn, said Monday.

According to the complaint, he worked as a salaried cashier, driver and cook from February 2013 to September 2013. Velazquez made roughly $615 a week, Glenn said.

CEO Jason Scott said that Velazquez was fired after a series of breaches of company policy. Glenn said that his client believes that he was wrongfully terminated for complaining he needed to sleep in the company’s truck because he worked so many hours.

In a statement, Scott and Viola said that Taco Truck complies with state and federal wage and hour laws. They also said that the company sets high standards for employee policies and gauges Taco Truck’s success through “happy and loyal” customers and employees.

“We find it regrettable that one former manager has decided to file a lawsuit against our company,” they said in a statement. “We dispute his claims, which we believe have no merit.”

They declined to comment further, as the lawsuit is ongoing.

Find the entire article by Kathryn Brenzel at nj.com <here>

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NEW YORK CITY, NY - The gourmet food trucks of New York are a source of pride and ridicule. They’ve been criticized by restaurants. They’ve been ranked by Zagat’s. Some developers are creating space for them as a perk for office workers. Now some of the city’s food trucks are serving areas of New York that remain without power, delivery trucks, and even take-out.

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Photograph by Louis Lanzano/AP Photo

Gorilla Cheese was at downtown Manhattan’s Union Square Thursday afternoon, offering grilled cheese sandwiches and a place to charge phones. Big D’s Grub Truck, parked near New York University, was advertising a three-hour special: It would give 100 percent of its sales of grinders or rice platters to help buy food—“not tacos!!”–for those evacuated from the devastated Queens community of Broad Channel. And Wafels & Dinges was giving away free waffles and snacks at City Hall Park, courtesy of JetBlue (JBLU).

Word must have reached Hoboken, which is flooded, dark, and cold. The city posted a Facebook (FB) message on Thursday: “Have a food truck? Come to Hoboken and help us feed our community.”

The return of the food trucks also caught the attention of Mark Perry, a professor of economics and finance at University of Michigan in Flint, Mich., and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He said by e-mail: “Perhaps we have inadvertently and unintentionally added a new flotilla/fleet/armada of national “emergency response” mobile food providers. It would seem that food trucks are perfectly situated to go to areas in need of food, and can get there often before the Red Cross or FEMA or the National Guard, especially in places where there is no power, etc. And it’s a way for food trucks to maintain their business following disasters, whereas restaurants might be shut down weeks. So it’s win-win-win.”

Find the original article by Susan Berfield at Businessweek.com <here>

 

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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.

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This week’s new entries are:

Arlington, VA

Something Stuffed

Twitter: @get_stuffed

Watch out! Coming to a street near you!

http://www.somethingstuffed.com

Dallas, TX

Crazy Fish Food Truck

Twitter: @CrazyFishUSA

The 1st sushi food truck in Dallas! Bringing inexpensive, quality sushi to Texans with a couple of cool surprises. 12 special sauces… Its all about the sauce!

http://www.crazyfishusa.com

Food Traveler Truck

Twitter: @FoodTravelTruck

All your favorite Street Foods on a funky, fresh truck! …from global to local

http://www.foodtravelertruck.com

Free Wheel n’ Cafe

Twitter: @freewheelncafe

Serving up 100% Bell Pepper Free Original Philly Cheese Steaks, and Chef inspired 1/3lb Angus burgers come get some!

http://www.freewheelncafe.com

Short-n-Sweet TX

Twitter: @shortnsweettx

Short-n-Sweet is a Dallas-based 1971 Chevy Ice Cream Truck operated by co-owner Jason Bam Owens and the lovely Pebbles.

http://www.shortnsweettx.com

Durham, NC

MaMa Duke’s

Twitter: @MaMaDukesLLC

We are a Father&Son team living the American Dream!! MaMaDukes is a Taste of the Mediterranean with a Southern Flair!

