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LINCOLN, NE - It’s the grub of the road. Meals on wheels. Cuisine on the run.

Lincoln’s food trucks seem to be less numerous than those in bustling cities, but owners expect them to continue expanding in size and variety.

“It’s new,” El Rancho employee, Daniel Alejandro Melendez said about Lincoln’s food truck culture. “Inside in the restaurant, when I speak with Latino clients, they tell me that Chicago and New York have a bunch of taco trucks… It’s new, but I think it’s going to grow up.”

At this point, a proposed city ordinance may be the only roadblock standing in the way of these mobile kitchens’ success. The plan would allow trucks to park at certain downtown meters, after paying a $50 annual tax, a $25-per-employee fee, covering $500,000 in liability insurance, a $50 annual city permit, in addition to $10 per day for the metered spot. Designated parking spots would need to be at least half a block from downtown restaurants, but the Nebraska Restaurant Association still isn’t happy with the proposal, according to a recent Lincoln Journal Star article.

However, until the ordinance passes, food trucks are stuck vending only on private property.

“Right now, with the ordinance being the way it is, it’s kind of limiting a lot of people from opening up food trucks,” Heoya employee Charles Nguyen said.

Helping each other along the way, Lincoln’s food truck owners are trying to pave their way to success. Four trucks in particular seem to be leading the pack.

Find the entire article by Cara Wilwerding at dailynebraskan.com <here>

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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 Natick, Houston, Lincoln, Malibu and Peachtree.

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November 2

Natick selectmen considering food truck policy – NATICK, MA - As food trucks grow in popularity, selectmen are considering developing a policy for the mobile food vendors.

Selectmen Chairman Paul Joseph said an out-of-town vendor has approached the town about setting up during the downtown farmer’s market. That prompted a discussion with Natick Center Associates representatives about food trucks and their potential effect on existing restaurants, Joseph said during the board’s Thursday’s meeting.

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Popular food truck offers free pizza for life — if you tattoo a logo design on your body – HOUSTON, TX - If you love pizza and body art, Pi Pizza Truck has a deal for you.

In celebration of his first anniversary in business, Pi Pizza owner Anthony Calleo has teamed up with Scorpion Studios tattoo artist Gabe Massey, coming up with a slate of Pi-branded tattoo designs that will earn anyone who inks them on their body free pizza for life.

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November 3

Mobile Food Stand Robbed Overnight – LINCOLN, NE - Employees at El Rancho Mobile Restaurant were robbed overnight at gunpoint.

According to Lincoln Police Captain Jason Stille, a man walked up to the El Rancho food truck at 100 N.27th Street, just after 1:00 Saturday morning. He pointed a gun and demanded cash.

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Malibu Crackdown on Food Trucks in the Works – MALIBU, CA - With complaints about food trucks and other mobile vendors on the rise in Malibu, the Malibu City Council is set to discuss the city’s options in putting more restrictions on the businesses later this month.

Councilwoman Laura Zahn Rosenthal said she is in favor of enforcing laws already in place that regulate food trucks and other mobile vendors.

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November 4

PTC working on food truck rules – PEACHTREE, GA - An ordinance laying out rules for mobile food trucks was approved by the Peachtree City Planning Commission at its Oct. 22 meeting.

But the commission is recommending that food trucks be limited to those operated by restaurants that already exist in the city, which might defeat the purpose of the food truck initiative. Food trucks are a nationwide trend as a way to offer food in a given area that may not currently be offered by traditional restaurants.

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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 Greensboro, Plano, Del Mar, Paris and Lincoln.

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October 26

Food Trucks cooking up success in downtown Greensboro – GREENSBORO, NC - Just a few weeks into Greensboro’s pilot program for Food Trucks downtown, a marketing company says they will be recommending them as a permanent fixture to the city.

The Sales Factory is surveying customers and gathering information about the food trucks the city is allowing on Commerce Place downtown for the month of October.

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Plano may become food truck friendly – PLANO, TX - Food trucks are one of the fastest-growing dining trends in Texas.

