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JACKSONVILLE, FL – In a closely watched issue for local food truck owners and fans, drafted legislation for Jacksonville’s food truck ordinance will go before City Council committees this week.

Councilman Reggie Brown proposed new rules for food trucks back in February, including regulations for business hours and where they can operate.

Critics of these rules said they would essentially legislate food trucks out of existence.

How can the City Council and food truck owners balance concerns about health and safety, while at the same time making sure they’re not suffocating a growing business and popular cultural trend here in Northeast Florida?

Chef Chriss Brown, owner of Beaver Street Commissary, where many of the food trucks park, joined First Coast Connect guest host Karen Feagins to discuss the legislation.

Find the original article with audio at wjct.org <here>

jacksonville fl food trucksJACKSONVILLE, FL – It’s something that’s giving “heartburn”, and could lead to some changes for Jacksonville’s food trucks before any regulation is on the books- a pilot program letting trucks serve in Hemming Plaza.

“That’s why they call it a pilot program, we didn’t realize the impact it was going to have,” says Councilman Reggie Brown.

Brown is leading the push for new regulations on food trucks in Jacksonville, and during the second workshop on drafting legislation he raised the idea of relocating this program from Hemming Plaza. The intent of the pilot is to figure out how to “program” Hemming Plaza, but many of the “brick and mortar” restaurants in the immediate area are not happy with how the pilot has grown.

Several came to Monday’s workshop to voice this concern, as well as their thoughts on the limited foot traffic in Downtown, and therefore blow their business would take from allowing food trucks to operate in the area. The wrong way to frame the debate, according to the truckies.

“We’re not trying to impede in their business, but I think it’s about free enterprise and they [customers] make the choice of where they want to eat that day,” says Jennifer Kline with Up In Smoke BBQ.

Find the entire article at wokv.com <here>

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Brown and city food truck operators met on Wednesday to discuss new regulations for the rolling eateries.

Several changes were made to a proposal introduced by Brown last month to satisfy the concerns of truck operators. The proposed legislation was the focus of public outcry after food truck owners said it would make running a successful food truck business impossible in the city.

Food truck vendors will be allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. The draft previously shut down operations at midnight.

The language was modified to allow food trucks to be in residential neighborhoods if it has a written agreement with a homeowner to cater an event.

City lawyers clarified confusion over language requiring bathrooms, saying the policy applied to those giving away food like a church to the homeless and not where it’s being sold for profit.

Other guidelines, like where the trucks can park, will follow state regulations.

Jennifer Kline with Up in Smoke BBQ said she’s happy Brown and other city officials are listening to their concerns.

“I just hope that we can come to an agreement which I think we can. I hope that we can start getting some more space for food trucks to park downtown as well as other areas of Jacksonville,” she said.

Reggie Brown said he learned a lot from the food truck operators about what state regulations they already work under.

Find the entire article at wjct.org <here>

on the fly jacksonville food truckJACKSONVILLE, FL – A City Councilman is working on a bill to impose more regulations on Jacksonville food trucks — regulations that supporters of the mobile eateries say could put the brakes on the city’s food truck scene.

Councilman Reginald Brown has drawn up an ordinance that would limit the number of hours food trucks can operate — no later than midnight and no earlier than 6 a.m. — as well as the areas in which they can operate.

Trucks would be banned within 500 feet of a single-family residential dwelling, a residentially zoned neighborhood, a commercially zoned neighborhood or a residential subdivision. They would also have to be more than 500 feet from city-owned parks, although they could get a permit to waive that restriction.

Trucks could operate only near a curb space, and only where the zoning is commercial or industrial. They would have to be 75 feet from other permitted vendors.

Brown said Tuesday he began to look into food truck regulations after issues with trucks on Lane Avenue and at the intersection of Ray and Cleveland Roads off of Edgewood Avenue on the Westside.

He is holding a public meeting at city hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday to invite public comment on the issue.

Find the entire article at bizjournals.com <here>

on the fly jacksonville food truckJACKSONVILLE, FL – Their dining options range from exotic — sesame seared ahi tuna atop wasabi cabbage slaw — to familiar (sort of) — dijon buttermilk fried chicken and Swedish meatballs.

But you don’t find and enjoy these offerings in fancy restaurants; you chow down outside a brightly colored truck in a parking lot or curbside as part of Jacksonville’s thriving food-truck culture.

Yet trendy trucks, mobile hot-dog counters and fruit stands on wheels can’t serve in Neptune, Atlantic or Jacksonville beaches, since those cities ban them. And some restaurants don’t want them nearby either, according to the “truckies.”

“After setting up a few times and getting shut down, we realized that we weren’t allowed out there,” said Driftwood BBQ chef/owner Patrick O’Grady, who lives just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Atlantic Beach. “Then it was just finding businesses that would accept it and then not think of it as a roach coach coming to set up.”

The beaches should love food trucks, added Corner Taco truck chef/owner Chris Dickerson.

“We live in a free-market society and you can’t have excellence without competition,” the Jacksonville Beach resident said. “Just like any brick-and-mortar restaurant, we provide competition … It is just a natural fit for the beaches.”

