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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 Fort Collins, St Petersburg, Minneapolis and Janesville.

May 30

Fort Collins food truck scene evolves with new laws – FORT COLLINS, CO – As of May 30, Fort Collins residents might see more food trucks around town, especially at breweries.

In May, City Council passed an ordinance allowing two food trucks to sell on private property at the same time and up to eight food trucks to gather at an event.

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St. Petersburg may relax rules surrounding food trucks – ST PETERSBURG, FL – These are words that sting St. Petersburg loyalists:

“We normally go to Tampa for this,” Jerome Gonzalez told FOX 13 News while waiting to place an order at one of several food trucks parked outside All Children’s Hospital.

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May 31

Mpls. Food Truck Phenomenon Helps Other Local Businesses – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – This time of year, you can hardly walk along a downtown Minneapolis street without running into a food truck.

When the city passed an ordinance easing restrictions on these mobile restaurants the food truck phenomenon took off.

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June 1

Janesville, Milton to consider new food truck rules – JANESVILLE, WI – If the selection of food trucks in Janesville doesn’t suit your mood on a given day, you could always try the vendors in downtown Milton.

That could be one game plan if the Janesville and Milton city councils both approve proposals that would allow mobile food vendors in their communities.

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Finnegans reverse food truck

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Head to downtown Minneapolis or other Twin Cities locations during the summer, and you’re sure to find a food truck offering something you’re craving. Now the Minneapolis-based beer company Finnegans, which donates 100 percent of its profits to charity, is taking the food truck phenomenon and spinning it on its head.

Its new “reverse food truck” doesn’t make food. It takes food — for charity.

“We’ve never heard of anything like this before,” said Amy Lee, Finnegans’ marketing coordinator.

The truck sets up at locations around the Twin Cities to collect nonperishable food items and monetary donations via cash or credit cards. All donations go back to Finnegans’ community fund, which channels the food to local food shelves and use the monetary donations to buy fresh produce from local farms for the food shelves.

The idea was born in December during a meeting between Finnegans and one of the companies it works with on its charitable projects, the Minneapolis advertising agency Martin Williams. Within hours after the meeting, Finnegans CEO Jacquie Berglund had secured a truck. Three months later, over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it was launched.

“It has taken a village to get this truck running,” Berglund said. Local businesses helped transform the 1980s vehicle into a flashy, noticeably bright green truck emblazoned with the Finnegans name.

While the reverse food truck has not yet been to many events, the plan is for it to park at summer events and festivals. Supporters can follow where the truck will be located on social media and at Finnegans’ website, Berglund said.

Find the entire article at startribune.com <here>

Minneapolis Food Trucks
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The feud between restaurants and food trucks may not end any time soon. The Minnesota Food Truck Association (MNFTA) hosted Mike Mulligan and Doug Sams of the Downtown Food Committee Tuesday night to discuss possible solutions.

The food truck association and the restaurant group have been at odds with each other after brick-and-mortar eatery closures. Restaurant owners blame food trucks for taking away business, and food trucks operators say customers know where they’re going to eat. The main hitch for Sams, DFC president and D’Brians Deli & Catering founder and president, is the number of trucks along Marquette, between Seventh and Ninth Streets. He said a solution would be designated parking zones for food trucks, where mobile vendors would have permanent parking spots scattered across the city.

“We are foodies, you’re foodies,” Sams said at the meeting. “We have a lot in common. Everybody loves food trucks; the problem is the concentration on Marquette Avenue.”

Food truck owners, like World Street Kitchen truck co-owner Sameh Wadi, didn’t think the zones would be a solution because there are so many food trucks, that there won’t be enough spaces. “The same challenge we have is the same challenge you have,” said Wadi who also co-owns two brick-and-mortar restaurants. “It’s the same broken record. There’s not enough parking spaces in Minneapolis. We’re thinking very short term right now.”

Find the entire article by Amanda Kludt at eater.com <here>

heat waveMINNEAPOLIS, MN – Working in a food truck is a hot experience on a normal day, but on Monday it’s was just unimaginable.

According to WCCO Radio’s Meteorologist Mike Lynch, the temperature topped out at 97 degrees Monday afternoon, with the humidity the heat index reached 105.

“Usually on a normal day the temperature inside the truck is around 100,” Saed Wadi, owner of the World Street Kitchen food truck, said. “So imagine on a day like this it would’ve been impossible for my crew to perform. It’s actually hazardous to be out in the truck.”

So, early Monday Wadi decided to keep his staff at home and so did several other truck owners.
“I saw on Twitter early (Monday) morning a lot of food trucks are not going out,” Wadi said. “We have to think of it not from the parking or who’s going to do more business. Our employees come first.”
For food truck owner Sandra Presley-Patterson, owner of Sandy’s Grill and Italian Ice, business was slow but not too bad, especially if you’re selling frozen treats like her.

