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ALBANY, NY – Foodies in Albany may soon have more options for food on the go.

The city rolled out a new pilot program this week to expand locations for food trucks and food vendors in the capital.

Currently the City of Albany only allows food trucks and food vendors in three main areas in the city but starting this week, that’s about to change. Food vendors will have the chance to apply for permits to move elsewhere. 

The food trucks on Washington Avenue have been a long tradition for people on the go. Melissa Silva’s family has been running their hot dog cart for the last 42 years.

“We were actually one of the first vendors out here, and you can see it’s grown a lot since then,” said Silva.

On Thursday alone there were eight trucks and one hot dog stand. According to the vendors, that’s in part because currently the city restricts vendors to State Street, Washington Avenue and the Lincoln Park Pool, but thanks to a new program more locations are being added.

“I think that’s a great opportunity to have other spots to go to,” said Amanda Zareski with Baja Chops Food Truck.

According to the mayor’s office the program will now allow three vendors to set up shop in Washington and Lincoln Park, and five more in public right-of ways across the city. This is something Capital Region foodies like Madelon Swinton says she can get behind.

“That would be a pretty good idea, so we don’t have to walk all the way from the museum to here, just all of the street, that’d be pretty cool,” said Swinton.

Find the entire article at news10.com <here>

iowa city food trucks

IOWA CITY, IA – Vendors were hammered with lunch orders on day one of the Iowa City food truck and mobile food vendor pilot program at Chauncey Swan Park.

Thursday marked the beginning of an experiment that will run through Oct. 31. The program is intended to test interest in allowing more mobile food vending permits, outside of six issued for the pedestrian mall.

Thursday’s vendors included Bread Garden Market’s gelato bicycle, Keepin’ Up with the Jones’s, Local Burrito and The Box Lunch.

Kyle Sieck, owner and chef at Local Burrito, said he ran out of food and needed more employees. Sieck said the rush could have been an “anomaly” due to the program’s novelty.

“That aside, I’m still really impressed that the community came out to support it on the first day,” he said.

Sieck said he is optimistic about the months ahead, and is excited to see how the students’ return to Iowa City affects business.

Sieck said he hopes to see officials keep working to make mobile vending in Iowa City more inclusive.

“I would just like to see a more comprehensive mobile vending ordinance and increase opportunities for us to be involved in the community,” he said. “The reason being we’re small businesses and entrepreneurs, and we can bring food to people at certain places and times where they aren’t currently being supplied.”

Jane McCune, of Blank & McCune real estate agency, said the location is a block from her office, making it a convenient lunch destination.

“I think (adding more food trucks) would be a good idea because I think there are plenty of people who are out and about, especially on the ped mall, and I think they would embrace the idea of eating local food outdoors,” she said.

Claire Myers, who works downtown, said she learned about the program through Twitter and came out to support local food.

“It’s convenient and obviously it’s worth a little more money to support local business,” she said.

Find the entire article at press-citizen.com <here>

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HORRY COUNTY, SC – You won’t see mobile food trucks rolling around Horry County anytime soon, but a pilot program to test allowing them to operate in the county is making its way through Horry County government committees.

Thursday afternoon the Horry County Mobile Food Vending Ad Hoc Committee met and approved a “working ordinance.” That ordinance will go to the planning committee and at least one other committee before making its way to the full Horry County Council for its vote, according to Steve Neese, the chairman of the committee.

The ordinance, as it is currently written, would allow for a year-long trial program in the county. Fifty permits would be issued the first year. If it is successful the program could be expanded, he said.

The ordinance calls for the trucks to be inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and fire officials, Neese said. The employees would also have to pass background checks, and the site of operation for the food truck would need to be approved, Neese said.

Neese said this ordinance will take two to three months to make its way to the full county council, but he said Thursday’s approval is “starting the process.”

Find the original article at carolinalive.com <here>

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CARLISLE, PA — Once illegal in Carlisle, food trucks are now legit for residents’ culinary pleasures.

Council voted unanimously to allow food trucks in the borough’s industrial district in what most of them called a trial run or pilot program with potential for expansion. The decision followed a public hearing during which the majority spoke in support of food vendors.

