OTW LogoIn 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 Washington DC, Portland, Pittsburgh, Houston and Chicago.

June 14

Orange to Introduce Emergency Food Truck Bill Next Week – WASHINGTON DC – Following on a D.C. Council session last week in which city legislators approved a chunk of the District’s proposed regulations over food trucks while empowering themselves to tweak the rest, Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) plans to introduce some modifications next week.

Orange, The Washington Post reports, intends to propose an emergency bill at the Council’s legislative meeting next Tuesday that will loosen some of the restrictions on food trucks operating in downtown D.C. The bill comes after Orange, who chairs the Council’s Business, Regulatory, and Consumer Affairs Committee, met with representatives of industry organization representing both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants.

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Coming to Portland: a food cart convention – PORTLAND, OR – Portland is taking its street-foodiness to another level: It’s hosting a convention for “mobile vending professionals,” said to be a U.S. first of its kind.

The Roam Mobile Food Conference is scheduled for Sept. 13-15. Sadly, the organizers won’t be settling regional divides over when to say “food cart” and when to say “food truck,” nor will thousands of bagel Bentleys, burger buses, croissant coupes, sherbet Chevelles and haggis wagons be converging from all over the planet. But maybe a few will.

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June 15

PGH Taco Truck delivers on delicious food – PITTSBURGH, PA – It was a sunny Monday afternoon outside Marty’s Market in the Strip District, and James Rich helped a new customer with his order. His face tacky with sweat, the 41-year-old owner of PGH Taco Truck had been feeding hungry patrons since noon. He wore an extra-large T-shirt emblazoned with the truck’s red, black and yellow logo. He wiped his brow as he spoke.

“You really should get the pork taco,” he suggested. “It’s especially good today.”

His truck’s daily menu consists of six tacos. Among them are the chicken, bacon and cheddar taco with Sriracha lime cream; the curried potato and guacamole taco; the braised beef and kimchi taco; and a ground beef with cheddar and salsa taco. Prices range from $3 to $5. The menu warns, “Tacos are fairly large.”

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Houston gets its own food truck park — and it has monster-sized plans – HOUSTON, TX – Considering the growing popularity of food truck culture in the Houston scene (and the City of Houston’s inability to revise ordinances that restrict their operations in downtown), it was only a matter of time before someone followed in the footsteps of Austin entrepreneurs to create a food truck park where all could exist in harmony.

And so it goes: Houston Food Park will make its debut at 1504 St. Emanuel St. with a grand opening event beginning at 3 p.m. on June 22, just in time for the official start of summer. Expect Yummy’z Kitchen, Coreanos, POCKet to Meand Betton’s Comfort Food to be among the mobile eateries serving up treats at the event.

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June 16

City Licenses Seven New Food Trucks Including Waffle & Burger Trucks – CHICAGO, IL –  Yesterday, the Mayor’s Office announced in a release that seven new food trucks received licenses to cook on-board the vehicles, and it’s an excellent list. There’s the Eastman Egg Company, a breakfast-themed truck serving egg specialties; Beaver’s Coffee and Donuts; Gelato D’Oro; Cheesie’s, a truck by the Lakeview grilled cheese restaurant; Windy City Patty Wagon, a burger truck; and Carbon’s Kitchen, serving gourmet waffles. And then Giordano’s. This brings the total of licensed food trucks up to 13.

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