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LUBBOCK, TX – Texas Tech’s new food truck could end up dragging a bandwagon.

Tech officially unveiled its StrEat food truck at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday near the Student Union Building. The truck is the first of its kind in the Big 12 Conference.

David Deason, associate managing director for Tech hospitality services, said if all goes well, there could be more trucks in store for the university down the road.

“I think food trucks are here to stay,” Deason said. “They’re not just a craze, they’re not just a fad.”

The StrEat truck will open for Tech students and the general public beginning this fall. It will operate from Memorial Circle on Mondays and Wednesdays and move to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays, the truck will move to surprise locations, which diners can find out by checking hospitality services’ Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tables and chairs will be available beside the truck in Memorial Circle and at the Health Sciences Center.

The menu includes fish or beef pita tacos and Monte Cristo sandwiches. Other foods will rotate on and off the menu on a monthly basis.

Tech students will be able to use their meal plans at the truck, but visitors to campus will also be able to purchase food with cash or credit.

Enrique Mendez and Mashid Hadi, two students who attended the ribbon cutting, sampled the chicken tacos and said they planned to eat from the truck during the upcoming semester.

“I lot of our students here come from places like Dallas, Austin and San Antonio,” said Alan Cushman, manager of business development in hospitality services. “Our student population is used to eating like this.”

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LUBBOCK, TX – When Chris Clary started up Krazy Korn Gourmet Popcorn a few years ago, he had difficultly selling his product in prominent locations.

“We had a lot of obstacles with the city with certain ordinances and regulations,” Clary of Lubbock said.

Although he’s taken a break from selling at outdoor venues, Clary still wanted to show his support for other small businesses during the Free the Food Truck event Sunday at Garden Ridge in Lubbock.

Despite hot temperatures and long lines, more than 1,000 residents sampled food and signed a petition asking the City Council to “lighten up” the food truck regulations during Lubbock’s first Food Truck Expo.

The city’s ordinances prevent food trucks from setting up in most of the places people would visit to grab a quick bite to eat, leaving the majority of local food truck businesses reliant on catering jobs.

Stuart Walker, the director of code enforcement for the city, said earlier this week the current zoning ordinance only allows the vendors to set up in specifically zoned areas, primarily industrial.

Connie Olivas, an organizer of the petition, said those limitations hinder businesses from thriving.

Olivas has been operating her food truck, La Picosita, for about three years and said she’s limited in where she can park to serve her Spanish food.

“We do a lot of events and catering, so that gets us by, but we would really, really love to park where we want to,” she said.

Olivas said she’s been wanting to get a petition started since last year and finally decided to round up some of the other local street vendors and food trucks for the event.

“We’ll go against the city and see what happens,” she said. “All they can do is tell us no.”

Olivas said at least 1,200 people signed the petition.

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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 California, Lubbock,Palm Springs and Toledo.

June 27

State rule aims to simplify food truck sales – CA – Change is in the air for North Coast food trucks.

A new state rule, which goes into effect Tuesday, will permit vendors to post flat-rate prices for the food they sell that include sales tax.

So, instead of having to add the sales tax to prices at the spot of the transaction, vendors can figure out how much they owe in taxes later.

“The point was to streamline the process for everybody,” said Brian Miller of the California Board of Equalization, the public agency charged with the administration of taxes and fee collection. “The … number of food trucks in California has grown substantially and we wanted to make it easier on everybody. ”

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Mobile restaurants to petition city for less strict regulations – LUBBOCK, TX – When customers ask Chad Montgomery where his Twist’d Texan food truck will be parked for lunch the next day, he only has one answer to give them.

Nowhere — at least nowhere near where his customers will be.

The city of Lubbock’s ordinances prevent food trucks from setting up in most of the places people would visit to grab a quick bite to eat, leaving the majority of local food truck businesses reliant on catering.

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June 28

Palm Springs food truck vendors work toward approval – The owner of Woody’s Burgers, the downtown restaurant and music venue, is about to open his third location.

This time on wheels.

But instead of serving more burgers and fries in Palm Springs, Wayne Woodliff is sending his refurbished 1987 food truck to San Diego, where he opened a second restaurant last year and has dreams for further expansions.

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June 29

Toledo ponders food-truck permits, regulations – TOLEDO, OH – Under pressure to protect downtown restaurants from mounting mobile competition, Toledo City Council is being asked to approve rules to regulate the growing food-truck industry.

Mayor D. Michael Collins presented legislation to council last week that would restrict operations of mobile food vendors on streets in the downtown business district and other neighborhoods and create zones in which the businesses could operate.

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