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TOLEDO, OH - Mayor D. Michael Collins’ menu of new regulations for the city’s growing food-truck industry quickly broke down on Tuesday under the pressure from supporters of the mobile businesses.

Toledo City Council last week was handed a set of proposed new rules, which included requirements that food-truck operators apply for permits that could cost up to $1,000 per year, obtain $1 million in liability insurance, operate during certain hours and in certain locations, and not park within 100 feet of entrances to brick-and-mortar restaurants.

The intent was to protect downtown restaurants from mounting mobile competition.

Ninety people — the majority of whom opposed the stricter regulations — packed council chambers Tuesday for a hearing on the legislation.

After hours of testimony, council declined to entertain a vote on the legislation and instead sent it back to Mayor Collins.

“That $1,000 is way too much,” said Phil Barone, owner of Rosie’s Italian Grille in Springfield Township. “I didn’t make that much down there.”

Rosie’s is one of nine trucks that have operated downtown, mostly near Levis Square.

Mr. Barone said he was “ecstatic” that council didn’t approve the new regulations.

The mayor’s staff originally said the proposal was a response to complaints from restaurants in the downtown business district about food-truck operators.

Mayor Collins backed away from the proposal after the lengthy and, at times, heated hearing.

“This was the beginning of a working document,” Mr. Collins said to council during its regular meeting, which was also Tuesday.

“It was not our intent to bring this forward for a vote,” he said. “I am taking the legislation back. I will await further discussion. … I clearly heard today the stakeholders want a part of it.”

Ed Becyznski, the owner of Blarney Irish Pub and Focaccia’s Deli in the HCR ManorCare building, said he supports having vendors on the street, but wants food-truck service limited to one day a week because of the economic impact the trucks have on the eateries.

“I’m not worried about competition,” Mr. Becyznski said. “It makes my game better.”

Food-truck owners blasted the proposed legislation, which was based on existing law in Cincinnati, Law Director Adam Loukx said.

Councilman Sandy Spang said the city should develop its own rules governing food trucks rather than “cut and paste” the legislation from another city.

Find the entire article at toledoblade.com <here>

 

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While Akron food trucks will now be able to legally operate in downtown Akron, the ordinance giving them this ability also gives food trucks the ability to pay $1,750 a year to park on city streets.

AKRON, OH - Food trucks are now permitted on public property in Akron.

Akron City Council approved legislation Monday that allows food trucks, but makes operators pay a hefty fee to operate on public property downtown. Food truck operators must pay a $225 annual application fee and another $1,750 annually to set up on two streets in the city’s biomedical corridor. Some council members and community leaders thought the higher fee was warranted to protect the brick and mortar restaurants, especially in downtown.

“I am proud of the investment we have made in downtown,” said Councilman Jeff Fusco, who chaired a special committee that spent nearly a year studying the food truck issue. “It’s our responsibility to protect and not give away our downtown.”

The amount of the fee for operating in the biomedical corridor, which includes the three hospitals, downtown and the University of Akron, has been criticized by food truck operators and the Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Va., law firm that helped food truck owners form the Greater Akron Food Truck Coalition.

Steve Sabo, who owns Orange Truk and heads the coalition, said the coalition may challenge the ordinance because of not only the high downtown fee, but also other restrictions. The ordinance forbids trucks from being within 50 feet from a residence, 200 feet from a brick and mortar restaurant, 750 feet from a park and 1,000 feet from a school.

“I don’t see any recourse but to bring in legal counsel,” said Sabo, who lives in Norton and was among the local food truck owners who were pushing for Akron to allow the trucks greater access.

Akron has barred food trucks from operating on public property unless part of a city-sanctioned event. They are permitted on private property with proper zoning.

The higher fee applies to food truck owners who want an assigned parking spot on Locust Street, which is near Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital, or Park Street, which is north of UA near Grace Park. Food trucks will still be permitted at city-sponsored events.

The legislation will become effective after it is signed by Mayor Don Plusquellic, who supports it. That means food trucks could begin operating on public property in Akron this summer.

