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Apparently this London council committee feels that too many food trucks are paying too little in fees and are parking too close to restaurants. The matter will go to the full council this evening.

LONDON, ONTARIO – A council committee doubled the proposed license fee for a food truck operator and considered whether to put the whole concept off for another year.

On Monday night, the Community and Protective Services Committee again looked at the implications of allowing eateries-on-wheels to operate in the city this summer.  They heard from several restaurant owners who expressed concern about the low-cost, mobile competition from food trucks.  Councillors Judy Bryant and Bill Armstrong pushed to delay the decision until 2015 but the idea was voted down.

Mayor Joe Fontana suggested modifications to the proposed bylaw that were accepted on a vote.  They include:

  • more than doubling the license fee from $1225 to $2620
  • tripling the distance trucks must stay from homes, schools and restaurants to 75m
  • a total of eight trucks, down from twelve

The latest version of the food truck proposal will undergo scrutiny again by full council at their meeting on Tuesday night.

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London Ontario Canada

It appears that Canadian city councils are having the same issues with food trucks as their American counterparts, unfortunately those that argue against them use the same false logic.

LONDON, ONTARIO – A dozen food trucks could be up and running “quickly” in London but city councillors will have to get off the brakes first.

After about two hours of debate the five-member Community and Protective Services Committee voted Monday (April 28) to refer a staff report nearly a year in the making back for further debate at a special meeting before full council convenes next Tuesday (May 6).

At the meeting the committee will consider three revisions to the bylaw that would limit to 12 the number of food truck licences issued in 2014, would see those licences distributed through a lottery (not an auction as was suggested by Ward 4 Councillor Stephen Orser) and would require the program be reviewed in the fall so changes can be made for 2015.

The debate bounced between councillors such as Bill Armstrong, Harold Usher, Denise Brown and Orser who are concerned about putting existing restaurants in the downtown core at risk by flooding the market with unfair competition, and those such as Matt Brown and Nancy Branscombe who cringe at the prospect of losing another food selling season mired in micromanagement, like approving individual menus.

Branscombe could see the green in the grass on both sides of the fence: she said when she travels abroad she “always” eats street food and is eager to see a similar experience in London. But the Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate for London North Centre has no appetite for rushing into an approval and putting pressure on existing businesses.

“I would be feeling very bad in a year if businesses closed because of this.”

Both city bylaw enforcement manager Orest Katolyk and a city solicitor advised the committee that enforcing a menu standard enshrined in a bylaw would be troublesome at best.

Armstrong was more blunt, arguing the politicians have no business telling consumers what they want to eat.

“I find it hard for us to sit here and say let’s decide the menu,” he said. “Who are we?”

Whether councillors decide to wade into menu vetting or not, where they will be allowed to set up shop and how much they will pay the city for the right to do so is up to them.

More than 220 parking spots around the downtown core were recommended for food trucks with rules forbidding them from parking within 100 metres of schools or festivals (as in Victoria Park) or 25 metres from existing restaurants or residential buildings.

That number gave Denise Brown pause; she’s concerned after removing parking spots last summer for outdoor patios, there will be another reason to avoid the downtown if even fewer spots are available.

John Stobie, owner of two Stobie’s Pizza locations downtown, said he welcomes competition as long as there’s a level playing field. After some coaxing he revealed he pays more than $100,000 on the leases for his two locations – a lot more than the $1,225 licence fee a food truck owner would pay.

“I’d love that $1,200 fee.”

Find the entire article at londoncommunitynews.com <here>

Burger Bear LondonLONDON, ENGLAND – A burger food truck in London has become the first food vendor in the UK to accept payments in bitcoin.

Burger Bear, near Silicon Roundabout, accepted payment for a burger worth 0.0131 BTC, which is around £7.50.

The founder of Burger Bear, Tom Reaney, said he had become interested in the digital currency six months ago when he bought a Bitcoin for around $100. After seeing its value rise dramatically, he wanted to promote it as a payment method.

