OTW Logo food truck newsIn 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 Minneapolis, Carson City, Oak Bluff, Asheville and Portsmouth.

June 28

Feed me! Four great apps for finding food trucks – Somewhere in this city, there’s a food truck. I’m hungry, and I’m wandering block after block, looking for people standing in line near a brightly colored vehicle that is handing out delicious fried mac-and-cheese balls, Coca-Cola braised steamed pork buns, tikka masala burritos, cherry smoked chicken sandwiches, or crème brûlée. And I know, somewhere close, there’s a truck parked and preparing a mouthwatering variety of potential lunch items. It may not have been there yesterday, it may not be there tomorrow, but with an app in hand, I will find it.

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Food Trucks Enjoy Big Business in Minneapolis – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Food trucks are booming in Minneapolis, and this weekend it’s kind of like their Super Bowl.

Food truck operators are slamming during lunch hour during the weekdays in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. And on the weekends they’re busy with event nearly every day. This weekend most trucks will head to Pride Fest in Loring Park and on Sunday the Minnesota Food Truck fair in Uptown.

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June 29

Heat Makes Food Truck Jobs Difficult – CARSON CITY, NV- As the temperatures rose, workers inside the Traffic Jam food truck started to cook literally and figuratively.

“We’re pushing an average temperature in here of about 120 degrees,” said Walt Suen, cook for Traffic Jam.

The two battery-powered fans this food truck uses to keep its workers cool don’t quite do the trick.

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Oak Bluffs Considers Banning Food Trucks in Downtown Area – OAK BLUFF, NY – Food trucks likely will never be permitted in downtown Oak Bluffs, according to draft regulations presented at a public reading at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting. At the well-attended meeting, the public and the selectmen spoke out passionately on both sides of the issue — in support of the allowance of food trucks in the downtown area, or in opposition.

This spring Bill Coggins, the property owner of a small alleyway on 16 Circuit avenue, asked selectmen to approve two businesses he wants to situate in the alleyway: jewelry stand Akoya Pick-A-Pearl and the Irie Bites food truck. Selectmen approved a license for the jewelry stand, but held off approving the food truck, saying that the town has not passed any regulations for food trucks in the downtown area.

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June 30

Lift of Asheville food truck limits opens options – ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville City Council last week made way for more food trucks, and the results will begin to be visible this month.

In a unanimous decision, council voted Tuesday to eliminate the limit for food truck permits for the central business district. Previously, only 10 permits a year were issued to downtown trucks. Although there is no longer a set limit to the number of permits, the food trucks are still tied to finding and requesting permits for a specific lot.

Ordinances regulating downtown food truck vendors require sites to be equipped with electric stations because generators violate downtown noise ordinances. Food truck lots must also be outfitted with proper lighting, easy access — even extra trees — often at the vendors’ expense.

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Restaurateurs seek city OK for downtown food truck – PORTSMOUTH, NH – A food truck specializing in New York-style street food could soon have a presence in the downtown.

Michael Prete and Matthew Grecco, owners of The Kitchen Restaurant on Islington Street, are working with city officials to establish a new mobile vending option in the city’s center.

According to Prete, the restaurant already has a licensed food truck in Portsmouth that operates primarily for catering and visits local businesses at Pease International Tradeport and along Commerce Way.

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