Find the entire article by Edgar Linares at minnesota.cbslocal.com <here>

A La Plancha Food Truck Minneapolis
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A new Twin Cities food truck gets its fuel from the fryer.

Anna Peterson’s food truck, A La Plancha, runs on used vegetable oil from the deep fryer. The biodiesel-powered truck started serving its Guatemalan-inspired cuisine at Marquette Avenue and 10th Street during the last week of July.

A La Plancha sells tortas ($7), summer gazpacho ($3.50) and a slow-roasted cubano pork sandwich ($9.50).

Peterson opted for biodiesel to shrink her carbon footprint. She bought the truck for $20,000 from a farmer who had already rigged the diesel engine to run on vegetable oil. The conversion would normally cost up to $7,000.

Peterson uses old blue jeans to filter the used vegetable oil.

Find the entire article by Urmila Ramakrishnan at Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal <here>

You can follow the A La Plancha Food Truck on Twitter <here>

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In a recent article from CBS Minnesota we learned about  3 restaurants that have recently closed in Minneapolis. Why did they close? Well according to the owners…Food Trucks. While we may agree that food trucks have become popular and are gaining traction in areas such as the Minneapolis Skyway, we also know that food trucks are not the cause for a restaurant closure.

Skyway Food-Trucks Minneapolis
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Peter’s Grill was one of the restaurants closed recently so we did a little digging and found some write-ups on Yelp to see what their customers had to say.

This is one of those places that manages to survive because they have an amazing location and history downtown Minneapolis. I believe they might have had some of the best home-cooked meals during their glory days. Now, they’ve managed to go the low quality route and stay in business because of how easy it is for those who work downtown to grab a meal.

I love family owned businesses, but I was VERY disappointed by the food. I ordered the chef salad. What was served to me was worse than something I would prepare in 5 minutes time in my own kitchen.

– Obviously Dole iceberg salad mix
– Kraft cheese slices diced up
– A few slices of poor quality lunch meat
– A poorly hardboiled egg (lots of gray)
– A “freshly baked” roll (tasted very much like Wonder Bread)

The portions were scant, which was fine, given how disgusted I was with the salad. My companion ordered one of their wraps, which he also found disappointing. The potato chips were of the cheap “ruffled” variety.

There are many family-owned business downtown that still care about the quality of their food. I’d avoid Peter’s and find someplace else.

Here’s another:

Save your money. EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE! Corned beef, potato salad, cole slaw, and loaf rye bread all looked and tasted like it came from the Walmart deli. Only it cost 10 times more. Waitress refilled my drink, then switched it with the person sitting next to me. YUK! This place needs restaurant impossible badly!

By doing a little more digging we found that their site had listed a number of local awards and some very positive feedback. The problem? The awards and kudos (including one from President Bill Clinton) were from back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. It is very easy to blame others when a longtime (Peter’s Grill was open for 99 years) business fails, but in almost every case, it should be the ownership team that looks in the mirror and realize that old menus, dated decor, poor food and poor service will kill a restaurant before any competition pulls into your neighborhood.

We are sorry that this restaurant failed, but to blame food trucks for their problems is the easy way out.

house-of-hunger-truck minneapolisMINNEAPOLIS, MN – It’s a good thing Wesley Kaake didn’t tattoo his food truck’s name on his arm like he planned.

He renamed his food truck, The Twisted Sister House of Hunger, this year after the hair metal band Twisted Sister threatened legal action. Now the food truck has emerged from that scrape with a shorter name, House of Hunger, and advice for other business owners.

The first lesson is to pick your battles. Kaake (sounds like “cake”) bought The Twisted Sister from two sisters in 2011. The name sounded cool until lawyers representing the band Twisted Sister demanded a change.

“We’re a tiny metal box, not a rock band,” Kaake said.

He decided it wasn’t worth the time or money of a court trial, even though insurance would have covered his costs.

Changing the name cost about $3,000, but everything else stayed the same.

The truck still parks at the same spot on Second Avenue, between Fifth and Sixth streets. Customers still order from the same menu, with sandwiches such as the “Twisted Philly,” hotdogs and sides. He serves at least 100 customers a day.

Find the entire article by Urmila Ramakrishnan at bizjournals.com <here>

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House of Hunger

Twitter: @houseofhunger

The House of Hunger Food Truck. Urban Street Food Specialists by day; Twisted Culinary Artists by night. The original home of Polygamy Sauce.

Minneapolis, MN · houseofhunger.com

OTW LogoIn 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 Orlando, Cranston, San Luis Obispo, Minneapolis and Des Moines.

July 12

Orlando food truck rules too strict – ORLANDO, FL – No offense, Orlando, but your anemic dining scene isn’t exactly packing downtown streets with foodies every night.

Parking is a pain. Retail shops are nonexistent. The restaurant and bar scene is better than it once was, but scant on variety.

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Food Truck Vendors Vow to Keep Fighting Proximity Ban – CRANSTON, RI – Food truck owners who live or have their vehicles registered in Cranston are vowing to keep pressuring city officials and the City Council to re-think local ordinances that restrict food trucks near brick and mortar restaurants.

