In 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 past weekend from Louisville, Grand Rapids, Fresno and Golden Valley.

September 13

OTW LogoHealth Dept. Official: Food Truck Letter Grades ‘Should Be a Reality’ – LOUISVILLE, KY – “Potentially so, yes,” said Matthew Rhodes, deputy director of Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness, when asked if he saw food trucks being able to receive letter grades as brick-and-mortar restaurants do. “We have discussed some of the pros and cons. Just the primary concern is that they are a mobile operation. And if we can overcome that obstacle, which I think that we can, it should be a reality sometime in the near future.”

In mid-August, food truck operators and health department representatives met for the second time in the wake of WAVE 3 Troubleshooter (pew pew) Eric Flack’s reports about possible health-code concerns involving food trucks.
“We just talked about different things that would be required in order for them

[the trucks] to comply with A-B-C regulations, as well as some policy changes that would be necessary on our part and some programmatic concerns,” Rhodes said.

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Planning Commission approves request to allow food trucks downtown – GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On September 12, the Planning Commission passed the request of the special land use of food concessions on the corner of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. This was the first request for food concessions on private land in the downtown area. The request was made by Randy Van Antwerp, the Deputy Director of Administration and CFO of the GRAM.

The proposed location was the southwest corner between Rosa Parks Circle and the GRAM. The location is approximately 68 feet by 75 feet. The food trucks would be allowed on a yearly basis and would be permitted to be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursday. On the weekend, hours extend to 11 p.m.

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September 14

Food Truck Explosion – FRESNO, CA – Just before 6:30p.m. Friday a food truck exploded on the field of Fresno Christian. Three people were injured and investigators say it could have been far worse.

People gathered for a high school football game at Fresno Christian and watched in shock as a trailer exploded and was reduced to a pile of rubble.

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September 15

Share in it all Food Truck: Donate to help end hunger in the Twin Cities – GOLDEN VALLEY, MN – September is Hunger Action Month and KARE 11 is partnering with Coborns and Second Harvest Heartland in a unique effort to help end hunger in the Twin Cities.

The Share in it all Food Truck is a Coborns Delivers vehicle that works like a food truck in reverse. Instead of providing food for the public to purchase, the truck will be in three metro locations during month of September collecting food and cash donations to support the work of Second Harvest HeartlandOnline donations to this cause are also accepted.

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