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Discussion: Food Trucks

In 2014, Edina City Council amended City ordinance to allow food trucks in Edina as long as they are an accessory to a taproom, winery, distillery, cocktail room or part of an event, such as a tournament or art fair, with prior approval from the City. However, other cities, including Minneapolis, allow food trucks to park around and serve the community more freely, but with limitations.

Should the City allow food trucks to operate independent of an event in Edina? Why or why not?

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Lou Miranda 5 months ago

Yes! Food trucks would be a great addition to Edina, especially in parks & at retail nodes throughout the city. Any place where people already congregate.

Food trucks would allow people to walk or bike, say, to a local park instead of having to drive to get a meal. They would increase the variety of food that Edinans have access to. And even if they're near other restaurants, the variety in choice will only encourage Edinans and residents of nearby cities to choose Edina for their next meal. It could also be a way for a business to judge if Edina could support a specialty restaurant, by testing a food truck first. (If the food truck can't make a go of it, then a restaurant wouldn't, and vice versa). Bring on the food trucks!

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Anne Kaminsen 4 months ago

Yes! Food trucks have been operating in many other cities for some time. They are fun and a good way to try new restaurants/foods. Let's keep with the times!

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Nick Palatiello 4 months ago

Yes! I'm new to Edina but understand it was not until recently that tap rooms were permitted to become establishments in Edina, thus limiting access to food trucks. Coming from Washington, DC where food trucks are prevalent it is a great opportunity to support small businesses and introduce a variety of foods. Edina should look to other cities that have well established guidelines to food trucks as it relates to traditional food establishments.

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Bill Strait 4 months ago

Centennial Lakes Office Park could use food trucks for sure. There aren't many options for a 30 minute lunch break in walking distance. It gets worse on the west side of France. A food truck would be welcome at Rosland Park too; and that's just off the cuff. I imagine there's a lot of undeserved pockets around town that a mobile restaurant would be able to satisfy.

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Shelley Ch 4 months ago

Yes, yes, and yes!!! Food trucks would be a GREAT addition to the Edina food / meal landscape. I had a truly fabulous meal from the Adam's Gyros food truck at the Edina Art Fair. It was delicious, healthy, quick and new, plus served with charm and graciousness. I was so happy to have had that experience.

More competition is better for the residents; the city should not be in the business of protecting anyone from market competition.

As a single person living near Southdale, I personally would love to see a proliferation of food trucks throughout the city. I agree with poster Lou Miranda above that an assortment of great food trucks could pull non-residents into the city for a meal while they are taking advantage of the great things our city has to offer.

I don't see any downside to food trucks in the city; only a lot of upsides. I don't think the city should make the licensing, etc. very difficult, expensive or stringent - let the residents decide what they like and what is good, in other words, what should be here ~ not the government.

Thank you for opening this topic for discussion. Finally the city has a good idea!!

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 4 months ago

I have missed the roving ice cream trucks of my childhood.

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Jon DeMars Victorsen 4 months ago

Your introduction "an accessory to a taproom, winery, distillery, cocktail room" suggests there might be beer or wine sold from "food trucks." I find this a disturbing bait-and-switch topic.

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Pontus de Verdier 4 months ago

Yes. I see no reason to disallow food trucks.

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Lee McGrath 4 months ago

Absolutely. Today’s food trucks are more than just kitchens on wheels and would provide Edina with a wide variety of benefits. The gourmet offerings that food trucks provide would bring more and innovative dining options to Edina’s residents and workers, much like they have to Minneapolis—regarded as one of the most vibrant food truck scenes in the nation— and other cities throughout Minnesota. They would give entrepreneurs with a strong work ethic, but without a lot of financial capital, the opportunity to fulfill their culinary and professional dreams. And they would benefit Edina’s brick and mortar businesses. Food trucks increase foot traffic and energize public spaces, which can lead to food-truck customers stopping by and shopping at other stores. Food trucks are a large, growing and fun industry, and it would be great for Edina to be a home to them.

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Lee McGrath 4 months ago

Minneapolis' food truck scene is ranked 5th best in the nation here: http://www.escapehere.com/inspiration/the-12-best-food-truck-cities-in-america/4/

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