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Local food truck owners battled to reserve prime times and spaces to park their mobile restaurants in a food truck lottery held at Las Vegas City Hall.
Twenty-one food truck owners signed up for spaces in downtown Las Vegas from February through July.
Food truck owners were assigned numbers at random. The numbers defined what order they could reserve spots and times to do business.
“There’s no preferential treatment. Everybody has an equal chance, as long as they registered,” said Cheryl Jolly, owner of Bake My Day Cupcake Truck. She said the lottery is the perfect way for her to expand business and gain a new customer base.
“It’s a $50 fee to register and every six months you have to re-register, but the profits will far outweigh cost,” Jolly said.
The mobile restaurants have to be 150 feet away from brick and mortar restaurants.
The lottery on Tuesday had five more food truck owners compared to the first lottery last July.
Interested vendors need to apply for a license on the City of Las Vegas website.
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Happy hump day, food truck followers! Most vendors are keeping out of the cold today, but a few are braving the streets. Don’t forget about the brick-and-mortar locations of your favorite trucks, including DC Empanadas, TaKorean, Seoul Food, and Curbside Cupcakes, among others.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH — Food trucks appear headed for this coastal community seven months after the City Council began discussing the issue that drew supporters from the industry and opponents among some local restaurant owners.
Mayor Charlie Latham and four of the six other city council members expressed their support of an ordinance at a public hearing Tuesday that would allow the food truck businesses to open at the Beaches, but a second reading and vote isn’t expected until the Feb. 3 council meeting.
The council expressed unanimous approval for two related ordinances regarding the zoning for such businesses and appointing a special magistrate to oversee the enforcement of regulations for the trucks.
The trucks are banned from all three Beaches communities, but a push by truck owners eventually led to a series of workshops held by the Jacksonville Beach City Council followed by three draft ordinances regulating the trucks.
While food truck owners and their fans spoke at the workshops in favor of locating at the beach, some restaurant owners expressed their concerns over the competition and the trucks not facing the same regulations as their businesses.
Latham said he believes the design of the ordinances will do everything possible to keep established restaurants from being harmed by the new business. He said he is also pleased the program will be done on a year-long test basis, with the council to revisit the impact in April 2015 with the possibility of changing or eliminating the ordinances.
“We especially need to continue to support our brick and mortar businesses and I think staff has done a really admirable job of finding the best possible compromise,” Latham said in voicing his support for the trucks.
Councilman Tom Taylor said after long thought that he’s decided to support the ordinances.
“I think it would be unfair to our citizens if we don’t try this pilot program,” Taylor said. “Competition is what it’s all about.”
Council members Keith Doherty, Christine Hoffman and Phil Vogelsang expressed their support of the ordinances.
But Steve Hartkemeyer and Jeanell Wilson expressed concerns about regulations brick and mortar restaurants have to adhere to compared to food trucks. Wilson also expressed worries about potential parking problems created by the trucks.
“I’ve never been satisfied with the answers I’ve received about what they’re doing with their grease and what they’re doing with their trash,” Hartkemeyer said. “Is that trash going to show up at my wife’s gym?”
The dozen speakers on the issue at Tuesday’s regular council meeting split on supporting the ordinances.
John Stanford, who owns Blind Rabbit restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, a second restaurant in Jacksonville and a food truck in Jacksonville, said food trucks help bring jobs to a community and give entrepreneurs a chance to make a living.
“I think it’s a great thing for someone to get started as a business owner and to bring more tax revenue to the city,” Stanford said. “It would provide a great service to the Beaches area.”
Ed Malin, owner of Angie’s Subs on Beach Boulevard and a second eatery said he has no problem with food trucks, but doesn’t think the ordinances as written hold them as responsible as regulations for established restaurants. Malin said there should be one set of rules for everyone.
“I’m 100 percent for food trucks and government getting out of the way of the American businessman,” Malin said. “But I think the council is going to create a special interest ordinance for special group of people and whenever we do that, we create problems.”
The Beaches would be the latest spot for business conducted by food trucks in Duval County. About 60 are licensed to operate outside the Beaches.
The ordinances as currently written would only allow the trucks — not food carts — on private property with the owner’s permission, one per minimum lot size, with no limits on outdoor seating. Properties under the ordinances must be at least 6,000 to 43,559 square feet for one truck and more than 43,560 square feet for two.
City officials have estimated about two dozen properties would fit the ordinance restrictions in the city’s central business district.