Hoboken, NJ

Molly’s Milk Truck

Twitter: @ MollysMilkTruck

Molly’s Milk Truck will have it’s grand opening in Hoboken, NJ on May 20th, 2012! Stay connected and follow us on Twitter to find out WHERE we’ll be parked!

http://mollysmilktruck.com

Los Angeles, CA

Cod Save The Queen

Twitter: @ CodSaveTheQueen

Cod Save the Queen is a food truck serving up the best fish and chips this west of the queen mother!

http://www.codsavethequeentruck.com

Minneapolis, MN

Anchor Food Truck

Twitter: @AnchorFoodTruck

The Anchor Fish & Chips Food Truck Launching May 19th/20th at The Anchor Fish & chips DURING Art to Whirl. Live music, beer Along With the food truck.

http://www.theanchorfishandchips.com

Nashville, TN

Biscuit Love Truck

Twitter: @BiscuitLuvTruck

Serving up scratch-made gourmet biscuit sandwiches.

http://www.biscuitlovetruck.com

New York City, NY

Cool Beans

Twitter: @beantruck

We are officially open for business. Currently we have iced/hot coffee and tea along with gluten free cookies and our signature banana whips.

http://www.coolbeans.co

The Munchie Mobile

Twitter: @MunchieMobileNY

Munchie Mob: A group of food loving ninjas, battling the over priced under-delicious food of New York City

http://www.MunchieMobileNY.com

Orlando, FL

Honey Drippers

Twitter: @rHoneyDrippers

ALL NATURAL ORGANIC FRUIT ICY’S

http://facebook.com/beehiveorlando

 

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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HOBOKEN, NJ - After a few weeks of revisions, the city council will re-introduce the new food truck law.

The Hoboken City Council is re-introducing a food truck ordinance at Wednesday night’s meeting, which includes the choice of a four-day or a seven-day permit and requires vendors to install a Global Positioning System in their trucks.

Food truck owners have expressed their opposition to the sharp increase in cost. Currently the vendors pay $500. Under the new law, a four-day permit will be $1,600 and a seven-day permit will be $2,500 annually. The permits grant the vendors certain privileges, such as the right to park at a two-hour spot for four hours.

Adam Sobel, owner of vegan truck The Cinnamon Snail has announced he will be leaving Hoboken, as will Joe Glaser, owner of dessert truck La Bella Vita.

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HOBOKEN, NJ - The Vegan Lunch Truck may leave town.

While the new food truck policy in Hoboken hasn’t been completed yet, and still has to go through two votes by the city council, the Vegan Lunch Truck has already announced it may leave Hoboken in 2012.

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Adam Sobel, owner of the Vegan Lunch Truck and its primary chef, said on Twitter that “We will not renew our license for 2012″ if the new policy passes.

He also asked his Twitter followers in which New York City neighborhoods he should park his truck, indicating that he will park the mobile vegan restaurant in the city instead of Hoboken. Sobel also works from Red Bank, his hometown.

The first proposed draft of the new policy would have put the annual cost for permits to operate a food truck at roughly $5,000. While the measure was passed on first reading by the city council, a council subcommittee has returned to the drawing board since.

Newer ideas included lowering the fee to roughly $3,000 per year, and allowing trucks to park for four hours at a metered spot.

Find the entire article by The Hoboken Patch <here>

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HOBOKEN, NJ - Although changes to the city’s food truck law aren’t official yet, many of the city’s mobile food vendors expressed their concerns on Tuesday night, during a public meeting hosted by Council members Jennifer Giattiano and David Mello, as well as Director of Parking and Transportation Ian Sacs.

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The new rules were passed on first reading by the City Council last week. Before the rules can go into effect, another vote has to take place.

Sacs and Giattino fielded questions from the truck owners there as they maintained that the new proposed rules—which would multiply the truck owners’ costs by about ten times from roughly $500 a year to about $5,000 a year—aren’t meant to run the trucks out of town.

The trucks have been parking illegally, Sacs told the crowd of about 40 people. The new rules, he continued, are supposed to make the process “fair” and enforce parking rules. The current ordinance applies mostly to non-motorized food vendors, such as hot dog carts, Sacs explained. Since food trucks have increased in popularity and number, the ordinance needs to be updated, Sacs said.

