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grub truck tulsa

TULSA, OK – An ordinance amendment aimed at increasing the distance food trucks would have to operate from restaurants is being reconsidered, a city councilor said Wednesday.

Councilor Blake Ewing said the proposed increase, from 150 feet to 300 feet, was a recommendation from city staff that came under criticism from some food truck owners.

The ordinance in question gives authorities the ability to issue tickets or warnings to any mobile food vendor that parks within a certain distance of a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. It is aimed at protecting restaurant owners who have additional overhead, including property taxes, from low-overhead mobile vendors.

Ewing, who owns three downtown restaurants, said food truck owners criticized the proposed change as a conflict of interest for him. Ewing, who represents the downtown district, sponsored the amendment.

Find the entire article at tulsaworld.com <here>

salem oregon

SALEM, OR – It’s a foodie’s dream. A collection of food vendors, assembled in a bustling “pod” on an inner-city lot. Each small-time entrepreneur sells made-from- scratch foods, often for modest prices. Cuisine choices cover the gamut from Mexican to Middle Eastern.

If that sounds appetizing, head to Portland.

City of Salem regulations dating to 1994 ban clusters of food trucks and trailers from gathering on private property. No vending is allowed in the public-right-of-way. And food trucks that call on multiple locations can stay in one spot for no longer than two hours.

“The rules in Salem pretty much make it impossible for most of us to make a living at it,” said Richard Foote, a representative of the Salem Food Truck Association. He has a vested interest in seeing food trucks succeed: his Oregon Crepe Company includes a specialty bakery that supplies breads to food vendors.

But Salem may yet catch-up with the street food craze. Salem City Council recently asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would loosen restrictions on food trucks and trailers.

“Council asked us to fast-track this item so we are intending to do that,” said Glenn Gross, they city’s community development director. The city hopes to have a new ordinance ready by the summer, he said.

Most mobile food vendors in Salem have a second job, or rely on income from a spouse to pay the bills, Foote said. He estimated that about 20 food trucks and trailers operate in Salem.

The only way for several food vendors to gather in one spot, even temporarily, is obtain a special events permit, such those issued for the city’s World Beat festival.

” I would love to see a little taste of what Portland’s got, or even Eugene,” said Chad Lewis, owner of Chad’s Smoking Barbecue, a food truck and catering service.

Lewis figures he could be selling more brisket, pulled pork and ribs if Salem its relaxed rules. He sees plenty of potential customers in industrial areas with few nearby restaurants, as well as in Salem’s downtown where state employees, Willamette University students and others might want to grab a quick bite.

Since October, Carmen and Minh Nguyen have ran “Fusion Semi-Authentic Vietnamese Foods.” Finding places to park their food truck, however, has been an obstacle.

For example, the couple once did a good business selling curry rice bowls and Vietnamese sandwiches in the parking lot of a Salem shopping center. But restaurants in the shopping center soon complained to the landlord about the competition. Fusion, which was initially invited to the location, had to leave.

“It was really unfortunate. It was a fun place to be,” Carmen Nguyen said.

Find the entire article at statesmanjournal.com <here>

New Chicago Food Truck Parking
View from proposed food truck parking spot off Monroe.

Big talk continues to come out of the Mayor’s office about helping food trucks, yet food truck registrations are down nearly 50% since last year.

CHICAGO, IL – Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a plan to the City Council today to add five more dedicated mobile food truck stands in higher-density neighborhoods that would provide
the space to operate in addition to the legal parking spaces food trucks currently use.

“These dedicated stands for food trucks provide additional parking opportunities and expanded operations to foster this growing industry,” said Mayor Emanuel. “They will also
help to safeguard communities from added congestion and public safety issues.”

Similar to a traditional loading zone, these dedicated locations will help food truck operators to park safely, especially in high-congestion areas where parking is scarce. These
five additional sites would bring the number of dedicated food truck zones to 30.

