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RampageWake
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 6:49 am    Post subject: Mobile Food Trucks Reply with quote

No, No, not the mexican taco/torta wagons we ate off of on the construction sites, the "new" ones. There is a fight going on in Houston now basically between Resturaunts and food truck operators who have to meet some silly guidelines, not all of which are outlined in this article. I tend to side with the food trucks, although I too hate it when every corner around my neighborhood looks begins to look like Mexico. Relaxed regulations would not only apply to the entreprenurial chef startup, but also to the typical roach coaches, so there are good arguments on both sides. What say y'all?
They say L.A. has more relaxed regulation than Houston...

http://blog.chron.com/goplifer/2012/10/food-trucks-deliver-creative-destruction/

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they have the option of parking on private property, i have no issue with them. I don't want them on the actual streets causing traffic issues. If your brick and mortar place can't compete taste wise with the food trucks, you shouldn't be in business.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I side with the trucks too, I am generally against more regulation and am a capitalist.

A fire marshal required for "groups of food trucks," that is ridiculous.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the construction days these two chicks had a truck called the "pink taco" and would pull up to the construction site wearing typical mexican soap opera wardrobe and knew how to flaunt it. Their drinks, food, snacks were 50% more than their competition it didn't matter the other guys would have probably made more money sleeping in.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a war on our street earlier this year between a food truck and a cafe.

The cafe argued that it pays tons of money for prime real estate with street frontage and the food truck parked right in front of them with little to no location expense...

Not sure how I feel, i didn't really care for either of them.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Food trucks are huge here in NYC. Everything from high-end dessert trucks to lobster roll trucks to grilled cheese sandwich trucks. Korean BBQ? Sure. Waffles? Crepes? Cupcakes? Sure.

I'm a fan of them here. One building I work in frequently has food trucks up on the upper interior floors. The building has a massive truck elevator on the inside, and every day a few food trucks are brought up to truck bays on the 9th, 12th and other floors.

Competition between trucks for street parking spots can be vicious, with attacks and slashed tires. Sometimes they park right out in front of restaurants, and the restaurants naturally complain of stolen business. I believe there was talk of regulations requiring them to park 50-100' from any restaurant or something like that.

In NYC they're generally welcomed by residents, as the trucks are a far cry from roach coaches. Also, we're conditioned to see hotdog stands and "Halal" street meat carts all over, so the trucks are a welcome upgrade.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has really become popular here in Cincinnati recently.

We have a parking lot for them all to park in at lunchtime downtown, and they are not allowed to park on fountain square (kind of the center of our city) until the other downtown restaurants are done serving food unless there is some sort of festival going on.

I think it's a bunch of crap. As goofyboy said, if you can't compete with a food truck, you shouldn't have a restaurant. Totally different demographic. Not to mention our food trucks can't sell booze.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with the comments about competition. If a brick n mortar restaurant can't keep up they best learn how to make better food. There is no excuse for a guy in a little food truck kicking the ass of someone with a full kitchen at their disposal. And definitely agree with CincyVLX about the booze. The full serve has several advantages and their excuses are pretty lame.

That said, I don't think the truck should be parking directly adjacent to a restaurant, give them at least enough space for passers by to see their signage/frontage from the street.

We have some decent trucks around here. One of the trucks (Drewski's) has a crazy sando made with ham and macnchz that is un-frickin-believable. Makes me drool Homer Simpson style just thinking about it.

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sac has a lot of food trucks but local ordinances require them to move every 20 minutes or so. That's a bit ridiculous and the City is currently debating a more LA-esque ordinance. Several of the popular trucks have also sub-contracted with some new bars and are working out of their kitchens as well.

These food trucks offer some pretty amazing food and I've become a big fan. Even the traditional job-site truck was always welcome by me as they usually serve amazing breakfast burritos.

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't get the "can't park in front of restaurant" argument. I've seen adjoining buildings have the same business going on in both buildings. What's the difference between walking down the sidewalk or acrossed it?
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

boardordie wrote:
I don't get the "can't park in front of restaurant" argument. I've seen adjoining buildings have the same business going on in both buildings. What's the difference between walking down the sidewalk or acrossed it?


Visibility. Specifically from the street. Food trucks are typically 30x8x9 and are about the equivalent of a wall on wheels.

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to disagree on the competition. Operating a brick and mortar business is substantially more expensive than a food truck. There should be some limited protection to keep food trucks from parking in front of restaraunts. From a food standpoint, most of the new trucks can compete on taste.
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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a few on campus. Most are better than the Chik fil a and papa johns in the student center.

The best:
http://www.texstacos.com/

These I haven't tried, but there's never a line. The taco truck gets a decent 40 foot line around lunch time.
http://www.honeysucklegelato.com/

http://www.mightymeatballs.com/

http://www.kona-ice.com/

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