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 — For a little extra summer cash, Demosthenes “Demo” Megaloudis, 12, and his brother Alexandrous “Alex,” 11, often help their parents take orders and load supplies onto Gussy’s Greek Food truck.

But on Tuesday, they were donating their time. Following through on an idea inspired by their father and their parish, St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church of Durham – the boys helped serve a free lunch dedicated to the men trying to restart their lives at Durham Rescue Mission.

Although they had served with the food truck at St. Barbara, they wanted to do something more. They considered a homeless shelter as as an ideal, and landed on Durham since their family is heavily invested in the city.

Along with three other food trucks, Stuft, Chick-N-Que, and Not Just Icing, Gussy’s Greek Food gave away a total of 210 meals of barbecue, gourmet potatoes, gyros and cupcakes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spotty rain showers did not deter the men, who stood in steady lines in the East Main Street campus parking lot for the food before returning to class at the mission or to shifts at work.

During the past few years, food trucks have become a fixture of the Triangle, growing in rapid numbers and creating a family-like community, said Gus Megaloudis, owner of Gussy’s Greek Food.

Apparently, they are a family characterized by being eager to serve, donating a day’s wages and a truckload of $5 to $8 meals.

Not Just Icing served around 180 of their $3 cupcakes in less than two hours.

“I made four calls, and I got four trucks,” said Megaloudis, although one truck’s generator died at the last minute.

Megaloudis said that the day cost him about $500 to $600 in meals.

“There are some things money cannot make you feel,” Megaloudis said.

The giveaway saved the mission about $430 the center would have spent on the men’s lunch. Tony Gooch, director of developmental operations at the mission, said summers can be difficult as the food banks become lower on food and donations slow when people leave for vacation.

Find the entire article at newsobserver.com <here>


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SYLVA, NC – The food trucks William McKee is considering wouldn’t serve your everyday fare; Cashiers is, after all, an affluent community with expectations. Think sushi, sliders and hummus.

Nor does McKee want to undercut local restaurants. Area chefs would help prepare the culinary treats, working out of trucks parked on Frank Allen Road. McKee envisions a tidily landscaped, well-lit site with seating. There would be, at most, three food trucks.

“The only way we’ll do this is if there’s support,” the Cashiers-based developer said. “We are trying to partner with the restaurants, not take business from them. And, it needs to be first class, fun and in the spirit of Cashiers.”

Food trucks these days are not your daddy’s “roach coaches” peddling sandwiches, chips and cold drinks to hard-hat-wearing construction workers. Food trucks are trendy nationwide, and have spawned reality television shows, cookbooks and even a big-screen movie, “Chef,” about a man who abandons his gourmet restaurant to find creative fulfillment through serving meals on wheels.

The surge of interest isn’t just in Cashiers; it seems all of Jackson County is suddenly abuzz about food trucks.

County officials say they are fielding calls almost daily about the regulatory requirements involved. The most basic rule can be daunting: food trucks must be permitted in conjunction with regulated establishments, environmental health worker Jill Breedlove said. This provides a daily home base for cleaning, prepping and such.

Find the entire article at thesylvaherald.com <here>


CHARLOTTE, NC – More than 60 people, including nearly 20 food truck owners and an attorney with the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Va., met Tuesday night with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department to argue against controversial proposed changes to food truck regulations.

Food truck owners complained that the proposed regulations would negatively affect their operations and bottom lines. They have launched a petition that now has several thousand signatures.

More than 60 food trucks operate in Charlotte, offering everything from cupcakes to fajitas to grilled cheese, and employing hundreds. More than a dozen gather for the weekly Food Truck Friday in South End and draw crowds of up to 3,000 people.

One of the food truck owners’ biggest concerns is a proposed rule that would prevent food trucks from operating within 100 feet of a restaurant, nightclub or bar.

The planning department announced Tuesday that it had decreased the distance to 50 feet.