The proposed additional mobile food truck stands are in the following downtown locations:

  • 200 S. LaSalle St. (Loop)
  • 151 N. Franklin St. (Loop)
  • 185 N. Upper Columbus Dr. (Lake Shore East)
  • 105 E. Monroe St.(Millennium Park)
  • 300 S. Wabash Ave. (DePaul Loop Campus)

Food truck operators are now permitted to prepare “food to order” on board their trucks and have the opportunity to park for free in these proposed “food truck stands” in highly
congested areas, as well as legal metered spaces that are 200 feet from a retail food establishment.

Each food truck will be able to park at one food stand or other legal parking spot for up to two hours.

columbia mo food truck
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COLUMBIA, MO – At its meeting Monday night, the Columbia City Council approved ordinances to authorize food truck zones on certain downtown streets and to extend the hours that restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol at sidewalk cafes.

After the passage of the ordinances, food trucks will be able to set up shop at eight on-street parking spaces on the south side of Cherry Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, eight spaces on the south side of Locust Street between Ninth and Tenth streets, and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street between Ninth and Tenth.

To use the zones, food truck operators need to pay for the parking spaces they use by leasing meter bags from the city’s Public Works Department. Daily bags cost $10 for one space and $20 for two spaces, and monthly bags cost $150 for one space and $200 for two spaces.

Before passage of the food truck ordinance, food trucks were mostly limited to private parking lots.

Bryan Maness, owner of the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., testified before the council and asked it to amend the proposed ordinance to allow food trucks to park on city streets on the University of Missouri campus. Campus is predominantly zoned R-3 residential, and the ordinance the council passed does not allow food trucks in residential areas.

Council members indicated they might be open to adjusting food truck zones later, but Mayor Bob McDavid said the city should get the university’s input on the issue of allowing the trucks on campus before amending the ordinance.

“I think we should explore that,” McDavid said.

Find the entire article at columbiatribune.com <here>

madison food cartsMADISON, WI – The city of Madison’s Common Council members passed an ordinance to expand late-night food cart vending locations and referred the alcohol license density ordinance to the Plan Commission at their last meeting Tuesday.

Council members unanimously approved a late-night food cart vending ordinance March 18 to expand vending locations. The previous ordinance confined the food carts to a small downtown area against vendors’ preferences as expressed in previous meetings.

The current ordinance to be enacted March 27 reserves 10 late-night vending sites throughout the downtown area. Some of the new locations include the 300 and 500 blocks of North Frances Street, the 400 block of West Gilman and the corner of University Avenue and Lake Street among others.

Late night food vendors are required to submit applications for zone assignments before the April 1 deadline. The city will distribute zones based on seniority.

“I think that it will probably improve the business for the late nights vendors,” Steve Lawrence, owner of Fried and Fabulous, said. “I think that students are going to be thrilled because they’ll see their favorite vendors are going to be staying for longer, whereas previously, a lot of vendors were talking about leaving.”

Find the entire article at madison.com <here>

food truck lotteryLAS VEGAS, NV – Food truck operators interested in having access to four parking spots in downtown Las Vegas on a rotating basis must register for a lottery by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. The lottery will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., in the first-floor training room No. 3 at 8 a.m.

The city’s mobile food vendor pilot program provides designated parking spaces for food trucks to do business downtown. Registrations for the lottery will be accepted at the city of Las Vegas Parking Services Office, located at 500 S. Main St. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The drawing is restricted to companies currently licensed to operate mobile food vending trucks inside the Las Vegas city limits. Entries will be limited to one per company. There is a non-refundable fee of $50 per licensee to enter the lottery. The mobile food vendor license is not a privileged license and can be obtained online at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/business or by contacting business licensing at (702) 229-6281.

Find the entire article at mynews3.com <here>

on the fly jacksonville food truckJACKSONVILLE, FL – Their dining options range from exotic — sesame seared ahi tuna atop wasabi cabbage slaw — to familiar (sort of) — dijon buttermilk fried chicken and Swedish meatballs.

But you don’t find and enjoy these offerings in fancy restaurants; you chow down outside a brightly colored truck in a parking lot or curbside as part of Jacksonville’s thriving food-truck culture.

Yet trendy trucks, mobile hot-dog counters and fruit stands on wheels can’t serve in Neptune, Atlantic or Jacksonville beaches, since those cities ban them. And some restaurants don’t want them nearby either, according to the “truckies.”