Other provisions include:
◘ Routine inspections can be conducted by code enforcement, building code and fire inspectors and police officers.
◘ The vehicles must be located at least 100 feet from the main entrance to any eating establishment or similar food services business or outdoor dining area.
◘ One free-standing sandwich board or A-frame type sign, not to exceed 42 inches in height and 36 inches in width, is permitted for each vendor.
◘ Hours of operation are limited to 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. unless the location of the lot is within 150 feet of the property line of a home, when the hours would end at 10 p.m.
◘ The vendor is responsible for proper daily disposal of waste and trash and can’t use city trash receptacles.
◘ Liquid waste or grease shall be disposed of at an approved location and not placed in such places as storm drains or onto any sidewalk, street or other public space.
The city’s planning and development department began a study in the summer of 2011 on how other cities handled food trucks, collecting regulations from 25 jurisdictions as part of the research. Steve Lindorff, director of the department, said he thinks food trucks can easily co-exist with established restaurants at the beach.
“I think it adds to the quality of life in our community by providing an alternative way of enjoying a meal,” Lindorff said. “They’re obviously very popular in other locations.”
Jim Schoettler: (904) 359-4385
Updated: Tuesday, January 14 2014, 08:21 PM CST
The Pensacola Planning Board today will discuss new regulations for food trucks in the downtown area.
City Councilman Andy Terhaar has proposed an ordinance that would keep the rolling restaurants out of the core business area, and away from existing restaurants.
That idea received unanimous support from the city council last month.
Terhaar’s ordinance would keep food trucks 500 feet away from brick and mortar restaurants on Palafox street and within one block on either side… unless they get written permission from nearby restaurant owners.
Under current city law, food trucks are forbidden from operating on private property, except in areas zoned c-3 or industrial.
There’s nothing in the city code now about a vendors’ right to operate in public rights of way, as long as they are legally parked in a public space.
The ordinance on the table would also regulate how long a food truck could stay in one location.
Supporters of the law say it will preserve the beauty of the district, prevent sidewalk and traffic congestion, and protect the investments of established business owners.
Opponents say such a law is unconstitutional, and say there’s no evidence food trucks hurt anyone’s business.
Should food trucks be allowed in downtown Pensacola’s core area?
YOUR THREE CENTS: Food trucks downtown
Frost Travis at the Board of Public Works
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:09 pm
Second public meeting finds Ithaca restaurants and food truck owners still at odds over policy
On Monday, Jan. 13, the Board of Public Works held the second of two public hearings on the proposed street vending policy. Members of the public expressed differing opinions as to the particulars of the proposed policy, with many restaurant owners voicing concerns over the minimum distance of 100 feet between brick and mortar food service businesses and food trucks.
Landlord and business owner Frost Travis spoke about the unfair advantage food trucks in Collegetown would have relative to their brick and mortar counterparts. Citing an average rent of $40 per square foot, Travis suggested the low overhead of food trucks would make it difficult for brick and mortars to compete if food trucks are allowed in restaurant dense areas such as Collegetown.
Viva Taqueria Manager Tomas Harrington spoke in favor of the policy. “The fear that this is going to put brick and mortars out of business is overblown,” said Harrington. “My main concern is how much time and effort the city is devoting to mediating between restaurants and food trucks, and I hope this can be resolved and handed off to someone else.”
Food truck owner Kenny Broadwell suggested that food trucks located near downtown would increase downtown business traffic. “I think busy street corners are good,” said Broadwell. “The more things there are to do, the more people will come downtown.”
Simeon’s co-owner Rich Avery spoke against both the minimum distance of 100 feet and the proposed permitting fees. “A good day for these food trucks could pay their full year of fees,” said Avery. “There isn’t a single brick and mortar restaurant that could do that.”
Each permit application requires a $100 fee, with permit fees ranging from $43.20 quarterly for one dinner service per week in several neighborhood spots, to $604.80 quarterly for daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. spots at Cass or Stewart Park. Neighborhood locations will generally be allowed limited hours in the lunch and dinner range, with commercial and university permits allowing late night operation.
Mayor Svante Myrick said he would support changing the minimum distance from 100 feet to 200, though he added that he believes the food truck policy would boost brick-and-mortar businesses by attracting more consumers. He also stated that as with other policy changes during his administration, he believes it’s important to get the policy started and go back and amend it as necessary in future years to adjust to the reality of implementation.
