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PLANO TX – The Plano City Council unanimously passed an ordinance allowing restaurants to serve as commissaries for food trucks.

The decision will directly impact how the food truck industry operates.

Now food truck owners may serve from their trucks, but they must use a restaurant kitchen to prepare and store their food.

Ann Keady takes credit for pushing the legislation through. She and her husband Jason Key are living the ultimate food truck dream after their Cajun Tailgators truck expanded into a bricks and mortar location in downtown Plano. The two businesses now run in tandem, supplying the area with plenty of po’boys, gumbo and étouffée.

The food may have helped their cause. The Cajun Café happens to be located steps from City Hall, and according to Keady “they’re our biggest customers.” Keady says it took about three months start to finish to get the city to rewrite the code, and now their restaurant can serve as their commissary, saving them significant storage and waste disposal fees every month.

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Plano Texas MapPLANO, TX — The City Council on Monday voted to allow food truck parks in Plano.

The parks have grown popular across North Texas in recent years, but Plano’s zoning code restricted them. The unanimous council decision permits food trucks to have a permanent presence.

At least two groups interested in opening parks were turned away before the change, city officials have said.

They said at least one property owner still has interest in opening a park. It’s not immediately clear who that is or where the property is located.

To be approved, food truck parks must have parking available and be at least 150 feet from residential districts.

The rules restricting the parks were written before food trucks became a popular way for food vendors to get their start. In the past, the trucks were considered nuisances. Now, they offer vendors a cheaper alternative to brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Under the old rules, trucks were limited to operating in the city for only 45 days per year. They came in for special events and were occasionally invited to set up at Plano schools. Those activities will still be allowed under the new rules.

“We are not trying to regulate when a food truck pulls up on the street or when several trucks come to [school] campuses on certain days,” planning director Phyllis Jarrell said.

Some city officials had anticipated complaints from restaurants that might consider food trucks unwelcome competition. But that opposition never materialized. No one spoke against the change at a public hearing.

Monday’s decision is the third time in just over a year that the city has loosened food regulations that vendors had argued were too onerous.

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In 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 Greensboro, Plano, Del Mar, Paris and Lincoln.


October 26

Food Trucks cooking up success in downtown Greensboro – GREENSBORO, NC – Just a few weeks into Greensboro’s pilot program for Food Trucks downtown, a marketing company says they will be recommending them as a permanent fixture to the city.

The Sales Factory is surveying customers and gathering information about the food trucks the city is allowing on Commerce Place downtown for the month of October.

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Plano may become food truck friendly – PLANO, TX – Food trucks are one of the fastest-growing dining trends in Texas.

The mobile kitchens dish out everything from Vietnamese Bánh mì sandwiches loaded with grilled pork and daikon radish to baked potatoes with blue cheese and buffalo chicken on top. If it has been dreamed up, there is probably a food truck in DFW that specializes in selling it.

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October 27

Food truck trend drawing scrutiny – DEL MAR, CA – After receiving a number of complaints from local businesses, Del Mar is taking a closer look at food trucks that recently rolled into town.

Since Oct. 10, six food trucks have been operating at Seagrove Parking Lot from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

Members of the brick-and-mortar business community have raised a number of concerns, from design-review requirements to noise and smells to, most notably, competition.

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Food truck event hits streets of Paris – PARIS, FRANCE – In a sign that the food truck phenomenon is no passing fad in Paris – the unofficial gastronomic capital of the food world – an influential culinary group has invited food truck operators from Copenhagen to New York to turn the courtyard of a historic building into a makeshift dining parking lot.

The two-day event called La Pompe à Bulles et les Délicatrucks is organized by food guide and festival organizer Le Fooding, a group that could be described as the antithesis to the white-gloved, silver service world of fine dining.

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October 28

Owners of food trucks want better access to downtown spots – LINCOLN, NE – Launching a restaurant used to require the right location, a bank loan and a gambler’s tolerance for risk.

Now it seems like it takes just four wheels and a couple of Crock-Pots.

Imaginative chefs have driven food trucks far beyond the land of corn dogs and cotton candy, making mobile cuisine a popular trend on the coasts and on food television. They have been slower to arrive in the Midwest, but Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs have all seen growth in food truck numbers the past three years.

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