“After setting up a few times and getting shut down, we realized that we weren’t allowed out there,” said Driftwood BBQ chef/owner Patrick O’Grady, who lives just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Atlantic Beach. “Then it was just finding businesses that would accept it and then not think of it as a roach coach coming to set up.”

The beaches should love food trucks, added Corner Taco truck chef/owner Chris Dickerson.

“We live in a free-market society and you can’t have excellence without competition,” the Jacksonville Beach resident said. “Just like any brick-and-mortar restaurant, we provide competition … It is just a natural fit for the beaches.”

There may be light at the end of Beach Boulevard as rules could be changing in Jacksonville Beach. City Manager George Forbes said support is building for a possible City Council vote in January to allow food trucks only on private property with no curbside parking.

Find the entire article by Dan Scanlan at jacksonville.com <here>

Sacramento AirportSACRAMENTO, CA – Food trucks are rolling into the cellphone parking lot of Sacramento International Airport as part of an experiment.

The trucks rolled into the airport on Tuesday, and customers rolled right up with them.

It’s part of an agreement between the airport and Foodmob, a food truck organization representing more than 20 of its members.

The trucks are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and offer a rotating array of food. Tuesday had Greek, but Wednesday cold bring burgers, or even barbecue.

“There’s a new gourmet truck they’re going to be rotating, so they’re not going to get the same thing every day,” said Naeema Afzili with Gyro Kings.

Airport officials say it’s just a 45-day trial, but if it works out well, they’re willing to extend it. Vendors pay just $20 a day for parking.

The idea isn’t new to Sacramento, as airports in Tampa, Tucson, San Francisco and elsewhere have also brought in trucks.

phoenix food trucksPHOENIX, AZ – Henry Uhrik sat at a picnic table, nibbling on a coconut Italian ice he bought from a food truck parked at downtown’s Phoenix Public Market.

“I’m here every Wednesday,” he said. “I volunteer at the Phoenix Art Museum, and I drive down here between shifts.”

Uhrik, a senior at the Arizona School for the Arts, buys from all of the trucks that set up at Central Avenue and Pierce Street.

Uhrik may find options in new locations if food-truck proponents can work out some flexibility with the city. Discussions are under way to allow the trucks to park in vacant lots until developers build on the land.

The food-truck industry in metro Phoenix has captured the attention of Mayor Greg Stanton, who said, “They’re a lot of fun and very creative. They add vibrancy and zest to the community. … I enjoy their food.”

He said he wants to create more opportunities for food trucks throughout the city.

“We’re looking at a variety of ways we can support food trucks and the food-truck culture,” he said.

Stanton said he wants to strike a balance, taking advantage of the fun and vibrancy spawned by the food-truck culture while supporting brick-and-mortar businesses.

Brad Moore is chairman of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, a trade organization whose website lists 48 members, a list that is growing.

Moore is working with the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to boost activity in the Roosevelt area on the increasingly popular Food Truck Friday, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market. Trucks also show up at the farmers market on Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Food trucks have evolved from the wagons of decades past that pulled up at lunch time outside factories and other work sites, offering a hot dog and a bag of potato chips with a soft drink. They now offer fine cuisine, attracting a diverse clientele of foodies, office workers and others who celebrate the proliferation of the trucks.

Find the entire article by Luci Scott at azcentral.com <here>

norfolk downtownNORFOLK, VA – Registration is underway for vendors interested in Norfolk’s recently approved mobile food-vending program.

The city has scheduled a public lottery for June 17 at 9 a.m. in its human resources training room at 520 Main Street. Officials will draw six numbers for trucks or trailers and five numbers for pushcarts.

Selected vendors will be assigned a starting location for lunch only. Officials will develop a weekly rotation for trucks and trailers.

The spaces will be open during other times of day on a first-come, first-served basis. Pushcarts will not rotate.

The deadline for registration is June 14 at 5 p.m. For information on the food vending program, including the lottery registration form and food vendor permit application, go to www.norfolk.gov and click on the box at the bottom of the home page.

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