The mobile kitchens dish out everything from Vietnamese Bánh mì sandwiches loaded with grilled pork and daikon radish to baked potatoes with blue cheese and buffalo chicken on top. If it has been dreamed up, there is probably a food truck in DFW that specializes in selling it.

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October 27

Food truck trend drawing scrutiny – DEL MAR, CA - After receiving a number of complaints from local businesses, Del Mar is taking a closer look at food trucks that recently rolled into town.

Since Oct. 10, six food trucks have been operating at Seagrove Parking Lot from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

Members of the brick-and-mortar business community have raised a number of concerns, from design-review requirements to noise and smells to, most notably, competition.

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Food truck event hits streets of Paris – PARIS, FRANCE - In a sign that the food truck phenomenon is no passing fad in Paris – the unofficial gastronomic capital of the food world – an influential culinary group has invited food truck operators from Copenhagen to New York to turn the courtyard of a historic building into a makeshift dining parking lot.

The two-day event called La Pompe à Bulles et les Délicatrucks is organized by food guide and festival organizer Le Fooding, a group that could be described as the antithesis to the white-gloved, silver service world of fine dining.

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Owners of food trucks want better access to downtown spots – LINCOLN, NE - Launching a restaurant used to require the right location, a bank loan and a gambler’s tolerance for risk.

Now it seems like it takes just four wheels and a couple of Crock-Pots.

Imaginative chefs have driven food trucks far beyond the land of corn dogs and cotton candy, making mobile cuisine a popular trend on the coasts and on food television. They have been slower to arrive in the Midwest, but Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs have all seen growth in food truck numbers the past three years.

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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.

Soups in the Loop

This week’s new entries are:

Chicago, IL

Soups In The Loop

Twitter: @SoupsInTheLoop

Let’s Get Soupy! Soups in the Loop is a mobile food truck rolling through the streets of Chicago bringing you heartwarming meals in a cup!

http://www.SoupsintheLoop.com

Dickenson, ND

Rolling Stove

Twitter: @RollingStoveND

http://www.rollingstovefoodtruck.com

Honolulu, HI

Aloha Bowls

Twitter: @AlohaBowls

Live Healthy

Lincoln, NE

Serendipities Cupcakes

Twitter: @DipitiesTruck

http://serendipitiescupcakes.com/

Los Angeles, CA

Trailer Park Truck

Twitter: @TrailerParkTruk

Not Your Mama’s Home Cookin’!

http://www.TrailerParkTruck.com

Milwaukee, WI

jeppa joes

Twitter: @jeppajoes

Milwaukee food cart featuring tasty local ingredients

http://jeppajoes.com

Orange County, CA

Ninjas With Appetite

Twitter: @NWAtruck

Im a Ninja with an Appetite thanks to ya’ll!!

http://www.facebook.com/NWAtruck

St. Louis, MO

Completely Sauced

Twitter: @saucedonwheels

On the streets of St. Louis

Hot Aztec

Twitter: @HotAztec

We are a family owned mobile food truck in St. Louis. Serving authentic Mexican street food using natural ingredients and family recipes.

http://www.hotaztec.com

2 Girls 4 Wheels

Twitter: @2girls4wheels

Serving gateway grub while showing St. Louis love. One of the newest Stl Food Trucks to hit the streets.

http://www.2girls4wheels.com/

Vancouver, Canada

Guanaco Food Truck

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Coming soon to Vancouver Downtown a Salvadorian Food Truck. Our main food choice is Pupusas, topped off with curtido and fresh tomato based salsa.

http://facebook.com/guanacotruck2

Pig On The Street

Twitter: @Pigonthestreet

We are all about bringing great food to Vancouver, keeping it locally produced, humanely treated and using BACON, all from our Westfalia foodtruck!

http://www.pigonthestreet.com

Washington DC

DC Ballers

Twitter: @DcBallers

Falafel & fries w/ different dipping sauce, is the bew addition to DC food truck feasta!!

http://dcballerstruck.com

 

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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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.