But David Stuck, co-founder of The Tin Kitchen, a food truck and catering company, said even that would make it difficult to serve many of their regular clientele, such as local craft breweries that don’t serve food.

That wouldn’t be allowed under the proposed regulations because of the 50-foot requirement. Food Truck Friday, which is held on an empty lot across from Phat Burrito on Camden Road, also would be prohibited.

Food truck owners also are opposed to the proposed permitting regulations. Owners now need a permit for every location, and it expires after 90 days. The proposal would allow a vendor to have a one-year permit for up to three locations.

But food truck operators said they’d like to have one permit that would allow them to set up throughout the city.

Find the entire article at charlotteobserver.com <here>


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When government steps in to try to fix something that isn’t broken, they have a tendency of making things worse…in this case it looks like government wants to break the food trucks of Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte food truck vendors are protesting proposed city regulations that they say would hurt their industry, which has grown increasingly popular in recent years.

One of the possible changes they’re most concerned about is a rule that would prevent food trucks from operating within 100 feet of a restaurant, nightclub or bar – which would make uptown operations a challenge. They also would face tougher restrictions in residential areas.

Some of the rules under consideration are designed to make it easier for the vendors, including new permitting requirements.

“I don’t think they’re intentionally trying to harm food trucks by any stretch of the imagination,” said David Stuck, who co-founded The Tin Kitchen, a food truck and catering company, in 2012. “But I do think they don’t understand what it is we do.”

There are more than 60 food trucks operating in Charlotte, offering everything from cupcakes to fajitas to grilled cheese, and employing hundreds. More than a dozen consistently gather for weekly Food Truck Friday in South End.

The owners say they got involved in a citizen advisory group hoping that their input would help the city understand what food truck operators need to thrive. But a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department draft proposal wasn’t what they expected.

Planning Manager Katrina Young, who’s been leading the citizen advisory meetings, says nothing in the proposed draft is permanent and that it’s meant to open a dialogue.

Many food trucks work with local craft breweries that don’t serve food, which is mutually beneficial. That wouldn’t be allowed under the proposal, but Young said that may need to be re-evaluated.

Also at risk would be bringing food trucks to events such as birthday parties and weddings in residential areas. A number of food trucks, including Stuck’s Tin Kitchen, get nearly half their business from such events.

Operators, fearing that proposed changes could permanently alter their business models, are responding with an online petition posted to the newly formed Charlotte Food Truck Association’s website – www. charlottefoodtrucks.org.

Find the entire article at charlotteobserver.com <here>


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HIGH POINT, NC – High Point Market is anything but business as usual for local restaurants and chefs.

Local restaurateurs see High Point Market as an opportunity to showcase their talent and draw in more business. Taylor Epperson mans the Tipsy’z Tavern food truck outside of Showplace where several food trucks set up shop. Epperson said that business has been great in the Tipsy’z truck’s first visit to market.

“People know our name already because of the restaurant so we already get a lot of good market business,” Epperson said. “We used to cater but I think the trucks are easier because people walk right by us instead of having to go to specific showrooms.”

Epperson said that their best seller is the “Bleu Got Barbequed” burger that is stuffed with Bleu cheese crumbles and topped with apple and barbecue sauce.
Nick Benshoff owns a food truck, Bandito Burrito Truck, out of Greensboro but swapped his truck and burritos for a kitchen in Market Square for Three Guys and a Bowl Thai Cafe.

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Charlotte Food_truckCHARLOTTE, NC – Mobile food truck owners want Charlotte officials to lessen regulations on their business.

David Stuck opened the Tin Kitchen food truck when he moved to Charlotte from Portland, Ore.

“Food trucks like this really add to the vibrancy of a city and the rules do need to be loosened up so people can enjoy them during evening activities,” said customer Ellen Engelhardt.

Stuck said stiff city rules can sometimes make business stale.

Food trucks can’t park with 400 feet of another truck, restaurant or residence.

“If you’re parking right in front of their entrance that can cause problems with taking business from them,” said customer Edwin Thompson.

