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the grind louisville food truck

LOUISVILLE, KY – The latest venture from food truck owners Liz and Jesse Huot now has a name and a slightly more definitive opening date.

The Huots have traversed Louisville for about three years, selling burgers in a food truck they dubbed Grind. Now they will settle down, so to speak, in a storefront at 3311 Preston Highway, near the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The location was most recently occupied by Oasis Sushi and Soul Karaoke Bar.

The restaurant will be called Grind Burger Kitchen and will feature the same burgers that are offered on the food truck. The bricks-and-mortar location also will sell fries and new vegetarian options.

The couple plan a soft opening after the Kentucky Derby.

Find the entire article at bizjournals.com <here>

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Food Truck News

In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Lexington, Waco, Louisville and Boca Raton.

March 28

Lexington Food Trucks Raise Money for Hit-and-Run Victim - LEXINGTON, KY - An owner of a Lexington food truck is getting help from some fellow vendors to help pay her medical expenses from a hit-and-run accident.

Police said Barbara Screeney had just gotten off the bus to walk to her home on Frankfort Pike late last year, when a driver passed the bus and hit her from behind without stopping.

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Food truck craze expands in downtown Waco – WACO, TX - More tasty bites are being served in downtown Waco as new food trucks capitalize on the increased development and activity in the area.

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March 29

Entrepreneurs learn how to start a food truck - LOUISVILLE, KY - Dozens of people are crammed into a classroom. Many of them are there for the same reason.

“I’ve always thought a restaurant was kind of a pipe dream because of the expense involved, so when food trucks started coming out on the scene, I thought I think this is something I can do,” food truck owner Laura Buchanan said.

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March 30

Food Trucks to Rally for LLS – BOCA RATON, FL - If you haven’t yet hopped on the food truck bandwagon, here’s a chance to do it for a good cause. (Not that filling your belly isn’t.)

It’s the first food truck rally to be held in West Palm Beach, and it will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Find the entire article <here>

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louisville food truck grades

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LOUISVILLE, KY - Max Balliet’s Holy Mole food truck has been inspected six times this year, passing the health department review without fail.

Still, he hears the uninformed slights and innuendo — food trucks are dirty, messy, fly-by-night grease pits, potential salmonella breeders on wheels.

That’s why nobody is happier than Balliet that Louisville is now requiring the city’s 49 registered food truck vendors to post health grades in their windows.

“Being able to display our score is a good thing,” he said Monday. “Right now there’s no way for us to prove we’ve been inspected at all.”

Louisville’s Department of Public Health and Wellness has always required food trucks to follow the same health regulations as restaurants. But, until now, they haven’t had to participate in the ABC Food Placard Program, the system that displays brightly colored letter grades based on cleanliness and food handling.

The grades range from an A, meaning the food vendor meets all the state requirements and has no critical violations, to a C, indicating the facility doesn’t meet code and must have a follow-up inspection.

The public should expect to see placards on food trucks during the next several months, as food inspectors make their regular rounds, city officials said.

The growing popularity of food trucks — the city only had three in 2006 and has added 12 more this year —

Find the entire article by Mark Boxley at The Courier-Journal  <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 past weekend from Washington DC, Louisville, Victor and College Park.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsOctober 4

Some Food Trucks Shut Down Along With the Government – WASHINGTON DC - When PORC food truck hit the streets on Tuesday, co-owner Josh Saltzman gave his crew specific instructions: Don’t to go anywhere near a government building. L’Enfant Plaza, normally one of the most popular food truck destinations, has become a lunchtime ghost town amid the government shutdown. Instead, PORC headed to Franklin Park. But that wasn’t much better. PORC did about half of the business it normally does, ultimately losing money for the day.

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Health Dept. Official: Goal is to Introduce Food Truck Letter Grades by Year-End – LOUISVILLE – KY - The Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness’s goal is to introduce letter grades for food trucks by the end of 2013.

“They [food truck operators] had suggested that they wanted to move forward with it. We had committed to try to get something rolled out this calendar year,” said Matthew Rhodes, deputy director of the health department. “That’s still what our goal is.”

