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Food Trucks Roll Into Downtown

By: City of Tallahassee; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: City of Tallahassee; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - It's like food heaven.

Downtown Tallahassee was filled with treats galore -- and of course, folks to enjoy them all.

Today was the grand opening of the city's new Food Truck Court.

Just about every food you can think of is available from pizza to tacos, and snow cones and deep fried desserts.

The new Food Truck Court is located on the Johns lot, which is on the south side of Madison Street between Bronough and Duval streets.

John Brown is the owner of Big Easy Snowballs. He says he's excited as a vendor to be a part of Tallahassee's food truck movement.

He says, "Hopefully it'll make more people that maybe can't afford to start a restaurant, they might can be able to afford to start a food truck. It cost a lot less money. But, you can create just as good a product in a truck if you have a little creativity and the know-how and the right attitude."

The food truck court is available to all area food trucks, by permit, seven days a week.

Any vendors who would like information on permits and hook-ups for the new food truck court, please see the press release below.


Press Release: City of Tallahassee

On Wednesday, March 27, downtown is in for a real treat! The City of Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Food Truck Association will host the grand opening of the Tallahassee Food Truck Court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The new Food Truck Court is located on the Johns lot, which is on the south side of Madison Street between Bronough and Duval streets. It is available to all area food trucks, by permit, seven days a week.

“The City supports local businesses through a variety of initiatives and programs. Ideas like this add flavor to the whole community,” said Mayor John Marks. “With the growing interest in food trucks and the Court’s central location, we think this is the perfect mix for success.”

Five trucks will participate in the grand opening:
· Big Easy Snowballs – Keeping with the tradition of the Big Easy, this flavorful food truck offers up shaved ice topped with big, bold syrups.
· Fat Mac’s Café – Offering up a mix of barbeque, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, soul food and more, Fat Mac’s features a seasoned chef and equally seasoned food.
· Fired Up Pizza Truck – Fired Up Pizza focuses on quality pizza, making the dough fresh daily and using homemade marinara/pizza sauce on its wood-fired oven baked pizzas.
· Street Chefs – It’s not fast food; it’s good food fast! Street Chefs offers seasonal menu selections with new items and specials daily.
· Tacos Gringos – Tacos Gringos provides mobile Spanglish comida offering American favorites with a Spanish twist specializing in tacos, empanadas and burritos.

The formal dedication of the site will take place from 11-11:30 a.m. with speakers from the City, the State and a local food truck owner. Local dignitaries will kick off the event by joining in the ceremonial “First Bite.” This event is open to the public. Food will be available for purchase from the food trucks. Live music will be performed by Cottonmouth Perry, a one-man Delta Blues band, provided by the Tallahassee Food Truck Association.

The Johns lot, named after the 32nd governor of Florida, was one of the original locations on the list of approved sites for where food trucks can operate downtown. The land is owned by the City of Tallahassee, which is allowing its temporary use for the Food Truck Court.

Seeing success from group events like Food Truck Thursdays on Tharpe Street, the Tallahassee Food Truck Association approached the City about working together to make the site more attractive and accessible so multiple trucks could operate at once.

“It’s another great piece of what makes Tallahassee a fun place to live,” said Rebecca Kelly, owner of Street Chefs. “It’s a beautiful location. It’s right in the center of all the downtown buildings and just a really great place to come down and relax and have something to eat.”

The site was enhanced with a temporary gravel strip to ease access and reduce wear on the site. The City also installed electric service, which allows up to six trucks to connect to and operate off of without the use of generators. Picnic tables have been placed on site to allow for a casual, outdoor dining experience.

Food trucks can receive a permit to set up on the site by calling 891-3887. Food truck permits cost $31 per day per mobile food vendor site with electrical hook-ups, such as the Tallahassee Food Truck Court. The cost is $26 per day per mobile food vehicle site with no electric hook-ups.

Food trucks are licensed and regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Department of Agriculture.

For more information on event planning and permitting from the City, please visit Talgov.com/Parks. You can also stay up-to-date on general City news by following @COTNews on Twitter or liking the City of Tallahassee on Facebook.


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