Friday, January 14, 2011

NYC Embracing Gourmet Food Trucks

Check out New York City, they are embracing the Gourmet Food Trucks instead of trying to get rid of them. They are starting to expand their locations for 2011. It would be nice if other cities would take their lead and use this as an example.

"Parks Dept. Wants to Install New Food Trucks All Over NYC

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, by Amanda Kludt

The New York Parks Dept. just put out a request for proposals for new mobile food vendors all over the city. Last year, it jumped on the food truck bandwagon by seeking quality vendors (i.e., more than just hot dogs and pretzels) for both the Tavern on the Green parking lot (soup and dumpling trucks) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (Ditch Plains, Calexico, Blue Marble Ice Cream), and they're continuing on this year with a search for vendors for what looks to be every possible park, square, or intersection in their inventory including Tompkins Square Park,McCarren Park, Prospect Park, Central Park, Riverside Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, SoHo Square, and elsewhere."

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Abott Kinney First Friday Update - WOW

What are the Abbot Kinney Merchants Committee doing and saying? Well I was lucky enough to get a communication/email that went out to the Abbott Kinney Merchants from Carol Tantau Chair, AK Merchants Committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce. Just Tantau 1353 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice CA 90291

Read and see for yourself. It seems there are a few people that are not in step with the reality of what their customers want and try to go to extreme measures to force their will on others. We live in a free enterprise country. Yes everyone needs to live by the rules society enacts, or they need to change the rules.

As you read the letter below you may agree or be outraged, but its clear some are out to ban food trucks and you can write and call the merchants and boycott the merchants that support the tactics listed below.

Good News: I spoke live today to a merchant that supports First Friday with Gourmet Food Trucks and is willing to hold parking spots and provide the required bathroom letter for a truck to park in front of their business. Don't punish all merchants, ask where they stand and boycott the ones that are running your trucks out of town.

In the mean time support the food trucks at the Brig or go to alternative First Friday locations like Westchester (87th and Truxton).

"DOT denied our permit for restricted parking tomorrow night on the advice of the City Attorney. Subsequently, on the advice of Council Office, we filed an application for a Special Event permit, and that was denied as well. We have run out of time to take further action with the City, so we are recommend the following action:

Merchants on Abbot Kinney Blvd. should park their vehicles along the street if they wish to protect their businesses from having a food truck block them.

We encourage everyone to photo and video any food truck issues. Document everything. (See "regulations" section at the end of this message.)

If anyone (including the press) asks why we did not get the permit, simply state that the City of Los Angeles denied our permit too late to post the signs 48 hours in advance. We don't want any speculation. Less said the better.
Also, for your information:

Councilman Rosendahl's office is working with us to urge the County to approve overtime for a Health Inspector to be on site.

Matt Geller of the SCMFVA emailed Carol that he is aware that we do not have the permit, as the signs legally must be posted 48 hours in advance.

It is rumored that Big Foot has cancelled their proposed food truck court at 1611 Electric.

This is frustrating and everyone's hands are tied. In spite of this disappointment, we are making great progress as a cohesive and committed group.

Regulations taken from the SCMFVA website governing food truck operating:

  • You must obey the posted parking restrictions, including, but not limited to, restrictions on stopping, loading, and parking from either posted signs or painted curbs [ LAMC 80.73(b)2(B)]
  • You must dispense food from the sidewalk side of the street. No truck may dispense food street side [ LAMC 80.73(b)2(C)]
  • You must have a CONSPICUOUS litter receptacle which is clearly marked with a sign requesting its use by patrons [ LAMC 80.73(b)2(D)]. In-truck hatch receptacles are NOT sufficient.
  • Trash shall be removed from all areas VISIBLE around the truck. The truck shall take all bags with them when vacating an area. Trash is to include all materials originally dispensed from the truck as well as any other items left by patrons, such as cigarette butts[ LAMC 80.73(b)2(E)].
  • The "hatch" of a truck shall be at least 7 feet above the sidewalk in order to avoid patron collisions [LAMC 56.08(e) disputed]
  • Trucks must be parked at a Commissary every night. [Cal Code: 114295(c)]
  • Trucks must have a bathroom letter from an accessible bathroom with hot water (103-108 degrees), single serving soap, paper towels, kept in clean working order, if vending for over an hour (Cal Code: 114315)
  • Trucks must have current and valid registration clearly marked on their plates while vending on the street.
  • Trucks should have all their permits readily accessible while doing business.

Carol Tantau
Chair, AK Merchants Committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce"

First Friday via Zagat Buzz

First Friday Food-Truck Feast Returns

Photo: courtesy of
Those who went to the First Friday on Abbot Kinney in Venice at the beginning of December were corralled (as it were) into the parking lot adjacent to The Brig.  A dozen or so food trucks had managed to arrange themselves – with two dozen other unable to participate, thanks to a decision by the Abbot Kinney Merchant’s Association to shut the street to parking for the event.