London’s Evening Standard reported that since the sale “dozens of people have flocked to the stall to spend the currency.”

Mr Reaney said: “Many people from the technology scene are really keen to make transactions. I’ve got people from all around the world now wanting to buy my burgers. There aren’t many things you can physically spend your coins on so people want to come and play with their imaginary money.”

The customer pays using their digital wallet, and scans the Burger Bear’s QR code to transfer the payment.

Burger Bear’s Reaney plans to continue to take bitcoin payments from customers. Since starting his street food venture in May 2012, he has experimented with other unconventional payment systems, including the mobile app-based credit card payment processing software iZettle. The app allows vendors to accept credit card payments on an ad hoc basis, meaning they wouldn’t need to sign up for an account with a payment processor to take card payments. It also replaced credit card readers with a mobile app that worked on tablets and smartphones.

“I was the first person to take mobile payments with iZettle in London, and [taking bitcoin] is just about following the trend and staying digital,” he said.

Reaney said he risked everything to start Burger Bear, quitting his job in event production and pouring his life’s savings into it. But the venture has grown from strength to strength. He said his beefy creations are in the finals of the London Burger Bash to win the coveted Golden Patty Award.

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 Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, New York and London.


November 9

D.C. food truck owners steamed over proposed parking rules – WASHINGTON DC – The language in question from the District’s proposed vending regulations sounds innocuous enough: Food trucks may not vend from a parking spot adjacent to an “unobstructed sidewalk” that is “less than ten feet (10 ft.) wide in the Central Business District.”

But since the publication of the proposed regulations in October, members of the D.C. Food Truck Association have been trying to determine what those words could mean for their businesses. And what they’ve learned has unnerved them: Eight of the 10 most popular food truck destinations downtown do not technically comply with the proposed rule as written, according to research done by the association.

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Despite the Cold Weather, Food Trucks to Remain Open Year-Round at SoWa – BOSTON, MA – SoWa Open Market celebrated its last hurrah of 2012 in October, but one of the best parts of the market is staying open all winter.

Beginning Sunday, November 11th, local food trucks will flock to SoWa for a year-long Food Truck Court every Sunday. The trucks will be stationed inside the restored power station at 540 Harrison Ave, so you can enjoy your food truck fare safe from the elements of New England’s winter.

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November 10

Grand Hyatt SF Debuts New Restaurant and Food Truck – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Marking the near completion of the hotel’s multi-phased $70 million dollar renovation, Grand Hyatt San Francisco is introducing OneUP Restaurant & Lounge, a CCS Architecture-designed open kitchen restaurant and upscale bar, slated to open on Nov. 14, 2012. Grand Hyatt San Francisco will also provide a cuisine preview with the launch the city’s first hotel-operated food truck, delivering a sampling of OneUP’s Northern California-influenced, American bistro cuisine across the city.

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Food Trucks to the Rescue – NEY YORK, NY – As Hurricane Sandy spread its path of destruction in New York City, there was suddenly an urgent need for a fleet of expensively equipped, city-inspected, self-sufficient mobile food-delivery vehicles that could flee to high ground during the flooding and the winds, then drive to dispense hot meals to the hungry in devastated neighborhoods.

That exotic vehicle already existed. It is called the food truck.

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November 11

Street Food Everywhere and Not a Pitch in Sight – LONDON, ENGLAND – It is no secret that street food in London is thriving. Every month new traders hit the scene with mind boggling new concepts and taste combinations crazy enough to make Heston think twice. And almost every time we trade someone else comes up to the van asking how we got going, how we make it work, what advice we have for someone looking to jack in their day job and make their living from food. Just the other day we gave a talk at an Escape the City event to one hundred food-preneurs about quitting the office and taking those first daunting steps to starting our own business.

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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.


This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Taco Buggy

Twitter: @TacoBuggy

Gourmet Taco Truck feeding the hungry streets of Atlanta

Bellevue, WA

Six Coins Mobile

Twitter: @sixcoinsmobile

We are an Eastside based Japanese food truck! Pop in whenever you get the chance. We are looking forward to seeing you ^_^


Cleveland, OH


Twitter: @pigaliscious1

A food truck feeding Cleveland one sandwich at a time. It’s All Good.