The new rules would allow trucks to park in a metered spot for four hours—rather than two—as well as four hours on the visitors side of the street.

“We’re not pulling the rug out from anybody,” Sacs said.

But the food truck owners felt differently.

Hoda Mahmoodzadegan—who said she is planning to open a food truck together with her business partner Jason Avon, 25—called the new rules “completely outrageous.”

Mahmoodzadegan, 26, said she is planning to open Molly’s Milktruck, which will serve healthy, vegetarian food. Mahmoodzadegan said she is planning to move to Hoboken.

Now, she said she is worried about her new business plans. “I don’t have that kind of money,” she said.

Jason Scott of The Taco Truck, Adam Sobel of the Cinnamon Snail, Joe Glaser of La Vita Bella and Ali Gomah of Ali’s Food on Wheels (as well as others) were also present to express their concerns.

The new rules would also mean that trucks aren’t allowed to park within 100 feet from a brick and mortar business that has a menu and that trucks have to be at least 25 feet apart while parked and open for business.

The truck owners said they don’t mind being parked close together.

Sacs said that the increased fees are necessary for the city to enforce the new policy. The proposed changes also include that truck owners install a GPS device—at their own cost—so that the city knows where they are when parked in town. This, Sacs said, will help with enforcing the parking regulations.

“The old fees,” Sacs said, “are not based on reality.”

Some residents expressed their support for the presence of food trucks in Hoboken. Erik Liberman, who has lived in Hoboken for four-and-a-half years, said that the vegan Cinnamon Snail lunch truck is the reason he still lives in town.

Liberman said he became a vegan a year ago and enjoys eating at the vegan truck.

“Other than bars and Italian food,” he said, “there’s nothing else.”

There are currently 16 food trucks in town, according to Giattino. The new rules set the limit at 25 licenses—both parking and vending, which are linked to each other—for motorized food trucks. For non-motorized food vendors—such as hot dog carts—the cap is set at 50, said Sacs.

Some of the food truck owners raised concerns that the new rules were designed to protect the owners of brick and mortar businesses in town. While the discussion got heated every now and then, the meeting—which lasted two hours—was mostly civil.

The feedback from truck as well as business owners will be taken back to a subcommittee before the ordinance will appear in front of the city council again. The ordinance, with possible changes based on Tuesday’s meeting, will likely be on the agenda for the Dec. 7 council meeting.

Find the entire article <here>

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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 from Louisville, Boulder, Orange City, New Brunswick, Hoboken and Santa Monica.

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Nov 18

Food truck amendment approved by Metro Council – LOUISVILLE, KY - The Louisville Metro Council approved an amendment to the vendors, peddlers and solicitors ordinance Thursday night. Prepared by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, the amendment is aimed at making it easier for food-truck owners to operate in the city.

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Boulder food truck operator Comida opening restaurant in Longmont – BOULDER, CO - Comida, a Boulder-based operator of a food truck featuring Mexican fare, plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Longmont’s Prospect neighborhood early next year, its founder said Friday.

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Nov 19

Food truck expo coming to Orange City – ORANGE CITY, FL - Food trucks — those chic gourmet meals on wheels perhaps best known in these parts from television — are coming to a parking lot near you. The City Council recently approved a plan to start a Food Truck Expo in the Lowe’s parking lot for a three-month trial basis. Mark Baratelli, an organizer of similar events in the Orlando area, said he’s working on a plan to have the first expo sometime in January.

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Owners Of Grease Trucks At Rutgers Worried Over New University Proposal – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Grease trucks have been a fixture at Rutgers University for years, but now a proposal from the university has some of the trucks’ owners worried they’re being forced out, CBS 2?s Christine Sloan reports.

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Food truck vendors oppose $3,750 parking fees, GPS monitoring – HOBOKEN, NJ - The City Council introduced an ordinance on Monday that some food truck vendors fear will force them out of town. A subcommittee meeting to discuss the proposed ordinance will be held on Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. in the City Hall basement conference room.

