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 East Lansing, Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Raleigh.

June 7

MSU food trucks offer taste of State – on the go – EAST LANSING, MI – The Eat at State On-The-Go food truck was born as a a kind of conciliatory gesture.

The cafeteria at Michigan State University’s Shaw Hall was closed last fall for renovations. The university isn’t exactly short on dining halls but the people in culinary services nonetheless wanted students living in Shaw to have another option at their doorstep.

They rented a food truck, gave it an unwieldy name and had it parked outside by the third week of September.

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Entrepreneur Helps Set Off Food Truck Golden Age In Atlanta – ATLANTA, GA – Just a few years ago, Howard Hsu’s barbecue truck, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, was one of the only food trucks in the city. Today it is joined by a park full of other “food on wheels” units, plus many more outside the premises.

As the city’s first permanent food truck site, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market attracts an average of 1,000 people daily; but last year the bustling space was nothing more than an abandoned lot.

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June 8

DeRusha Eats Goes Behind The Scenes With Food Trucks – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The food trucks are back on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Even though they usually open their windows at 11 a.m., the work starts early in the morning.

You have to get up early to begin the day with with Christina Nguyen and Birk Grudem from Hola Arepa, and Natalie Coleman and her team from Dandelion Kitchen.

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San Francisco cooks up tighter food truck laws – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The latest bit of legislation, set forth by S.F. Supervisor Scott Wiener, is primarily aimed at establishing a truce between the city’s brick-and-mortar restaurants and the meals on wheels biz.

Some restaurant owners — who’ve said food trucks have stolen away up to half of their business — have called for stricter regulations on how food trucks and stands operate.

Wiener’s new law creates a buffer zone of 75 feet between trucks and brick-and-mortar eateries, restricts the number of trucks that operate downtown at a given time, and limits food vendors to selling at one location no more than three days a week.

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June 9

Thousands flock to downtown Raleigh for Food Truck Rodeo – RALEIGH, NC – Hungry folks were lining up on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh Sunday for a Food Truck Rodeo.

Thousands took advantage of the great Sunday weather to come out and sample tasty treats from more than 40 different food trucks representing all kinds of cuisine.

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LinkedIn Debuts “Food Truck Friday” – Bay Area, CA – One of the challenges facing tech companies in a strong economy is how to keep employees from going somewhere else. Say you’re already successful, big, and publicly traded.

How do you keep talented employees from going to small, sexy startups?

That’s something a lot of tech firms are fighting against these days, and LinkedIn (which, by the way, is now officially successful, big, and publicly traded) has an answer: Food Truck Friday.

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