Board member Robert Morache expressed the need for flexibility and foresight with the policy. “I wonder what would happen if someone wanted to open a restaurant in an empty store front within 100 feet of food trucks,” asked Morache. “Would we move those trucks? We certainly wouldn’t want to discourage a brick-and-mortar from establishing there.”
The policy will now go back to subcommittee where it is likely to see changes in the minimum distance requirement before returning to the Board of Public Works. •
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 5:09 pm.
Food truck permit registration is now open through the city’s “one-stop shop” for business permits and licenses (but not available online). There are 100 additional mobile food vendor permits available specifically for food trucks, thanks to legislation that passed last July allowing for more trucks and fewer operating restrictions. Applications are available at City Hall’s one-stop shop office (1300 Perdido St., 504-658-7100; www.nola.gov/onestop).
New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head kicked off food truck legislation discussions last year. The City Council reluctantly passed a heavily revised ordinance in April, only for it to be vetoed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Landrieu vetoed the measure for what he called potential “Equal Protection concerns,” presumably because of the proximity requirements imposed on trucks near brick-and-mortar restaurants. The new ordinance lifts the proximity requirements and extends the time food trucks can operate. (The former law capped it at 45 minutes and prevented trucks from operating within 600 feet of restaurants and schools.) The new ordinance opens 100 permits, which are issued annually and expire at the end of the year. Renewal applications are due Jan. 31. The initial mobile vending application fee is $50 (nonrefundable), an approved permit is $400, an occupational license is $150, and a sales tax deposit is $50.
The ordinance also introduced “franchise” permits requiring additional fees and approval to operate trucks in fixed locations where trucks are prohibited, like the Central Business District and Faubourg Marigny. The franchise application fee is $175.
FARGO, N.D. – Sweeto Burrito, a food truck franchise that got its start in the oil patch of western North Dakota, opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant Monday in downtown Fargo.
Soon, Sweeto Burritos will be springing up around the country, said Jon Pierre Francia, CEO and founder of the franchise, which will operate its own corporate stores and sell franchise rights to others.
The latter is the case in Fargo, where the downtown store is owned and managed by Starmark Hospitality, a private management, marketing and accounting company that operates other businesses in the area, including The Hub entertainment complex and the Avalon Events Center.
Francia said with hundreds of stores planned in a number of states, Sweeto Burrito will shortly become a widely recognized brand through the efforts of partners like Starmark Hospitality.
“We couldn’t be happier,” said Francia, who started the first Sweeto Burrito truck in 2011 in western North Dakota.
Known for its twist on American, Mexican and Thai food, Sweeto Burrito announced earlier this year that it had awarded rights for the development of 250 locations in the Dakotas, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Utah and Idaho.
About 30 Sweeto Burritos are expected to be open by the end of 2014, with that number constituting a mix of restaurants and mobile food vendors.
Scott Upton, an owner of Starmark Hospitality along with Kerry Fernholz and several silent partners, said Starmark is looking to open other Sweeto Burrito locations in the Fargo-Moorhead area and many more throughout the Dakotas and possibly Minnesota and Iowa.
He said opening day was busy, with the lunch rush lasting well into the afternoon.
Upton said he wasn’t surprised by the turnout, based on his own positive experience with Sweeto Burrito, which began when he was working at the Easyriders Saloon, a business Starmark owns in Sturgis, S.D.
Upton said when a Sweeto Burrito food truck appeared in the neighborhood, he became hooked on their trademark burrito. He said Starmark’s relationship with Francia grew from that.
Kayla Casavant and Tyler Kemp can identify with Upton’s infatuation.
The college students checked out the new Fargo restaurant Monday afternoon and were instantly won over.
Casavant had the day’s featured burrito, the Buff Chick.
“It has buffalo chicken and cheddar cheese and tater tots, which is, like, all of the good things in the world,” Casavant said.
Kemp said his meal was good, too, and when asked if he’d be coming back, he didn’t hesitate with his reply.
“Definitely,” he said.
What: A new restaurant at 117 Broadway in Fargo called Sweeto Burrito
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Offerings: Burritos are their specialty, but they also offer items such as nachos, soft tacos and rice bowls.
Readers can reach Olson at (701) 241-5555.
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Libertyville officials are closer to approving regulations for mobile vendors.
Last summer, the Libertyville Village Board considered regulating mobile vendors, such as food trucks, after more of the businesses started popping up in the village. Officials have now drafted a list of proposed regulations, which would include where and when the vendors can do business.