“I’ve shown personally that there’s a want for this, a demand for this,” said Jason Turner, owner of the mobile food business Unlawful Falafel, who has been fighting to have food trucks allowed in the borough.

Since last year, Turner has been operating his food cart business through a loophole in the borough ordinance by setting up on private property. That won’t be necessary now.

Brenda Landis, member of the West Side Neighbors Association, joined Turner in support of the new ordinance allowing food trucks and carts during Thursday’s public hearing.

“I think food trucks give another dimension that enriches Carlisle,” Landis said.

Besides being new businesses operating in the borough, they also spark a whole new set of events and programming that can attract young people, she said. That type of business diversity can only help, she said.

No one spoke out against the ordinance or mobile food businesses even though in the past some downtown restaurants had expressed concern and opposition over them.

Turner, in speaking about his business during the hearing, said this is an opportunity for anyone in the borough.

“I’m creating a market that any and all establishments in Carlisle can entertain,” he said.

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Aurora food truck
Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post

AURORA, CO – Food trucks may soon roam more freely through the streets of Aurora.

The City Council is considering a pilot program that would allow vendors to break away from their fixed, designated locations and group together with other food trucks to create mobile dining hubs.

“It is our hope that the pilot program will serve to attract additional foot traffic to our commercial districts,” said Gary Sandel, development project manager. “(We hope they will) provide convenient food choices for visitors to places such as the Aurora Fox Arts Center and brewery tap rooms that do not serve their own food.”

Under the existing ordinance, food truck businesses have to choose a single location on private property and stick to it all season. Trucks also have to be 1,500 feet from other vendors.

There are 33 registered vendors in Aurora, and most of them are tucked behind strip malls or pushed off in the far corners of home improvement store parking lots.

The new ordinance, which would start in August and last until Memorial Day 2015, would allow food trucks to change their location and group together in dense shopping areas as well as industrial zones and mixed-use districts. Trucks also could operate while parked within the city’s right of way and serve customers from an adjacent sidewalk.

“Food trucks are going to be great for Aurora because they offer entrepreneurs a way to try out new concepts in dining and they give consumers new options and mobility around grabbing something to eat that is generally healthier than fast food,” Ward 4 Councilmember Molly Markert said. “I look forward to seeing what we find out this time and exploring the opportunities that we will get to have.”

Find the entire article at denverpost.com <here>

iowa city food trucks

IOWA CITY, IA – It’s one of the newest trends all across the country–cooking and serving food curbside.

City Council in Iowa City approved a three-month pilot program to help determine if expanded vending opportunities for mobile food trucks and food carts should move forward in the City.

The council’s approval allows food truck vendors to set up mobile food trucks or food carts in three Iowa City locations between July 10 and October 31.

The three sites selected for the three-month pilot program are Chauncey Swan Park, City Park East Side Recycling Center with limited days and hours of operation have been established for each location.

The success of food truck vendors and the support from the community, will help whether policy changes allowing mobile food trucks to expand operations in the City should be explored, permanently.

Currently, six mobile vendors have businesses set up on the Ped Mall downtown, while others have been approved to sell prepared foods at the Iowa City Farmers Markets.

Mobile food vendors and food carts also are allowed to operate in the City on private property and during festivals and other special events.

All mobile vendors will pay the City $15 per day in permit fees in advance to operate their trucks or carts on City-owned property.

For more information: www.icgov.org/foodtruck

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HARBOR SPRINGS, MI – The success of food trucks in Boyne City and Traverse City has inspired Harbor Springs to look in to this new trend.

The small town of Harbor Springs has taken the idea of mobile food vendors off the back-burner to test if it will help their town’s economy.

Harbor Spring’s population in the summer time nearly triples,

The community thinks it’s time for something new to roll into town to help their economy.

 “What we don’t want is for a family, or a couple, or anyone to come in our town come to my restaurant and it’s an hour wait there or an hour wait at matt’s restaurant the new york try to find a place to eat and leave harbor springs and say i’m never going again because there’s not much for me to do,” said Stafford’s Pier Restaurant’s General Manager Jodi Ewbank.