Dutchess County, NY


Twitter: @mealmobile

Fully cooked meals ready to go when you are.


London, England


Twitter: @ambrientolondon

1950’s Global-Mex Taco Truck


Los Angeles, CA

!Stop Guac n Roll!

Twitter: @stopguacnroll

LA’s 1st Mexican BBQ Fusion Food Truck!


Miami, FL

Don Chuzzo

Twitter: @DonChuzzo

Food Truck Incorporating a Fusion of Colombian And Other Flavors Creating Insatiable Appetites Everywhere!! Follow Us For Upcoming Events & Locations!!


El Jibarito

Twitter: @ElJibarito1

El Jibarito will be joining South Florida’s food truck craze with a taste of Chicago. We will be serving a variety of the best dishes from the Windy City!!

Orlando, FL

Mayan Grill

Twitter: @mayangrill2012

Authentic Central American Cuisine Food Truck specializing in PUPUSAS, stuffed tortillas Salvadoran style. Pork, chicken, Vegetarian and Vegan alternatives


Rochester, NY

Wraps on Wheels

Twitter: @WrapsonWheels

Experience the Lighter Choice with Healthy, Delicious Tastes from our Mobile Food Truck. All Our Wraps Feature Fresh, Locally Grown Produce


Troy, NY

Slidin’ Dirty

Twitter: @Slidin_Dirty

Slidin’ Dirty is a gourmet food truck serving sliders and tapas style cuisine beginning in 2012. We also provide full service catering. slidindirty@yahoo.com.


Vancouver, Canada

Drank Truck

Twitter: @DrankTruck

Drank Truck is going to be a mobile food and snack truck offering local, organic and healthy fruit juices and foods.



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


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.


This week’s new entries are:

Greenville, SC

Neue Southern Truck

Twitter: @NeueSouthern

Pronounced Noy-ah Southern. Bringing you Greenville’s first mobile gourmet food truck.


Houston, TX

The Dragon Truck

Twitter: @TheDragonTruck

The Dragon Truck will be serving creative, delicious and affordable fusion food. We would love the opportunity to WOW you with our tasty food.


Lake County, IL

Cheese Force One

Twitter: @cheeseforce

Lake County, Illinois first mobile gourmet food truck, with gourmet cheese in killer toasted cheese sandwiches!


Lighthouse Point, FL

Ken’s Weenie Wagon

Twitter: @kensweeniewago1



London, England

Spit and Roast

Twitter: @SpitandRoast

East London’s premier rotisserie van. Only the very best ingredients. Oh, and ridiculously good buttermilk fried chicken…


Minneapolis, MN

No Name Food Truck

Twitter: @NoNameFoodTruck

No Name’s food truck brings the taste of premium meats & seafoods you love from the freezer to the streets of the Twin Cities.


Schenectady, NY

Wandering Dago

Twitter: @WanderingDago

Think Local. Eat Local. Serving it up truckside


Spokane, WA

Phat Truck

Twitter: @PHAT_Truck



Tyson’s Corner, VA

Good Grubbin’

Twitter: @Good_Grubbin

A fajita food truck in NoVa, serving the Tyson’s, Reston, Herndon and LoCo.


Washington DC

El Fuego

Twitter: @elFuegoDc

Bringing delicous authentic Peruvian cuisine to a curb near you! DM for bookings or special events. Let us put your hunger fires out!

Mac’s Donuts

Twitter: @macsdonuts

Donuts, hot cider, food cart, Arlington, Eastern Market, stick-o-donuts

Pinup Panini

Twitter: @pinuppanini



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

Food trucks may be trendy now but the concept is hardly new. Since the turn of the century, hungry workers have counted on mobile vans and stalls lining city streets to provide cheap, filling fixes. Today, the lack of capital for brick-and-mortar restaurants has inspired a surge of chefs to turn old trucks and buses into curbside culinary destinations. The contemporary food truck scene runs deep in the USA, but if you’re traipsing the streets of Europe craving a roving kitchen that can knock your socks off, here are a few spots to try on this side of the pond.



