In the same vein as having a broken down food truck, not having a commissary side lines a mobile food business. A recent fire in Philadelphia food truck commissary has shut down over 30 Philly food trucks. We hope that these food truck owners are able to find an alternative solution to their existing commissary while the landlords rebuild. If you are in the Philadelphia area with a commissary please reach out to the association to let them know you have openings, even if it’s just temporary.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia residents and visitors will have fewer food truck options during this year’s busy summer season since dozens of food trucks are still unable to work a week after a fire that broke out at a local commissary.

Philadelphia requires food trucks to report daily to a commissary for service, food preparation and cleaning, but at least 30 food trucks have been impacted after a fire on June 6 broke out at the USA Mobile Commissary at 31st and Jefferson streets.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, although a report from the fire department is expected within eight weeks, according to Rob Mitchell, president of the Philly Mobile Food Association and owner of The Cow and the Curd food truck.

Since food trucks require a commissary, this has left them in purgatory.

“It’s been a difficult stretch trying to figure out how we proceed from here,” said David Fine, founder of Schmear It. “The biggest thing we’re dealing with is the damage to trucks. … We’re trying to assess what it looks like and how we proceed from there based on insurance coverage.”

Damage varies from truck to truck, depending on a number factors like proximity to the fire. One food truck is damaged to the point where owners need a new truck, according to Mitchell.

According to Mitchell, another food truck operator said baking equipment still smelled of fire after exposure to heat even after cleaning and sterilizing.

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