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July 13

The food truck scene in SLO County – SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Expanding sector can cook up profits for those who have the necessary drive.

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Food Trucks and Restaurants Work to Avoid ‘Food Fight’ – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Food trucks are much more than a passing fad. The number of trucks seems to grow every day.

That’s posing a bit of a conflict between food truck operators and traditional restaurants in downtown Minneapolis.

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July 14

D.M. council eyes easing rules governing downtown food trucks – DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines City Council likely will review its food truck regulations and see if something should be done to make it easier for them to operate downtown.

Council member Brian Meyer plans to discuss the matter at this afternoon’s City Council meeting.

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twins-logoMINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Twins are getting in on the food-truck craze, building one of their own to round the bases in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Tentatively named “Taste of Target Field,” the food truck will sell ballpark food such as Twins Dogs, bratwursts and Polish sausages as soon as August, Twins Senior Vice President of Operations Matt Hoy said.

Chili from The Loon Café and nachos could also make the lineup, which is still under development.

The ballclub is working to get the truck designed and licensed, Hoy said. Plymouth-based Chameleon Concessions owner Mark Palm is outfitting the truck.

Twins players and mascot T.C. Bear are expected to pay visits. An on-board radio will broadcast games, and a digital menu will double as a television.

Delaware North Companies Inc., the concessions company that heads food operations in the stadium, will operate the truck.

“We’re trying to get into the food truck business and spread the word on our brand,” Hoy said.

Find the original article by Urmila Ramakrishnan at bizjournals.com <here>

OTW Logo food truck newsIn 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 Minneapolis, Carson City, Oak Bluff, Asheville and Portsmouth.

June 28

Feed me! Four great apps for finding food trucks – Somewhere in this city, there’s a food truck. I’m hungry, and I’m wandering block after block, looking for people standing in line near a brightly colored vehicle that is handing out delicious fried mac-and-cheese balls, Coca-Cola braised steamed pork buns, tikka masala burritos, cherry smoked chicken sandwiches, or crème brûlée. And I know, somewhere close, there’s a truck parked and preparing a mouthwatering variety of potential lunch items. It may not have been there yesterday, it may not be there tomorrow, but with an app in hand, I will find it.

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Food Trucks Enjoy Big Business in Minneapolis – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Food trucks are booming in Minneapolis, and this weekend it’s kind of like their Super Bowl.

Food truck operators are slamming during lunch hour during the weekdays in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. And on the weekends they’re busy with event nearly every day. This weekend most trucks will head to Pride Fest in Loring Park and on Sunday the Minnesota Food Truck fair in Uptown.

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June 29

Heat Makes Food Truck Jobs Difficult – CARSON CITY, NV- As the temperatures rose, workers inside the Traffic Jam food truck started to cook literally and figuratively.

“We’re pushing an average temperature in here of about 120 degrees,” said Walt Suen, cook for Traffic Jam.

The two battery-powered fans this food truck uses to keep its workers cool don’t quite do the trick.

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Oak Bluffs Considers Banning Food Trucks in Downtown Area – OAK BLUFF, NY – Food trucks likely will never be permitted in downtown Oak Bluffs, according to draft regulations presented at a public reading at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting. At the well-attended meeting, the public and the selectmen spoke out passionately on both sides of the issue — in support of the allowance of food trucks in the downtown area, or in opposition.

This spring Bill Coggins, the property owner of a small alleyway on 16 Circuit avenue, asked selectmen to approve two businesses he wants to situate in the alleyway: jewelry stand Akoya Pick-A-Pearl and the Irie Bites food truck. Selectmen approved a license for the jewelry stand, but held off approving the food truck, saying that the town has not passed any regulations for food trucks in the downtown area.

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June 30

Lift of Asheville food truck limits opens options – ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville City Council last week made way for more food trucks, and the results will begin to be visible this month.

In a unanimous decision, council voted Tuesday to eliminate the limit for food truck permits for the central business district. Previously, only 10 permits a year were issued to downtown trucks. Although there is no longer a set limit to the number of permits, the food trucks are still tied to finding and requesting permits for a specific lot.

Ordinances regulating downtown food truck vendors require sites to be equipped with electric stations because generators violate downtown noise ordinances. Food truck lots must also be outfitted with proper lighting, easy access — even extra trees — often at the vendors’ expense.

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Restaurateurs seek city OK for downtown food truck – PORTSMOUTH, NH – A food truck specializing in New York-style street food could soon have a presence in the downtown.

Michael Prete and Matthew Grecco, owners of The Kitchen Restaurant on Islington Street, are working with city officials to establish a new mobile vending option in the city’s center.

According to Prete, the restaurant already has a licensed food truck in Portsmouth that operates primarily for catering and visits local businesses at Pease International Tradeport and along Commerce Way.

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