When in London, make a beeline to the food truck mecca, Eat St. (www.eat.st) at Kings Cross. Seven days a week, London’s best mobile merchants flock here to dish out everything from Japanese-style hot dogs smothered in wasabi-mayo to old-school English pies to Korean fusion street food. Look out for Kimchi Cult (www.kimchicult.com) and their infamous kimchi sliders (a mini beef burger topped with kimchi), or Yum Bun’s pillowy-soft steamed buns bursting with slow roasted pork belly (www.yumbun.co.uk). Visit Eat St.’s website for a full schedule of which vendors are due to roll in each day.
Find the entire article by Caitlin Zaino at lonelyplanet.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 Miami Beach, Philadelphia,Calgary, Atlanta and London.

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May 11

Food Trucks to Roll On Miami Beach – MIAMI BEACH, FL – The City of Miami Beach will allow a limited number of food truck roundups, starting as early as June. The issue of having food trucks on Miami Beach was pushed back many times, as local restaurants felt it would take away business.

On May 9, the Miami Beach City Commission moved forward with a long-discussed (and fiercely debated) pilot food truck program in North Beach.

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In Philadelphia, Food Trucks are Rolling – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Food trucks used to be fleeting purveyors of adventurous cuisine, so hard to locate that following the right Twitter feed was the only way to find them. Now, they are a nearly inescapable part of the culinary landscape in many cities, as common as trucker hats once were among their clientele.

In fact, the indie food-truck operators who tweet their location of the day to those in the know in Philadelphia have been retweeted by the likes of Le Meridien, a luxury hotel in Center City across from a plaza where many trucks set up.

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May 12

Calgary food trucks kicking in to high gear this summer – CALGARY, CANADA – In less than a year, the number of food trucks will have more than tripled with no signs of slowing down.

What began as a pilot project last year is now entering in to the third and final phase, with several new trucks set to hit the scene in the coming weeks.

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Food truck park bustling again after truck operators fall in line with city –  ATLANTA, GA – One week after the Atlanta Food Truck Park shut down when four truck operators were cited by police, the trucks and customers have returned to what has become a popular gathering point on Howell Mill Road at Interstate 75 north.

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May 13

Running a food truck offers satisfaction, but not without hard work – NATIONAL – Last year, author Jennifer Lewis surveyed 539 food truck owners across the country with a simple question: Are you happy that you’re doing this? Ninety-seven percent said they wouldn’t want to do anything else. But an almost equal number reported that the business is harder than they had expected.

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Let’s get this food truck on the road – LONDON, ENGLAND – ALTHOUGH not famed for its native cuisine, London has profited from its openness to outside culinary influences, allowing the capital to punch above its weight. Food is big business – the hospitality industry employs around 2.5m people in the UK. But times change. If London wants to keep up it must embrace innovation – including of the kind that drives into town in a truck.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – The HMS Flake 99 is an amphibious ice cream truck that serves delicious treats up and down the Thames river in London, complete with the melodic tones of more land-based machines. The craft was commissioned to honor the UK’s National Ice Cream week back in June. Might we suggest, the HMS Flake 99 might head to Venice?

Back here in the States, how long before we see  a U.S.S. Good Humor floating along the waterways of the US?

Vans are serving up classy dishes from authentic burritos to luxury chocolates. Alice-Azania Jarvis steps aboard.

It is midday on Leather Lane and the heavens have opened. Stall holders lurk, limply, eyeing the empty market. The frequently bustling corner of London has been emptied of its usual custom by the sudden downpour. All, that is, apart from a corner patch mid-way down the cobbled street. With the smell of chilli and coriander hanging in the air and a queue of at least a dozen customers, the Daddy Donkey burrito truck is still very much in business.