October 5

Food trucks permitted in Victor with conditions - VICTOR, ID - In the third installment of public hearings, the Victor City Council passed an ordinance that permits food trucks and other mobile businesses as long-term, temporary businesses under a combination of conditions. The mobile business must be paired with an existing business that is located in the city’s service commercial or general business zones and a quarter mile from the central business zone. Also, it may not front Hwys. 33 or 31.

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October 6

A new hope for campus food – COLLEGE PARK, MD - A campus’s food can make or break a student’s decision to attend a university. With two standard dining halls, 251 North’s all-you-care-to-eat dining, Stamp Student Union’s sizable food court, Adele’s sit-down restaurant and takeout and a host of cafes and convenience stores, the university provides enough variety to fit nearly any student’s lifestyle. And should students find Dining Services’ offerings not to their liking, a wide-ranging selection of restaurants lie just off the campus on Route 1.

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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 Louisville, Grand Rapids, Fresno and Golden Valley.

September 13

OTW LogoHealth Dept. Official: Food Truck Letter Grades ‘Should Be a Reality’ - LOUISVILLE, KY - “Potentially so, yes,” said Matthew Rhodes, deputy director of Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness, when asked if he saw food trucks being able to receive letter grades as brick-and-mortar restaurants do. “We have discussed some of the pros and cons. Just the primary concern is that they are a mobile operation. And if we can overcome that obstacle, which I think that we can, it should be a reality sometime in the near future.”

In mid-August, food truck operators and health department representatives met for the second time in the wake of WAVE 3 Troubleshooter (pew pew) Eric Flack’s reports about possible health-code concerns involving food trucks.
“We just talked about different things that would be required in order for them [the trucks] to comply with A-B-C regulations, as well as some policy changes that would be necessary on our part and some programmatic concerns,” Rhodes said.

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Planning Commission approves request to allow food trucks downtown – GRAND RAPIDS, MI - On September 12, the Planning Commission passed the request of the special land use of food concessions on the corner of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. This was the first request for food concessions on private land in the downtown area. The request was made by Randy Van Antwerp, the Deputy Director of Administration and CFO of the GRAM.

The proposed location was the southwest corner between Rosa Parks Circle and the GRAM. The location is approximately 68 feet by 75 feet. The food trucks would be allowed on a yearly basis and would be permitted to be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursday. On the weekend, hours extend to 11 p.m.

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September 14

Food Truck Explosion – FRESNO, CA - Just before 6:30p.m. Friday a food truck exploded on the field of Fresno Christian. Three people were injured and investigators say it could have been far worse.

People gathered for a high school football game at Fresno Christian and watched in shock as a trailer exploded and was reduced to a pile of rubble.

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September 15

Share in it all Food Truck: Donate to help end hunger in the Twin Cities - GOLDEN VALLEY, MN - September is Hunger Action Month and KARE 11 is partnering with Coborns and Second Harvest Heartland in a unique effort to help end hunger in the Twin Cities.

The Share in it all Food Truck is a Coborns Delivers vehicle that works like a food truck in reverse. Instead of providing food for the public to purchase, the truck will be in three metro locations during month of September collecting food and cash donations to support the work of Second Harvest HeartlandOnline donations to this cause are also accepted.

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white-castle-food truckWhite Castle is getting ready to serve its square-shaped sliders on wheels with the planned launch later this month of two food trucks in Louisville, Ky., and Columbus, Ohio, where the company is based.

The so-called CraveMobiles will be available only for events at first—that includes weddings, in case either Harold or Kumar are planning to tie the knot—while company officials determine exactly where the trucks will be stationed, says Jamie Richardson, a White Castle vice president. Once regular locations are mapped out, the trucks will likely stay open 24 hours, just like almost all of White Castle’s brick-and-mortar stores. Richardson says the food-truck menu, although not yet finalized, will include three variations on the chain’s signature sliders and might see items not available in stores, such as salty caramel fries.

The ability to easily test new products is part of what prompted White Castle to jump on the food-truck trend that has swept through big U.S. cities in recent years. Richardson described the trucks as a “strategic tool to test new items and look at various sites for new restaurants. We can see how welcoming a neighborhood is” before investing in a new location. It’s also a play for millennial customers, who are frequent customers of White Castle, according to Technomic research, and who have increasingly flocked to food trucks.