Find the entire article <here>

Nov 20

New Curfew Coming For Santa Monica’s Main Street Food Trucks – SANTA MONICA, CA - It will be lights out at an earlier time for food trucks servicing Main Street in Santa Monica, much to the dismay of late-night bar patrons with the munchies.

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HOBOKEN, NJ - The Cinnamon Snail is the country’s first organic vegan food truck, started by chef Adam Sobel on Valentines Day 2010. Since the trucks opening, it has been serving Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark and Red Bank NJ. It has taken aost 2 years, but now the truck is licensed to operate in NYC.  Chef Sobel plans to serve manhattan and Brooklyn 4-5 days a week, as well as remaining loyal to his fans in New Jersey a couple days a week too. Service to NY will start in the 2nd or 3rd week of November 2011.

Updates, specials, featured pastry items, and schedule can be found by follow the truck on twitter @veganlunchtruck or on www.facebook.com/theCinnamonSnail

In 2010 the cinnamon snail was

-voted as one of the 10 best food trucks in America by yahoo.com

-a finalist in the 2010 Vendy awards (the oscars of street food)

-featured on the Cooking Chanel

-featured in the New York Times, & Time Out New York

 

In 2011 the cinnamon snail was

-the winner of the 2011 Vendy makers mark award for their vanilla bourbon crem brûlée donuts

-named #1 vegetarian street food in America by PETA

-featured in Vegnews, &Vegetarian times

 

The cinnamon snail is planning to experiment with serving different NYC neighborhoods throughout the week.  The initial places you will find the truck are: flat iron district, lower east side, Williamsburg, & Green Point.  Some locations will be for brunch and lunch, and other locations will be dinner and late night locations.

If you want to suggest a neighborhood or location, please contact the snail team at thecinnamonsnail@gmail.com

The cinnamon snail features a menu of  breakfast items, gourmet sandwiches, raw food, and fresh vegan donuts and pastries. The award winning donuts are made daily, and like the rest of the menu Are made with 100% organic ingredients.  Even the oil used for frying the donuts is certified organic. The breakfast and sandwich menu change seasonally and rely on locally Sourced ingredients on flakey, perfect French baguettes and organic Spelt bread.

A couple of the most popular breakfast items on the truck are:

  • fresh fig pancakes with chamomile blood orange syrup and pine nut butter
  • chipotle seitan breakfast burritos (smoked chili grilled seitan with fresh jalapeños, marinated kale, scrambled tofu, and chipotle aioli)

A couple of the most popular luck items are:

  • Lemongrass five spice seitan with curried cashews, wasabi mayonnaise, arugula, and Szechuan chili sauce on a grilled baguette.
  • Provencal white wine grilled tofu, with white truffles cashew cheese, kalamata olive tapenade, arugula onion and fried sage leaves on a grilled baguette.

 

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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.

Oct 14

Distribution boon for farmers - THE first waves of the food truck movement sweeping the United States are lapping at Australian cities, promising new ways of presenting food and new sales avenues for farmers.

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Ice cream food trucks are on a roll: Forget the kitschy kids music, these rides are gourmet – HOUSTON, TX - Whether you prefer a Drumstick or the Bomb Pop Flag Pop, everyone has an ice cream truck fave, as familiar as the tinny, repetitive tune that lets you know it’s on its way. But two new ice cream stands are on the move in Houston and they’re shaking up expectations.

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Oct 15

Council to weigh food-truck rules – CHAPEL HILL, NC - Food trucks will be up for debate when the Town Council holds a public hearing during its 7 p.m. Monday meeting in Town Hall.

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Putting Burger Theory into practice – ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - WHEN a couple of young blokes studying theoretical sociology in Adelaide decided to start a burger joint, they didn’t dream that within six months they would be wondering how to manage the business’s growth.

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Oct 16

More parking enforcement to come – HOBOKEN, NJ - City working on related agreement with food truck owners

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