Sabo, however, doesn’t predict many food truck owners will be interested because of all of the restrictions. He said the $225 fee is reasonable, but the distance requirements are overly restrictive.

“When you put that all in the equation, show me where I can park,” he said. “I expect no one to even do it.”

Find the entire article at ohio.com <here>

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Here we have another politician who thinks that food trucks need to pay their “fair share”. Of course food trucks will stop doing business in Akron if the proposed fee is instituted…but then again, Jeff Fusco knows this.

AKRON, OH - Food truck operators here do not like much of what will be on Akron City Council’s menu Monday night.

Council is considering new proposed regulations and fees on food trucks.

Steve Sabo is head of the Akron Food Truck Coalition. He predicts no truck operators will pay a proposed $1,975 fee to do business in or near downtown.

He calls that “an exorbitant”: amount of money.

Councilman Jeff Fusco is co-sponsoring the legislation. He says the supersized fee is fair and Akron is trying to develop rules that best fit it.

Akron has barred food trucks’ parking on public property unless it’s part of a city-approved event.

The proposal suggests a $225 fee to do business outside of downtown.

Parts of the supersized fee would be split with Summit County, Akron schools, Summit Metro Parks and the city/county library system.

Fusco claims a cross-section of community leaders, truck owners and regular restaurant owners had input developing the package.

Rules also limit truck parking near homes, restaurants, schools and parks.

Find the entire article at wkyc.com <here>

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krav food truck cleveland

Oh what a pleasant surprise; to see a city who has leaders in place that defend food truck owners operating in their town. While it may not be new in some sections of the country, it’s welcomed news in many others.

ELYRIA, OH - A chef on wheels rolls to a location and serves food from a mobile kitchen.

The food truck craze has hit Elyria.

For the second Thursday this month, Todd Berry set up in downtown Elyria with his Krav food truck to serve up one of five signature dishes to an eager lunch crowd. On this particular day, a spot near Elyria City Hall was the locale of choice. The menu consisted of a popular Korean barbeque pork loin with a kimchi Asian slaw and smashed avocados.

The prepared-fresh meal stood up well against the others — a Philly cheese steak, lamb or chicken gyro, veggie pita and grilled barbeque chicken thighs.

“It’s a good menu of flavorful food that we can prepare right here on the truck,” Berry said in between quickly assembling meals for a growing crowd of customers. “We have to do everything on the truck, prep and cook on the truck.”

Brick and mortar restaurants don’t have the luxury of picking up and relocating to where the business is best — Berry works in Lorain, Avon, Avon Lake and Vermilion.

Watching customers line the street a stone’s throw from where she has served food for years was a hard pill to swallow for Donna Dove, owner of Donna’s Diner.

“I don’t know why they would do that when we are having a hard time as it is,” she said. “If they were to move in every day, it would be one thing. It would be a constant draw to downtown that helps everyone. But once a week just brings people in, takes their money and then they leave.”

Dove said there was a noticeable difference in her Thursday sales, especially lunch deliveries. But instead of protesting, she said she plans to fight back.

“If they want to park their truck, then I will get my grill out,” she said. “Once people have my $5 roast beef sandwich with peppers and onions, they will want to know why they have never had it before.”

Find the entire article at northcoastnow.com <here>

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COLUMBUS, OH - After years of discussion, Columbus has new regulations that will allow vendors to sell a taco, pita or other food from a truck parked on a city street.

The city council approved the food-truck legislation unanimously last night, allowing food trucks to park and conduct business on city streets for the first time. Previously, trucks could park and sell their food only on private property.

About a month ago, food-truck owners were decrying an earlier version of the rules. Now, they’re commending the city.

“They did, for the most part, what we wanted to see, and, overall, they listened to us,” said Brian Reed, president of the Central Ohio Food Truck Association and owner of the Mojo Tago truck.

Find the entire article at dispatch.com <here>

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columbus food truckCOLUMBUS, OH - With new regulations on the horizon, food-truck operators still are unsure how the rules will impact the bottom line or if some rules will allow them to operate at all.

