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Don't Call Them Softees
"New York's gourmet-food trucks—the brash populists of the restaurant world—are growing up: They've formed a trade group and hired a lobbyist.
The owners behind 32 trucks selling everything from Korean tacos to grilled cheese to artisanal ice-cream are banding together to form the New York City Food Truck Association. The group hired Capalino + Co. to push for speedier licensing and the right to park and vend at metered spots.
"Owners of food trucks such as Eddie's Pizza Truck, above, Mexicue and Waffles & Dinges have formed a trade group and hired a lobbyist in an effort to improve their business climate in the city."
"We think the nature of street vending has changed and we are looking to advocate for laws that reflect those changes," said David Weber, president of the group and a co-owner of the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, which has grown from one to four trucks over the past couple of years. "We're trying to overcome some of the stigma that street food has."
Like lots of major cities, New York has seen a surge in trucks that elevate street fare far beyond soft-serve ice-cream and meat on a stick.
Restaurant owners, career-changers and entrepreneurs have poured money into the wildly popular vendors, whose daily movements are tracked by blogs and throngs of Twitter followers. Some have grown into outlets with multiple trucks and employees, and even brick-and-mortar stores.
Still, they fight daily for places to idle. Turf battles have flared up. The most notorious was in August, when an escalating fight between the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck and the Frites 'N' Meats truck turned into a Twitter and blog war. Both trucks are part of the association now."