White Castle, which is privately held, currently has a few more than 400 restaurants in 12 states, mainly in the Midwest, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, and Tennessee. All locations are company-owned. The chain’s revenue in 2012 was $630 million, of which roughly 15 percent came from its frozen burger line sold in grocery stores, says Richardson.

Other chains have experimented with food trucks as marketing platforms and “rolling test kitchens,” including Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Applebee’s and Sizzler. A National Restaurant Association survey found 6 percent of quick-service restaurants and 4 percent of fast-casual restaurants operated food trucks.

While Richardson does not disclose how much the company has invested in the trucks, he says they have “great potential and are a real worthwhile investment.” White Castle expects the trucks to pay back in less than 18 months. It might depend on how many weddings they book.

Find the original article by Venessa Wong 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 five years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the world. 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.

jerk 312 food truck chicago

This week’s new entries are:

BALTIMORE, MD

Busia’s Kitchen

Twitter: @busiaskitchen

Busia’s Kitchen Food Truck Serves a Wide Variety of Delicious Menu Items. Polish Cuisine is our Specialty 443-955-0867 (call or text us)

http://busiaskitchen.com

Wheyich Food Truck

Twitter: @wheyich

Wheyich (witch) is a food truck located in downtown Baltimore serving artisanal cheesy sandwiches. Our goal is to provide great tasting food with a smile.

wheyich.com

CHICAGO, IL

Jerk 312

Twitter: @Jerk312

We’re Jerk. – A Modern Jamaican Grill and a new mobile dining experience coming to Chicago. Follow us if you love a little Jerk!

http://www.jerk312.com

DENVER, CO

Maui Shave Ice

Twitter: @COshaveicetruck

Serving Denver the finest Shave Ice in the Rockies!

mauishaveice.info

FORT WORTH, TX

Sauzy’s Food Truck

Twitter: @sauzysfoodtruck

GRANTS PASS, OR

Your Wingman

Twitter: @Your_Wingman_

Food cart specializing in amazing chicken wings!

LOUISVILLE, KY

GET IT ON A BUN

Twitter: @BOOTYS2

PARIS, FRANCE

Le Camion Gourmand

Twitter: @CamionGourmand

C’est une histoire de copains très gourmands et passionnés par la cuisine urbaine. Le Camion Gourmand est un food truck proposant un menu de qualité.

lecamiongourmand.com

PORTLAND, OR

The Honey Pot

Twitter: @HoneyPotPies

A food cart specializing in sweet and savory pies.

http://thehoneypotbakery.com

RENO, NV

Lucky Dawg

Twitter: @LuckyDawgReno

New York style hot dog cart. We are located in downtown Reno. We also do hot dog catering for your next event. We only serve premium meats on our carts.

luckydawghotdogs.com

SEATTLE, WA

Now Make Me A Sandwich

Twitter: @me_sandwich

nowmakemeasandwich.com

SILVER SPRINGS, MD

Linda’s Luncheonette

Twitter: @LLuncheonette

Linda’s Luncheonette is gourmet comfort food made mobile. It’s nostalgia on a plate that warms the soul with each bite. Montgomery County’s newest food truck!

lindasluncheonette.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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LOUISVILLE, KY – Louisville Metro Police need help finding a man accused of robbing a food truck, holding a gun to a teenager’s head and demanding money.

Las Gorditas LouisvillePolice say the suspect’s name is Bobby Aldridge. The victims at Las Gorditas say Aldridge didn’t just rob them once, he robbed them twice.

Las Gorditas is a small restaurant on wheels that’s been a hidden treasure for the last eight years at the corner of Bardstown Road and Watterson Trail in Buechel. It prides itself on serving fresh, authentic Mexican food.

But instead of worrying about typical business operations, owner Esperanza Costas now has constant fears because of the robberies which happened fewer than two weeks apart. “I want to move, but all my business is here,” she said.

The first time, Costas said, the life of her 17-year-old niece was threatened.