Mobile food vendors can only operate between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Find the entire article at wsoctv.com <here>

lexington-kyLEXINGTON, NC – The Lexington City Council unanimously voted to adopt an amendment to the city’s land use ordinance to permit and regulate food trucks within the city limits during its regular meeting on Monday.

Josh Monk, a city planner for the Lexington Office of Business and Community Development, gave a presentation on the amendment to the city ordinance prior to the mandatory public hearing. He said a food truck is a vehicle that is regulated through the county health department where food is cooked and prepared on site and that food trucks would fill in the gaps when established restaurants have already closed.

“There is a large night crowd (uptown) on the weekends, especially during the summer, that stay out late,” Monk said. “After these events they are looking for somewhere to eat and a food truck would fill that need.”

As part of the ordinance, food trucks would have to be regulated through the county health department, they would not be allowed within 100 feet of an established restaurant, they would not be able to operate in a residential area past 10 p.m. and they would be responsible for disposing of their own trash. Any disposal of gray water or cooking grease would be subjected to existing laws pertaining to dumping of restricted materials.

Find the entire article from the-dispatch.com <here>

Jimmy Johns LogoWILMINGTON, NC – In an effort to craft new food truck regulations, members of Wilmington’s planning staff met with more than a dozen restaurant and food truck operators Wednesday morning to gauge their input on proposed amendments to existing city regulations.

There are currently no specific regulations for mobile food vendors in the city.

Planning staff members are hoping to add mobile food units to the list of permitted temporary uses in an effort to help clarify regulations for mobile food vendors, which are growing in popularity across the city.

The public comment period about changes to food truck regulation will end April 30.

“We’re trying to remove as much ambiguity in the code as possible,” said Brian Chambers, city planner and project manager leading the effort to reform existing regulation for mobile food vendors. “We’re not trying to ban food trucks; we’re trying to get as much input from industry before this goes to a public hearing.”

Under the current regulations, mobile food trucks, carts and trailers must apply for a temporary special sales permit. The permit allows the mobile food vendors to establish operations in commercial and industrial districts. No more than five temporary special sales events are allowed per business, in which vendors must wait a minimum of 45 days to apply for another permit.


But some in attendance weren’t so supportive of the city’s efforts to amend the existing regulations.

Jonathan Windham, owner of four Jimmy John’s franchises in Wilmington including the Market Street location downtown, said by loosening the existing restrictions, food trucks could interfere with brick-and-mortar businesses – especially downtown.

He said while he supports the mobile food vendor locations at events and festivals, the existing regulations should be maintained.

“It’s just not fair to those existing businesses, especially the ones downtown that have spent money and invested in their property,” Windham said.

Find the entire article at wilmingtonbiz.com <here>

duke food trucksDUKE UNIVERSITY, NC – Food trucks had a slow first week as a lunch option.

In response to decreased dining options, the Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee, Duke Student Government and Duke Dining worked together to bring food trucks to campus as a lunch option. The trucks are located behind Perkins and Bostock libraries where, as of yet, many students are unaware of their existence, explained senior Chris Taylor, co-chair of DUSDAC.

“We found that this location is not very visible,” said Jody Argote, the owner of the Parlez-Vous Crepe food truck. “On Tuesday, the first hour didn’t go well but then I put up signs by the stairs that students walk by and that seemed to help.”

Argote said that advertisement is particularly important since students will not see the trucks on their way to class. She plans on using Duke Dining’s promotional campaign as well as her own social media—specifically Twitter and Facebook—to publicize the location of her truck at lunchtime.

Carolina Escobar, founder of Captain Ponchos, noted that her truck had 15 customers during Monday’s lunch hours—fewer than she had expected, given the popularity of the truck during dinner hours.

“The location isn’t ideal. In a perfect world, the trucks would be in front of the Chapel or on the lawn,” Taylor said. “Duke doesn’t want anything in either of those places before 5 o’clock”

Find the entire article at dukechronicle.com <here>


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