There may be light at the end of Beach Boulevard as rules could be changing in Jacksonville Beach. City Manager George Forbes said support is building for a possible City Council vote in January to allow food trucks only on private property with no curbside parking.

Find the entire article by Dan Scanlan at jacksonville.com <here>

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 past weekend from Jacksonville, Birmingham, Houston and Helena.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsNovember 8

Food trucks may be coming to Jacksonville Beach – JACKSONVILLE, FL – They’re tough to miss. The food truck trend is growing and basic economics can possibly explain it. They are in demand.

Johnny Hassan just cut into the business four months ago with his Cravings Mobile Kitchen. A new comer who saw an opportunity.

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Birmingham leaders to vote on mobile vendor ordinance – BIRMINGHAM, AL – Change and regulations are on the way for food truck vendors and other mobile business operators in the city of Birmingham.

The Birmingham City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an ordinance outlining laws for the businesses to follow. The guidelines include hours of operation, zones in which to operate and licensing rules.

Find the entire article <here>

November 9

Foodies unite at Houston’s Food Truck Festival – HOUSTON, TX  – Parked on the southwest side, the city’s favorite food trucks idled together for the 2nd Houston Food Truck Fest at Stereo Live.

The Bayou City rolls quite a few of gourmet food trucks aimed at showcasing the mobile chef driven business. The industry is growing into a close 4% of all restaurant sales…and on Saturday the best held a fest.

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November 10

Chavela’s taco truck owner sees bright future, if he makes it through lean months – HELENA, MT – The owner of Chavela’s is the first to say that operating the mobile Mexican eatery has been a learning experience.

Leon Sanchez, 61, fired up his food truck in July upon retiring from more than 30 years as a postal worker in Helena.

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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 past weekend from Jacksonville, Calgary, Houston and Portland.

September 6

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsJaguars add ‘Food Truck Alley’ outside EverBank Field to game-day experience – JACKSONVILLE, FL – A year after the Jacksonville Jaguars added food trucks to its game-day experience, the team this year is expanding participation from one truck each home game to more than a dozen.

Beginning Sunday, when the Jaguars take on the Kansas City Chiefs, food trucks will park outside EverBank Field along Adams Street Concourse, between parking lots J and M, according to Dan Edwards, the senior vice president of communications for the Jaguars.

Participating trucks this Sunday include: All That Jazz, Baby’s Badass Burgers , Big John’s Crumpy’s Wings & Things, Brucci’s Pizza, Corner Taco, Cravingz Mobile Kitchen , Dagwood’s, Gourmet Aviator, Kona Ice, Monster Burger N’ More, Super Food Truck, Up in Smoke and Wiki-Wiki Hawaiian Shave Ice.

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City rebuffs push for cap on food trucks – CALGARY, CANADA – Eight food trucks was a dandy number for Margie Hope when she launched Blam!Wich as Calgary’s craze began two years ago.

There was competition, but a limited amount, making it easy to find a lunchtime spot. And the novelty of the trucks — just like in Vancouver, Portland, Ore., or other cities — meant business buzzed and the living was easy for Hope and her fellow truck owners.

Find the entire article <here>

September 7

Houston’s controversial food truck festival is getting bigger – HOUSTON, TX – After completing its most successful outing in March, the Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival is adding a fall version to the already crowded range of options that clamor for attention during the time of year when the weather is really, really nice.

There are two major differences with this fall event. First, the parking situation has been dramatically improved. There won’t be shuttles from far away satellite lots. Festival organizers have secured walking-distance parking at both Pin Oak Middle School and Episcopal High School.

Find the entire article <here>

September 8

Portland considers changes to food truck rules – PORTLAND, ME – Portland will consider loosening rules for the operators of food trucks, some of whom say the current regulations make no sense and discourage them from doing business in the city.

A restaurant operator who served on the city’s food truck task force said more food trucks can only make the city more attractive for diners and will boost the local economy. But he said restaurants would be opposed to allowing food trucks to park near their businesses.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – They’re trendy, they’re tasty, and they’re seemingly lining up to park in Jacksonville.

Food trucks are booming in larger cities such as Atlanta, and local vendors have been inquiring about how to set up shop in Jacksonville. Now the City Council plans to consider whether and how to let that happen.

Photo by: Trent Penny

Food trucks have in recent years become popular with customers, and with foodie entrepreneurs who are attracted to the idea of being able to prepare and sell food with lower overhead cost and without being tied to a specific location, following customers to wherever they happen to be hungry. Many rely on social media to let their fans know where to find their favored fare. The trend has spawned Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race; in its latest season, aspiring entrepreneurs competed in such Southern cities as Fayetteville, Ark., and Nashville to win prize money and their own food truck.

As the food truck invasion has hit Alabama, some local governments have looked to regulate the vehicles. Birmingham officials have been working on such an ordinance for months.

In Jacksonville, building inspector Mark Williams said requests “come in spurts — we may have three this week and then we may have none for a long time.” Since he took over as building inspector in 2007, he estimates he’s had at least 20 requests to operate within the city.

