9/27/13: The second casualty of new mayor Todd Gloria’s crackdown on food truck laws in San Diego is the Mission Valley gathering on Wednesday nights.
9/24/13: The first casualty was the downtown gathering at the San Diego Civic Center. We received this information from food truck event organizer Curbside Bites:
The weekly food truck gathering at the Downtown San Diego Civic Center was SHUT DOWN today by the city as they begin their enforcement of NO FOOD TRUCKS ALLOWED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. No timeline has been given by Interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s office as to when we can expect any amendments to the current codes which prohibit food trucks to vend on private property.
We also learned that “any shut downs they enforce are complaint driven (a person or business has to complain about the trucks being there).”
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According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, current San Diego law states that food trucks are not allowed to park on private property, but the law just wasn’t enforced under former Mayor Filner. New mayor Todd Gloria says he will enforce the law, but then he wants to change it to allow trucks back on the streets. There is no clear timeline for when this will happen. Here’s another article on the issue from San Diego6. And here’s a video piece from Fox 5 San Diego.
Pictured to the right is a letter received by a food truck event organizer, citing the rules they are breaking.
Every day a food truck isn’t allowed to sell, it’s a small business that is losing money. Help support food trucks in San Diego by signing the petition from change.org.
Today was the first day for food truck letter grades in San Diego! Ron Roberts (San Diego County District 4 Supervisor) posted about it on Twitter:
Photo from @RonRobertsSD
Read more and watch video from today’s events on CBS8:
San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com
MCAS Miramar will have gourmet food trucks on their base as a temporary lunch solution while their main food court is closed for renovation. Four gourmet food trucks will be parked in front of the Marine Corps Exchange store daily from 11am to 2pm, now through April 2013. The weekly truck schedule can be found here.
Location: Elrod Ave & Gonsalves Ave, San Diego, CA 92126
This event is open to those with access to the base (not the general public).
Crabcakes911 is a gourmet food truck offering Maryland style crab cakes!
When: Saturday, January 12th
Where: Pacific Beach Shore Club parking lot (4343 Ocean Boulevard). MAP
All proceeds benefit San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. With every order from Crabcakes911 you get 20% off purchases from the Pacific Beach Shore Club where you can watch the Ravens vs Broncos game, too!
A new truck will be hitting the streets soon!
The InSlider truck will serve gourmet sliders – not White Castle style, but little gourmet burgers and sandwiches packed with big flavor, using ingredients like American-raised Kobe beef, Kurobuta pork and Jidori chicken. The menu will also have sweet potato fries, truffle fries and the ribbon fries seen at carnivals and festivals.
The owner, Michael, runs the truck with his cousin Stacey. Michael had worked in kitchens since the age of 18, including in some of Las Vegas’ best fine dining restaurants.
He says, “The menu idea spawned from our love of great food but also a love of sharing and having variety when we eat. We went to get lunch one day and both couldn’t decide what we wanted and thought ‘Man, it would be great to try it all.’ That’s what we love about our concept–with options to buy either one single slider or our three-pack, it’s great for sharing or having a variety of food.”
There’s no definite grand opening date yet, but I will keep you posted!