In the six years since its inception as – in the company’s words – “a rickety stand” on Brick Lane, east London, Daddy Donkey has won a loyal following among the city’s lunchers. Joel Henderson, the business’s owner and founder, showed me photos, taken on his phone, of customers queuing in December’s heavy snow. “It was so good to see that,” he enthuses. “Just the fact that people are willing to make the effort for our food. It’s great.”

Henderson and his team – a core staff of five-odd cooks, servers and burrito-rollers, plus several freelance or shorter term members – cope well with the demand. Joining the waiting masses, I’m giving my order in less than a minute: A Daddy D Burrito with carnitas. Huge, crammed with slow-cooked pork shoulder, rice, black beans, salsa, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole, it is a lot of food for £5.50; good food, too. Spicy, saucy and piping hot in its tinfoil parcel, the Daddy D is a pretty faultless meal for a rainy lunchtime. We were advised that we ca find some coupon codes on couponcodes4u.com, which is a great resource of coupon codes by the way.

My fellow diners don’t linger. They head back – frequently with multiple orders in hand – to eat at their desks. In warmer weather things might be different, though the portability of Joel’s creations is part of their appeal. Indeed it is one reason why the food truck has become an increasingly visible presence on the British high street. With food-on-the-hoof an ever-expanding market it was just a matter of time until the burger van got a gourmet makeover.

“I’ve always found it incredibly frustrating when I’ve been running around town and there’s nothing good that you can eat in a hurry,” agrees Mark Jankel. Formerly head chef at the Notting Hill Brassiere, Jankel established the Street Kitchen food truck alongside Jun Tanaka, executive chef at London’s Pearl restaurant, last year. The pair made their debut at the London Restaurant Festival. “Our concept was basically to take the techniques we employ as Michelin-trained chefs and simplify. For us, it was all about good local produce. Everything was British. Our veg would arrive at midnight and then we’d be serving it the next day. People could really taste it.”

Jankel and Tanaka spent October dishing out classic bistro-style dishes – hot-smoked salmon, braised beef, artichoke soup – at easily affordable prices. The result was a runaway success with the public and plans are afoot to establish a more-permanent set-up this year. “We’ve just got a production kitchen and by the end of the year we’d like to have two vans in the city.”

Together with Henderson, Jankel and Tanaka represent a small part of the revolution in British street food. Alongside the gourmet farmers’ markets that populate the weekends, the food truck offers a whole new way to enjoy eating on the go. And they’re not alone in their adventures; a growing community of mobile street vendors is carving out its place on the British culinary landscape.

Britain’s best food trucks

Daddy Donkey

Doling out warming, authentic Mexican food to the masses, Daddy Donkey prides itself on using locallysourced produce from small-scale producers. Renowned for their spicy burritos, no trip to Leather Lane is complete without a visit.

Brewed Boy

Not every coffee cart can claim to offer some of the best cappuccinos in London – but Brewed Boy is the exception. Founded by former journalist and photographer Rob Lockyear, Rupert Street’s pavement coffee stand has a loyal following amon g Soho foodies.

The Meat Wagon

First a cult success, then a full-on foodie craze, Yianni Papoutsis’s Peckham burger van attracts diners from across the city. This year Papoutsis temporarily set up shop on the first floor of New Cross’ Goldsmiths Tavern. The “meateasy” café swifty became a go-to point for carnivores, choc- a-block every day of the week.

Stoats Porridge

Beloved by students at the city’s numerous universities, Stoats has been offering early birds a nutritious breakfast since 2004. As well as its delicious organic porridge, Stoats makes a selection of cereals and breakfast bars sold by specialists across Scotland.

La Grotta Ices

Kitty Travers’s ice-cream hit the headlines when she was selected as one of 100 chefs to feature in Coco, a round up of the world’s brightest culinary stars. Winner of the “Best of the Best” gong at the British Street Food Awards, her flavours range from almond milk to damson, grape and caramelised cobnuts. A regular at foodie festivals, the summertime sees her parked in Maltby Street, Bermondsey.


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