To curb the community’s appetite for something to rejuvenate their economy the Harbor Springs counsel has decided to test the waters by implementing a six-month mobile food-vending pilot project.

So far operating regulations or fees have not been set by the city.

Find the entire article at upnorthlive.com <here>

lexington food trucks

LEXINGTON, KY – Lexington city leaders are looking into expanding where food trucks can conduct business.  A city council committee reviewed a proposal Tuesday to allow food trucks in professional office zones around the community.

Division of Planning Director Chris King says proximity to neighborhoods should be considered.  “The only thing that does give me pause is that a lot of times P-1 are very close to residential and were set up and agreed to by neighborhoods as a step down buffer and if a food truck came in running a generator, generating smells, they might not be happy,” said King.

The Planning Committee took no action on the matter.  Committee member Steve Kay suggests tighter restrictions if the office center is situated near residential areas.  “Make an accessory use, except where the adjacency between the applicant and a residential area is x and we can figure out what that is  and that is a conditional use, so they would have to let the neighbors know, if they’re residential,” said Kay.

Food trucks are allowed to do business in selected downtown areas during specific times.  ?The committee will revisit the issue.

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iowa city food trucks

IOWA CITY, IA – The first Iowa City farmers’ market was packed and the line for The Box Lunch food truck was steady, where owner Liz Wohlford handed out food to hungry customers who were happy to see her truck out after a long winter.

“I couldn’t find you guys soon enough,” one customer said.

Wohlford decided to start the truck last year after 30 years as a mechanical engineer, and now sells The Box Lunch’s 50s and 60s-style diner food wherever she can. Her nephew Chris George got on board as the chef, and it was a perfect fit.

“(I) just got tired of (the) corporate world and wanted to start my own business,” she said.

But Wohlford and George aren’t just trying to change their own lives. They want to help change Iowa City’s laws, too.

After taking public input at a recent forum, they’ve helped Iowa City staff draft the very beginning of a food truck pilot program. Right now, there are no city ordinances that oversee food truck sales within the city, outside of specific events like the farmers’ market.

The pilot program will test how much business the food trucks can generate on their own in a given location, while not taking away from other restaurants. The trucks will be tested in three different locations in both the summer and fall, once students come back into town.

“Brick and mortar restaurants and food trucks co-exist, and sometime it takes a while to figure out what that relationship needs to be,” said assistant city manager Geoff Fruin.

“I would not set my burrito truck up in front of a burrito restaurant, just because that’s not cool,” said Local Burrito owner Kyle Sieck.

Sieck has also been a part of the pilot program process, and said, he wants to sell more food, but not at the expense of the community.

“It’s a small town with a big city feel,” he said. “It pays to cooperate.”

And something about Sieck’s philosophy is paying off, because Local Burrito isn’t just a food truck. Sieck rents space the Iowa City Hillel commercial kitchen to cook for his wholesale operation. People can find Local Burrito items in 16 different stores between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

“That’s essentially what Local Burrito’s mission is: to local common food products and encourage people to start their own local businesses,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in that. The whole idea of growing and contributing to everything I’ve put into this this far motivates me.”

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KNOXVILLE, TN – The City of Knoxville is experimenting with a one-year pilot program for food trucks and it released its plans to the public Tuesday afternoon.

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Zone Locations:

  4. 300 SOUTH GAY
  5. 200 SOUTH GAY
  6. 300 DEPOT

The plans, which are partly based on a similar program in Nashville, will allow food trucks to legally operate in public and certain private spaces while also abiding by city codes.

In order to adhere to the plan:

  • Vendors will need to pay a $500 application fee for a permit;
  • Food trucks will be able to operate in marked spaces along downtown streets;
  • They will be able to operate in private parking lots, with the permission of the property owner;
  • They will not be able to operate in residential zones.

Knoxville Business Liaison Patricia Robledo said seven marked zones downtown will be open to food trucks. Each will be open at a different time, ranging anywhere from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day. She said she believes the first food trucks may hit downtown in early April.

“What’s neat about the program is that we’ll be able to evaluate it and make changes to it in a timely basis,” Robledo said.

She added the city took into consideration traffic, safety and visibility when it determined where the zones should be located.

Find the entire article at wbir.com <here>

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