"The Chamber is very excited about the concept," Chamber President Angie Schaefbauer said.
As a rule of thumb, it takes a gathering of at least 1,000 people to make it worth the trip for food trucks, according to Fiske.
"The restaurants are going to want a say in this," Levy
"I think if more food trucks knew that they are welcome in Richfield currently, they'd be here," Fiske said, "but nobody's here."
Food trucks eye the suburbs
Addressing concerns over competition with restaurants, she added, "If you don't park right in front of Broadway Pizza, I think you'll be OK."
At least two food trucks have signed on for this year's July 4 celebration, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jim Topitzhofer.
Staff and policymakers might see what an expanded food truck presence would look like this September, the month Mayor Debbie Goettel is targeting for a possible food truck fair to raise funds for the Richfield Foundation. Twenty to 25 trucks could gather at Veterans Park for the event, Goettel added.
With all the redevelopment and "revitalization" occurring in Richfield, the timing is right to embrace food trucks, Fiske said, arguing they may provide the city a competitive advantage. Edina does not allow food trucks, and according to Fiske they have a low profile in Bloomington. Looking at the other end of the spectrum, Fiske cited Burnsville as a new destination for food trucks due to its welcoming policies.
"We would love to have a presence here in Richfield," Levy said.
Fiske sells shaved ice out of his Kona Ice truck during Richfield's Unity in the Community
celebration Thursday, May 15, at Veterans Memorial Park. Fiske is among food truck operators who are looking to further establish business outside their traditional downtown Minneapolis territory. (Sun Current staff photo by Andrew Wig)
As food truck operators expand into suburban markets, city leaders are considering establishing a formal policy and licensing procedure for the mobile culinary trend. Spurred on by a shaved ice vendor and Mayor Debbie Goettel, the Richfield City Council used a Tuesday, May 13, study session to discuss the topic. Fiske operates his mobile Kona Ice franchise out of south Minneapolis, but would like to increase his presence in the city Nike Metcon Women's Sale
Likewise, Fiske made his own promise not to "park my shaved ice truck in front of Dairy Queen."
"We have a number of events when we're overwhelmed with the number of people and not enough food," Fitzhenry said.
Large gatherings such as Penn Fest in September and the city's Fourth of July celebration may have the capacity to accommodate that desire. Penn Fest attendance was estimated at 7,000 last year, while an average of about 10,000 are estimated to attend the Fourth of July celebration Nike Zoom Fly 2 Price each year. Councilmember Tom Fitzhenry pointed out the demand that arises at the gatherings.
Nevertheless, the Richfield Chamber of Commerce is endorsing the city's initial foray.
inspections, Schaefbauer said, calling for equal treatment of restaurants regarding promotional aspects, too. The inspection process would be the same as with restaurants, according to City Manager Steve Devich. Richfield contracts with Bloomington Public Health for restaurant inspection.
but the city is considering a more specific policy for food trucks.
Members of the Minnesota Food Truck Association would seek to park at private events, community gatherings and by invitation private businesses, said John Levy, president of the Minnesota Food Truck Association.
He later explained to the Sun Current that the Minneapolis food truck licenses dictate that when operating on city streets, operators must stay inside a boundary encircling downtown. Richfield grants permits to food trucks and other impermanent vendors to operate for 21 total days per year, Nike Metcon 1 Pink
Restaurant operators ask that food trucks be held to the same standards regarding health
"The reason I feel strongly about having food trucks in Richfield is I see trucks passing Richfield and going to Burnsville," Fiske said, "because Minneapolis has gotten so restrictive in some of their ordinances that now food trucks are leaving."
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