“I was just thinking about my family really, like not being able to see them anymore,” said victim Marisol Torres. “When I put my head down to write their order, as soon as I put my head down, he grabbed me by my hoodie and put the gun to my head.”

Police said they already arrested the two people the gunman was with, Kyle Paisley and Katherine Saling, but Aldridge remains at large.

Bobby Aldridge is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police as soon as possible at 502–574-LMPD.

Find the entire story with video by Katie Bauer at wave3.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 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.

gypsy scoops

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Gr8Am Cookies Truck

Twitter: @CookieTruckATL

Can’t get to the mall? Come find us to satisfy that sweet treat craving! Double Doozies, our classic cookies and decadent brownies! Share the Fun of Cookies!

http://www.greatamericancookies.com

Chicago, IL

Burgers That Go

Twitter: @BurgersThatGo

Chicago’s late-night burger fix! Serving Chicagoans delicious burgers that you’ve never tasted before. Stay tuned for more news!

Cincinnati, OH

Stir

Twitter: @StirNoodleTruck

Cincinnati’s first noodle truck. Specializing in traditional Japanese Ramen and other Asian inspired noodle dishes. Updating as we go!!!

Dallas – Fort Worth, TX

Cono Pazzo

Twitter: @ConoPazzo

Pizza Cones are in DFW!!! Follow us to find out where we will have our food truck so you can be the first to try our fresh pizza cones. First in the US!!

Gypsy Scoops

Twitter: @GypsyScoops

Gypsy Scoops is the mobile ice cream parlor experience catering hand-dipped ice cream to the DFW area.

http://www.gypsyscoops.com

World Tour Food Truck

Twitter: @worldtourfoodtr

Houston, TX

Big Daddy Z’s

Twitter: @bigdaddyzs

Houston’s newest food truck is coming very soon!!! Big Daddy Z’s will offer sandwiches, sliders, sides, and desserts; along with daily food specials.

http://www.bigdaddyzs.com

Las Vegas, NV

Wieners on Wheels

Twitter: @WienersonWheels

Wieners on Wheels is a gourmet hot dog truck. The concept is to take the good old fashion hot dog EVERYONE loves and make it amazing!

http://www.wieners-on-wheels.com

Louisville, KY

Let’s Eat

Twitter: @LetsEatFT

Montgomery County, MD

Bánh Mì Annie

Twitter: @BanhMiAnnie

Vietnamese food cart serving Montgomery, MD. Baguettes, Spring/Summer Rolls, Coffee & More

http://banhmiannie.com

Mesob on Wheels

Twitter: @mesobonwheels

Seattle, WA

Curb Jumper Street Eats

Twitter: @CurbJumper206

Curb Jumper Street Eats is a fast, fresh, fun Food Truck experience from Seattle. Serving gourmet sliders and specialty sandwiches.

http://www.curbjumperstreeteats.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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Louisville Grind

LOUISVILLE, KY - Grind, a gourmet burger truck to operate in Louisville, Kentucky has plans to open late Spring/early summer this year by Louisville residents Jesse and Liz Huot.  With a focus on local ingredients including a custom blend of local grass-fed beef.

Bison, lamb and tuna will be available as well as vegetarian options.

The truck is currently fundraising on the popular site, Kickstarter to complete the outfitting of the truck.

Kickstarter offers donations in the form of a pledge which results in donors receiving gifts or incentives for their contribution.  Grind is currently offering rewards in the forms of food vouchers, t-shirts, tickets to their grand opening event and if someone feels especially generous, a catered cook-out for the contributor and 10 guests.  Grind is asking for $5500 total March 1, 2012 to reach this goal or under Kickstarter regulations, they get nothing and all donations are returned.  As of January 18, 2012 Grind was $1400 towards their goal.

The money will go to get the truck up to code for city plumbing requirements, permits and some equipment.  You can find the link to their Kickstarter donation page by visiting their Facebook www.facebook.com/louisville grind.

www.facebook.com/louisvillegrind

www.louisvillegrind.com

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lizandjesse/grind-gourmet-burger-food-truck

www.twitter.com/louisvillegrind 

Contact:

Jesse Huot

info@louisvillegrind.com

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