The proposed regulations include a $500 annual permit fee and a background check for mobile vendors, as well as a requirement that sales in residential areas be confined between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The requirements also would limit sales in one physical location to eight hours, and businesses would be limited to four sales per zoning lot during a 12-month period.
The regulations have been reported to the village board and will now move to the village’s planning commission.
Currently, mobile vendors are allowed to park on public streets, however vendors say they normally utilize parking lots or private residences to do business.
In a memo, Director of Community Development John Spoden said food trucks have been multiplying in the area. He said that because of the trend, communities big and small are trying to figure out how much regulation is needed.
“Proponents of mobile vending provides residents more options when it comes to food and goods and can increase activity in struggling business districts,” he wrote. “However, opponents argue that the option of mobile vending takes away business from brick-and-mortar establishments that have heavily invested in the community.”
Dominic Balbi, owner of Fashion in Motion, a mobile fashion truck, spoke to the Village Board in December about his concern surrounding a few of the regulations. He said he and his business partner were confused with some of the zoning regulations, and he wanted officials to consider an exemption for special events.
“You were saying last time there would be a special basis type of use,” he said.
Mayor Terry Weppler said the committee that formed the regulations did consider certain exemptions. Now that the revised ordinance was going to the planning commission, although it could change even more, he said. He said anyone concerned with the proposed regulations should take up any new issues with the planning commission, which would be hashing the issue out before it came back to council.
In the span of the last year, Adrian Romero went from construction worker to food truck operator to brick-and-mortar restaurateur, specializing in the Agua Prieta-style Mexican cuisine he grew up on in Douglas.
On Dec. 13, Romero, who has lived in Tucson 13 years, opened Ole Rico Mexican Steakhouse in the original Mr. K’s BBQ space at 1830 S. Park Ave. The restaurant serves a streamlined menu of burritos, Mexican sandwiches and quesadillas, ranging in price from $2.50 to $4.50. The most expensive item on the menu is the $12 grilled steak plate served with tortillas.
Romero said he has been cooking all his life, but he made his living doing construction with an uncle in Tucson. Last spring, he rolled out his Ole Rico food truck, which looks like a little cabin on wheels. He cooked steaks and burgers on an outdoor grill fueled by mesquite wood. He parked mostly on Tucson’s southside near South Valencia Road and South Westover Avenue, and took the truck out on weekends to a few community events including Cyclovia and Second Saturdays Downtown.
Business was good, but the south side neighborhood wasn’t the safest.
“It was kind of dangerous where I was at,” Romero said. “Where I was at in Pima County, it was hard to find a spot.”
Romero said he decided to make the leap to permanent restaurant after talking to the building’s owner, Charles Kendrick.
Kendrick, the namesake for Mr. K’s BBQ, runs his Afro-American Heritage Museum in half of the building and has had a restaurant in the other half since the late 1990s.
“I think it was the only possible setup for me to work the menu because he has the outside grills,” Romero said.
Romero said he started working on cleaning up and painting the space in November. It had been vacant for months, since a short-lived Caribbean restaurant closed last summer. Mr. K’s, which Kendrick’s son, Ray, ran for more than a decade, moved further south on Park to 6302 S. Park Ave. in summer 2012.
Ole Rico is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Read more restaurant news in Thursday’s Caliente.
Elvis Serrano launched his popular JiBARO food truck three years ago, dispensing gourmet-style tacos, burritos, pulled pork and Cubano sandwiches to an adoring following ever since.
Starting January 6, he’ll become an easier target for his fans.
Serrano signed a one-year deal to take over the cafeteria operations at the Carl B. Stokes Public Utilities Building at 1201 Lakeside, where he’ll open Serrano Taqueria and More (216-258-6689). If it works out, he’ll stay on.
“It’s a cafeteria setting, but it’s nice and well maintained,” he explains. “We’ll add some color.”
The 50-seat space is open to the public and features large windows that offer views outside, unlike many basement-style cafeterias. The menu offers pulled pork, roasted chicken and shredded beef versions of burritos, tacos and quesadillas. The “and more” in the name refers to wraps, salads, paninis and other items not currently available from the rig.
“We’ll be there Monday through Friday, so people won’t have to hunt us down like they usually do,” Serrano adds.
As for the popular food truck — it’ll still be roaming the mean streets of Cleveland.
“That’s not going anywhere — it’s our baby.”
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