The city hosted a public meeting Wednesday for feedback on its proposed regulations for mobile food vendors and while broad strokes of the plan met little resistance, including basic licensing, an electronic reservation system and the creation of designated zones on city streets, there was a consensus that more time is needed to spell out several specifics. This was voiced by nearly all speakers, not just food-truck and cart operators, but also restaurant owners and community representatives.

Councilwoman Michelle Mills told the group that the issues have been discussed for two years and the city needs to move forward with the best interests of the city in mind, which includes balancing safety concerns with the desire to support a growing industry. Speaking to Mills after the meeting, she reinforced a planned 90-day window in which she wants legislation passed by Columbus City Council, which a spokesman afterward told me should be enough time to iron out the issues raised.

Several food-truck operators told me they feared the legislation could be introduced as early as next month.

“How do we adapt and adjust?” asked Brian Reed, president of the Central Ohio Food Truck Association and owner-operator of Mojo TaGo.

Find the entire article at bizjournals.com <here>

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columbus ohio skyline

Coming in at number sixteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Columbus, OH.

The taco truck may have been the pioneers in mobile food in Columbus, but they’re far from the full delicious story. Over the past few years, food trucks have been popping up in town, with over 100 currently in operation.

Columbus is the capital of and the largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population of the city was 787,033 at the 2010 census. Although Columbus was the 15th largest city in the United States, its metropolitan area was 28th largest, with 2,308,509 residents. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Columbus Combined Statistical Area (which also includes Marion and Chillicothe) has a population of 2,348,495.

Due to its demographics, which include a mix of races and a wide range of incomes, as well as urban, suburban, and nearby rural areas, Columbus is considered to be a “typical” American city, and has been used as a test market for new products by retail and restaurant chains. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

The city has recently opened up their laws to better accommodate mobile food vendors and have made changes in the last year that have helped make it easier to operate year round. These changes are due to a strong food truck organization that represents many of the existing vendors. The Central Ohio Food Truck Association has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for the growth of the mobile food industry in Columbus.

Find the city’s documentation for Starting a Food Truck <here>

Find the entire list of Top US cities to Open a Food Truck  <here>

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North Coast Toast oberlin food truckOBERLIN, OH - Oberlin College student Casey Silverstein said he never expected the challenges he has faced to get his food truck business, North Coast Toast, up and running.

Silverstein, along with business partners Jeremy Reimnitz and Evan Zierk, envisioned a gourmet grilled-cheese food-truck business during a Creativity and Leadership class at Oberlin College. The entrepreneurship class is designed to get students to “build skills, knowledge and experience they need to launch their ideas,” according to the Oberlin College website.

Silverstein said he received a Creativity and Leadership grant, and the group also took to the fundraising website Kickstarter for donations. With 130 backers, North Coast Toast exceeded its goal and raised $9,759.

“The community should have a late-night food option. … I think we’re providing something that’s extremely cheap. We source all of our food options locally,” he said.

North Coast Toast has been open only a few times — once at a private event, during a TGIF event on campus and during the business’ launch party — Silverstein said. But Silverstein was ordered to cease operations until he received a conditional-use permit from the city to operate on Oberlin College property.

Silverstein, who said he plans to meet with the city’s planning department, said he hopes to begin operations again because students want another food option on campus.

City Director of Planning and Development Gary Boyle said he still is waiting for North Coast Toast to submit a permit application.

The food-truck operation has prompted the city to re-examine its regulations as the popularity of food-truck ventures grows across the state.

Food trucks are embraced in Cleveland, but the city of Akron has banned vendors from selling items out of vehicles on public property.

Akron City Council is re-examining the laws on its books regarding food trucks, but city restaurants are opposed to allowing the food trucks to operate outside of special events, contending that the low-overhead food trucks will take their business and could cost the city jobs and tax income.

Boyle said North Coast Toast could apply for a conditional-use permit to operate on private property, but the city doesn’t have any rules or regulations for food trucks operating on public property. Boyle said that although North Coast Toast had operated solely on private property, city officials are taking a look at their laws.

The city does not allow food trucks on public street rights-of-way, with the exception of special city events.

Find the entire article by Chelsea Miller at northcoastnow.com <here>

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