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CHICAGO, IL - Chicago’s regulations of food trucks have achieved their desired effect: protecting restaurants by crushing food trucks.

The Schnitzel King reports on Facebook:

“Happy Monday schnitzelers! First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for supporting us through our schnitzel journey. We are sad to say we are closing our doors for now, but that doesn’t mean the Schnitzel King will be off the road forever. With the harsh food truck laws in Chicago, coupled with some kinks at our storefront location, we’ve been forced to close down our schnitzel operations here in Chicago. We are taking our schnitzel to greener pastures so stay tuned for updates in the future!”

Schnitzel King’s owners are remaining party to a lawsuit led by the Institute for Justice, which posts on the matter:

“The city has banned food trucks from doing business within 200 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that serves food. That includes not only restaurants but coffee shops and convenience stores as well.”

Violate that rule, and entrepreneurs can face fines of up to $2,000 — ten times the penalty for parking in front of a fire hydrant. To enforce the 200-foot rule, Chicago is forcing all food truck owners to install a GPS tracking device that reports each truck’s every move. That invasion of privacy shows a shameful lack of respect for Chicagoans’ constitutional rights.

Find the entire article at washingtonexaminer.com <here>

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Mobile Cuisine profiles mobile food vendors from across the nation every week. At the end of the week we provide a poll that includes each of the vendors we have profiled, so that the readers can tell us who they feel is deserving of their Mobile Food Vendor of the Week.

Food Truck of the Week

The polls are posted on Friday afternoons, and will run through the following Monday until noon (CST). At that point we will inform the winner and all of our readers, and present the trophy (Sorry folks, it’s only an image of the trophy).

Ok, with all of that said, we can start the polling. This week’s contestants are (click on them to find their profiles)…

Potato Champion – Portland, OR
Schnitzel King – Chicago, IL
Ms. Cheezious – Miami, FL

If you are an owner of a food vending business and would like to be profiled, please contact us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com. We will setup a time in which we can talk or get some details from you for our profile.

 

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Food trucks have had a tough time in operating in Windy City over the years, but two mobile entrepreneurs are trying to make a difference. Not only are Kristin Casper and Greg Burke the co-owners of the Schnitzel King food truck, they are also vocal advocates of the mobile food industry in Chicago.

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After feeding the tailgating crowds before Bears game for a few years, Burke decided to turn his love for cooking into a business. Casper and Burke took a retired 70’s postal truck and converted it into a mobile food business. Now, instead of delivering mail, the truck now delivers Eastern European style schnitzel. You might even say, “Rain or shine, snow or sleet, they deliver your schnitzel!”

The Schnitzel King hit the streets of Chicago in November of 2011, selling Burke’s recipe for schnitzel. “Most people think schnitzel is a sausage,” Ms. Casper has said. “We enjoy bringing a bit of our Eastern European heritage to Chicago. This is both of our dreams come true.”

Their signature item, the Chicago Schnitzel Sandwich, is a pork cutlet fried to a golden brown, topped with onions and peppers and then layered between bread from local Chicago bakery, “Turano.” Other menu options, all made with local ingredients when possible, will include a veal version, as well as a sweet potato schnitzel.

Their menu also features Burke’s great-grandmother’s Czech potato salad.  Their sweet treats include an apricot & raspberry kolaczki, banana bars and chocolate sheet cake.

In regards to their industry advocacy, they have consistently shared their opinions publically. When Chicago city aldermen voted for a law which allowed truck owners to finally cook on board (but also added numerous restrictions and fines) these politicians claimed they were trying to balance the interests of food truck operators against those of already established restaurants.

While government should have a role in food safety, it should not be picking the winners and losers in the restaurant business. Because of this Schnitzel Queen Casper couldn’t hold her tongue. Not only did she write numerous editorials on the topic, but became part of an upcoming legal battle. Along with the Institute for Justice and another local food truck operator, the team has brought lawsuit against the city of Chicago. The suit, which claims Chicago’s food truck law violates the state’s constitution, also takes issue with the requirement that every mobile food operator install a GPS tracking device at their expense. The suit states that the requirement “is not necessary to further any legitimate government interest, and does not provide a constitutionally adequate substitute for a warrant” and only “exists to enforce the 200-foot proximity restriction.”

The Schnitzel King food truck can be found on the streets of  Chicago and it’s surrounding suburbs.

Updates are posted at their WebsiteTwitter, and Facebook.

Our recommendation:

The Weiner Schnitzel Sandwich: The key ingredient in this delicious sandwich is the homemade brown spicy mustard.  It gives the sandwich a nice little bite.

What their fans have said:

“Most food trucks don’t give you a lot of bang for your buck, but this guy does. You get a giant sandwich for your $7, and it’s definitely worth it! You won’t walk around hungry afterwards, I guarantee, and it tastes great, too.” Susan S. - Evanston, IL

Schnitzel King Food Truck on Urbanspoon

 

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