City officials are unclear how to handle the requests under the city’s law, said Williams, and he is now looking for direction from the City Council as to how the city should regulate and/or license the mobile establishments.

Find the entire article by Paige Rentz at annistonstar.com <here>


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 Jacksonville, Baltimore, Napa Valley, Columbus, Birmingham and Auburn.

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September 14

Food trucks to appear at Jaguars games – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville food trucks will be a part of the experience at Jacksonville Jaguars games this year.

Jax Truckies and the Jaguars partnered up to create the “Truck of the Week” program at each home game. The truck will park inside the Fan Entertainment Zone inside the stadium’s south end zone starting Sept. 16 when the Houston Texans come to Jacksonville, according to a news release.

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Not everyone in Little Italy loves the food trucks – Baltimore, MD – Not everybody loves those food-truck rallies. Residents in Little Italy received a sarcasm-laced flier in their mailboxes, from parties unknown, protesting the Friday night event in their neighborhood.

The letter is written as if from (fictional) greedy and thoughtless promoters of the event. “Please support us, instead of your local residents.” the letter concludes, “Sincerely, non-property owners/non-renters, non-residents.”

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September 15

City fervor to regulate food trucks cools – Napa Valley, CA – The long-awaited food truck ordinance that had been the talk of the city for more than a year is on the back burner and may not materialize anytime soon, according to city staff.

The issue bubbled up in early 2011 after a food-truck round-up event, Food Truck Fridays, drew the ire of city officials who said it did not comply with city rules and created fresh problems.

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Fat Chicks’ truck slows, Sunflower looks to roll – Columbus, OH – Uncertainty hit Columbia’s food trucking industry this week, with an announcement that the owner of Fat Chicks Chow Wagon was selling her truck and the owners of Sunflower Waffle are leaving Mojo’s to get their truck on the road.

Fat Chick’s Chow Wagon, which opened in March 2011, closed in early July because of mechanical problems with the truck, according to a July 9 tweet from proprietor Lisa Nichols. On Monday, her Facebook post was brief: “For sale. $13,000 :(

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September 16

Simmering food truck debate in Birmingham City Hall – Birmingham, AL – A small convoy of food wagons will pull into Railroad Park today at the first Trucks By the Tracks festival, billed as a celebration of Birmingham’s growing food truck scene.

On Tuesday, though, the Birmingham City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would limit where those food trucks could park and the hours in which they could operate, as well as create an annual fee that some truck vendors say might cause them to move outside the city limits.

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Food Trucks Battling Auburn City Council’s Limitations – Auburn, CA – There’s a feud simmering in Auburn, food trucks versus standing businesses. Now, city council is stepping in. Maria Moreno has quite a following. “I love it. I love my cooking. I love to be with the people and I like it,” said Moreno.

Her food truck, Maria’s Mexican Tacos, attracts a lot of customers in Auburn and is serving as a great source of extra income. “With the economy right now, it’s quiet in the restaurant. I try and go out to pay the bills,” said Moreno. The only problem, there are restrictions on food trucks in downtown and old town Auburn.

“I’m not trying to take away business from everybody,” said Moreno.

Find the entire article <here>


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:

Atlanta, GA

Poor Huey’s

Twitter: @PoorHueys

Serving the best Sabrett hot dogs from Bronx, NY. Located in Woodruff Park downtown ATL for lunch Mon-Fri. Email for private or public catering events!


Vintage Frozen Custard

Twitter: @tastevintage

Vintage Frozen Custard – born in 2012 and is the 1st Frozen Custard – Food Truck in the Metro Atlanta, GA. area bringing you “The Classic Taste of Yesterday”!


Fort Wayne, IN

Affine Foods

Twitter: @affinefoodtruck

Jacksonville, FL

Corner Taco

Twitter: @cornertaco

Handcrafted Tacos


One the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff

Twitter: @ontheflyjax

On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff is a Jacksonville Food Truck stacking, wrapping and rolling some of the best gourmet cold cut sandwiches around.


Miami, FL

Firewall Food Truck

Twitter: @FirewallMiami

Come enjoy our exciting and unique pizzas baked to perfection in our food truck’s wood fired oven!

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Irie Bites MV

Twitter: @IrieBitesMV


Minneapolis, MN


Twitter: @AZCanteen

Andrew Zimmern’s new food truck, coming soon.


New York City, NY

Itizy Ice Cream

Twitter: @ItizyIceCream

Itizy is a new gourmet food truck with a social mission. We make our own ice cream and sorbets in NYC using fresh all natural ingredients.


Philadelphia, PA

Local 215

Twitter: @Local215

Soon to be Philadelphia’s newest food truck. Serving delicious locally sourced traditional American fare. Check out the website for a sneak peek at our menu.


St. Louis, MO

The Cheese Shack

Twitter: @cheeseshack_stl

FOOD TRUCK!!Welcome to the Cheese Shack:)

Texas Christian University, TX

The Big Purple Truck

Twitter: @bptTCU

It’s a food truck! It’s big! It’s purple!


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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