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May 16, 2011 04:55 PM

Freeloading Food Trucks?

Maybe freeloading isn't the right word, since trucks have to pay for a space. But it seems a majority of food trucks only come out for the food truck rallys. Short Order put a blog post. A couple of weeks ago the for a Friday round up 40 trucks were attending and 33 were put on a waiting list. Did the other 33 trucks spread out across Miami and open? No. Do most of the trucks go out if there isn't a rally? No. Are food trucks making money hands over fist at these rallys so they only have to work 2-4 days a week?

Now I know there are problems with parking. In a twitter post BurgerBeast said the South Miami and Coral Gables are off limits. I'm going to assume South Beach is off limits too. But what about the places other people have found. Shell lumber (not on saturdays, that's the big 3's day), behind the dryclean usa on coral way and 12 or behind the publix on biscanye and 48 (of course not when ms cheesious is there). Behind the mayfair. Are the "Only rally truckers" even looking for new spaces. Many haven't gone out onto the streets by themselves. Its disappointing that for sucha mobile fleet of food trucks they seem to be stuck at the same places.

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  1. are there really 73 food trucks out there now?

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    1. re: The Chowfather

      i think his point is that there is NOT 73 food trucks out there. there is only a handful, but 73 come out when customers are easy-pickins at rallies

      1. re: The Chowfather

        I've got 70+ trucks in So. Fl. on my twitter list ->

        And you're right - many of these do not seem to be doing much business other than going to the "rallys". I suspect particularly over the summer those gatherings are going to slow down, and those trucks are going to have to find a way to draw business on their own merit.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          That's why I hardly ever go to eat at food trucks. They are only at rallys and none of those rallys are anywhere near where I live. I think the convenience of the rallys and the lack of hassle from the law are what make them an ideal easy out for the trucks. I find it hard to believe that a rally with 40 trucks brings significant business to all 40 though. I guess it's a wait-and-see type thing right now. There were a few new laws passed regarding food trucks and truck rallys but I'm not too well versed on their ramifications. Maybe that's why very few trucks seek to do "street biz" on their own?

          1. re: Blind Mind

            The new Miami-Dade ordinance actually only applies to "rallies" not solo trucks.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Yes, I know that. But wasn't there something else that passed that said trucks could not park somewhere and instead had to be like an ice cream truck and only stop and serve when they were flagged down by customers before moving on again?

              1. re: Blind Mind

                Dunno. Have heard that but don't know if it's new ordinance, new (or old) unwritten policy, etc.

      2. A related but slightly different issue is that very few of the food trucks seem to be in operation at lunch time on weekdays. There usually aren't rallies then, but I would think that weekday lunch would be a good time for these trucks if they can find a spot near where people work. I work downtown and there are usually 2 (but sometimes just one) trucks at Bayfront Park, but other than that it seems that most trucks aren't operating at lunch time. Looking at today's list on BurgerBeast, only 10 of the 70+ trucks are operating at lunch time today.

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        1. re: Fineas

          The creation of all the daily rallies has really put a damper on a lot of the lunch time activity. Unless your one of the few trucks that have a large support system, most of the trucks spend the day preparing for that nights rally. I will say that its nice to see a fresh variety of trucks coming out of the gate, but I do fear that it may grow too much for its own good. I noticed that some of my favorite food trucks are no longer serving to the same quality as when they first started. I do find it interesting that, to my knowledge, only one truck has been introduced that is no longer operating. Mamita Linda was an early entry, but then disappeared. I understand that the truck was later sold, or something, to Miami Dade College and is now the Alphabite truck. We will just have to see what happens with the future of the food truck revolution in Miami.

          1. re: bry520

            Mamita Linda is the Alphabite Truck, it was not sold, only converted and its a great deal better. We serve lunch Monday - Friday at MDC Wolfson Campus, with the exception of tomorrow. Hope you can come and try it some time. Check us out on Facebook, for our menu of the day and exact location. :)