Mighty Meatballs

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Mighty Meatballs

Twitter: @Mighty_Meatball

Atlanta, Georgia’s premier meatball sandwich food truck!

http://mightymeatballs.com

Sandwich Buddha

Twitter: @SandwichBuddha

Awesome food truck serving up great Sandwiches, Soups and Honest Tea. Come get your Karma on the Go.

http://www.sandwichbuddha.com

Cleveland, OH

Fired Up Taco Truck

Twitter: @fireduptacos

Brian Finks and Gaven Rupert turned a S.W.A.T TRUCK into a food truck, to bring exciting, bold flavors to the customer on the move.

http://fireduptacotruck.com

Lincoln, NE

GUP Kitchen

Twitter: @eatgroundup

GUP is a mobile cuisine based in Lincoln, Nebraska combining scratch cooking and local ingredients to provide a unique experience for everyone.

http://eatgroundup.com/

Minneapolis, MN

Stanley’s On Wheels

Twitter: @stanleyswheels

Stanley’s on Wheel’s serves food from @stanleysbarroom in NE Minneapolis including Smoked BBQ Brisket, Brisket Nachos, Pretzel Sticks & more!

http://www.stanleysonwheels.com

Phoenix, AZ

Buzz n bee

Twitter: @buzznbeezfood

Our food truck has awesome soul food and favorite dishes from around the world: Jamaican, Indian,Thai Facebook: buzznbeezfood or call 480-463-7893

http://BuzznbeezGoodFood.com

Seattle, WA

Tokyo Dog

Twitter: @tokyodogtweets

Japanese Style Hot Dogs

http://www.tokyodog.com

Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile

Twitter: @Melt_Mobile

We are a gourmet grilled cheese truck specializing in creative, comforting sandwiches.

http://www.meltmobilect.com

Washington DC

Bayou Bros

Twitter: @bayoubros

Bringing the authentic taste of Louisiana to D.C. and Virginia

http://www.bayoubros.com

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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LINCOLN, NE - In the interest of nurturing a more vibrant, eclectic and interesting city, city officials ought to come up with new regulations that would allow vendor food trucks to ply their wares on Lincoln streets.

They wouldn’t have to work too hard.

Food trucks are mainstays at cities from coast to coast.

There’s even a show — “Eat Street” — on the Cooking Channel that aims to find “the very best curbside eats all over North America.”

So far, the list includes food trucks like the G’raj Mahal in Austin, Texas, Marination Mobile in Seattle, the Frysmith Truck in Los Angeles and the Feastro Rolling Bistro on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Food truck cuisine includes everything from the dubious Redonkadonk — a burger, fried egg, spam, ham, turkey and bacon between two grilled cheese sandwiches, served by the Brunch Box in Portland, Ore. — to the frog legs in curry, truffle boeuf bourguignon and fois grois torchon on toast from Spencer on the Go in San Francisco.

In Lincoln, the food truck issue is being pushed by Minh Nguyen, who was ticketed last month when his Heoya’s Food Truck was ticketed at Centennial Mall and M Street for parking on a public street longer than 10 minutes.

“We want to bring something new and exciting, kind of hip, to Lincoln,” he told the Journal Star.

Nguyen, who owns the truck with his wife, Linda, and friend Yao Hua, sells what he refers to as Asian fusion food, including items such as a Vietnamese steak hoagie and a Korean barbecue taco. The truck has a fryer and charbroiler.

When he was able to cater to the downtown lunch crowd at the convenient Centennial Mall location, Nguyen had started to attract steady customers.

Since the city cracked down on his operation, Nguyen has been forced to arrange parking space on private property outside the immediate downtown area.

Nguyen is using various methods, including a petition drive, to drum up support for revising city ordinances on food trucks. He said he hopes a City Council member will introduce legislation to allow food trucks.

City Council member Jon Camp has questioned whether food trucks would have an unfair competitive advantage over restaurants that pay real estate taxes, but added that he is open to discussion on the issue.

City officials need to loosen up. Judging from experience in other cities, food trucks would bring appealing variety to the gastronomic scene in the Capital City. Let ‘em roll.

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