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Re: “Food Truck Friday takes bite out of business: UPDATE


That article was written by someone else. My comment to the author was this...

"While I agree with the majority of your article, I wish you would have pointed out that licensed food trucks are as safe as restaurants, and the same pre-cautions diners should take when eating at a truck are the same as those in a restaurant. The advantage the trucks have is that their kitchens are typically more transparent than their brick and mortar counterparts since the service window gives the customer a wide view of the happenings in the kitchen."

Providing information out of context is a poor way to defend your argument.

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Posted by Rick Myrick on 04/21/2012 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Food Truck Friday takes bite out of business: UPDATE

Sound Policy,

I still don't see how letting food trucks into an area where they were previously prohibited from selling (one day a week) is choosing sides. Isn't the regulations that keep the trucks out of the area the remainder of the week picking to side of the restaurant owners?

And for Mr. Tinner's suggestion of the spot moving to different locations every week seems to follow the NIMBY thought process. So it's not okay for the trucks to set up shop near his restaurant, but it's okay if they set up near someone else's? To me it just seems like he is upset by a drop in sales due to new competition. From what I have read here, it appears his drop in sales are due to the trucks providing a better food product. There is a simple for that...provide your customers better food.

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Posted by Rick Myrick on 04/20/2012 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Food Truck Friday takes bite out of business: UPDATE

To Sound Policy,

Yes, I am Richard Myrick of Mobile-Cuisine.com, but I hardly see how that should make a difference. I hear these excuses from restaurant owners across the country, and they usually end up with a claim of it being "unfair". Do these restaurants owners claim the same thing when a restaurant opens up right next door to them, or do they count them as part of their competition?

Usually, it's the later.

Instead of complaining, it would be better for his profits to figure out how he can take advantage of the situation...why not open a truck of his own? He has been offered the chance to open a booth for these events...why not do that? I understand that he is claiming a hit on profits...and I feel for him, but it could be worse. The city could allow food trucks to park in that area 24/7. To be honest, they should be allowed to park in any area of the city where restaurants are...when was the last time a city denied a permit to a restaurant even if they wanted to build right next to another restaurant with the same type of concept?

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Posted by Rick Myrick on 04/20/2012 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Food Truck Friday takes bite out of business: UPDATE

These restaurant owners should look in the mirror before they start blaming food trucks for their problems. Restaurants have a huge advantage over food trucks (seating). If your restaurant is suffering because a few food trucks show up, maybe it's time to correct your menu, your customer service or your concept.

The part of the story that claims restaurants are held to a higher health standard is bunk. Not only are the trucks inspected by the health department, but also their commercial kitchen is inspected.

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Posted by Rick Myrick on 04/20/2012 at 10:48 AM


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