The Rise Of The Food Trucks: Can Chicago Be The Next Austin, Texas?

Austin, Texas is the leader in the United States food truck industry. We have more trucks than any other city. We have better trucks than any other city and we have more diversity in the foods offered than any other city. There are contenders out there {Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles} but at the end of the day, it’s Austin that is the mecca of the nationwide food truck scene.

But now Chicago is about to wade into the fray.

In the past, the city of big shoulder’s trailer culture has operated under some very onerous restrictions, but that’s all about to change.

Mayor Emanuel announced last week that the city of Chicago is about to implement some changes in their code that will potentially allow the food trucks of the town to flourish.

1} Most importantly, food will now be allowed to be prepared “to order.” As odd as it seems, heretofore, food had to be prepared off-site, then trucked in and vended. That sounds disgusting but this antiquated law is about to be binned.

2} 24 hour sales will be legalized. Prior to this change, the food trucks had to be finished serving by 10pm. I always loved my visits to Chicago and can’t imagine how this hick town-rule was ever implemented.

3} Unfortunately, in a move straight out of SceneTap’s playbook, GPS units will be required to be mounted on each truck so the city can carefully monitor the comings and goings of each truck. Scary and nonsensical. Hard to imagine why this would be wanted or needed. What do they expect the trucks to be doing that’s so diabolical that their every move must be tracked?

There are more rule changes proposed but these are the highlights. Austin has experienced a culinary flowering since the explosion in the local food truck scene. Every cuisine that you can think of is now available at one of our town’s 1500+ food trucks. It’s been a major economic driver for the city and municipalities across the United States look toward Austin when they’re attempting to figure out how to cash in on this movement.

The bad old days of a Snappy Snacks truck selling worn out tuna salad sandwiches on pitch black tarmac parking lots are long behind us now. It’s going to be interesting to see how this phenomenon plays out over the next year or so.

 

one of the best food trucks in Austin, Texas-from a chef with 40 years in the game http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/2/9/i

 

 

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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3 Responses to The Rise Of The Food Trucks: Can Chicago Be The Next Austin, Texas?

  1. RL Reeves Jr says:

    one of the best food trucks in Austin, Texas-from a chef with 40 years in the game http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/2/9/i

  2. RL Reeves Jr says:

    looks like Chicago food trucks took a punch to the nose http://chicago.grubstreet.com/2012/07/in_memoriam_chicago_food_trucks.html

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