Drawbacks include limiting locations, not going city wide, not allowing food to be cooked in a truck or cart if you have no brick and mortar connection, etc. I have to put all the regulations through my street food matrix in the coming days and see where I stand on the small stuff, but on the big stuff, this is awesome. Thanks to all who made this happen!
And to all the brain dead morons who think this is in any way going to negatively impact local businesses or to those who emailed me asking how I could be so prescient when I wrote both online and in our magazine that laws with few restrictions grow better carts and then the better food carts grow to be viable tax paying entities and can often morph into a myriad of businesses, below is some more fuel for my fire.
From Thrillist Nation comes word on Chego:
From the same tortured mind that blessed us with the Kogi truck, Chego's a no-frills, open-kitchen'd strip mall spot serving up all sorts of Korean-fusion craziness, abetted w/ ultra-colorful decorations, ranging from Pee-wee dolls to fine-art paintings of phone booths, to leave-your-mark bathroom chalkboards, which's a great idea, assuming you use the chalk. The main offerings are multi-ingredient rice bowls, including the "Sour Cream Hen House" (w/ fried egg, Chinese broccoli, & sambal sauce), the "One Chubby Pork" (glazed, w/ kochujang, fried egg, & water spinach), and the egg/water spinach/fried shallot/creamed horseradish "Tiny's Prime Rib", which's chili-rubbed, even though T-Boz was all, "don't you realize Tiny is ripping our group apart?". For non-rice-bowl action, they've got sides like charred asparagus w/ blueberry jalapeno salsa, garlic, chilies, parmesan, and lemon; a crazy dessert called "It's Been a Rocky Road" w/ chocolate ice cream, smoked almonds, caramel, brownie, and marshmallow fluff; and apps like the green onion/sesame/polenta-abetted "3am Meatballs," which rivals even the TNT version.
So there you have it . . . food cart becomes hot. Owners raise dough. Owners open restaurant—if we could only be so lucky—here. Think of all the entrepreneurs, immigrants, young people, and so on who don’t have the cash to start a traditional brick and mortar establishment who could benefit from this type of story arc in their lives. By the way, Kogi is one of the best street carts in LA and should not be missed when you are there, especially if you like Korean Taco Trucks. Spicy Pork Tacos, Kimchi Quesadillas, and Short Rib Sliders that are crafted into high-end food at street level prices. Follow them at @kogibbq.
Last week on MINN POST Derek Wallbank reported the following:
Rep. Collin Peterson says that the bill to lift the travel ban to Cuba and ease rules on agricultural exports to the island nation could pass the House in April. Rep. Peterson's comments came in an interview with Bloomberg's Jonathan Levin (you can find his report here). Minnesota currently exports $51.9 million in agricultural products to Cuba, mostly soybeans wheat and related products. U.S. products make up about 30 percent of Cuba's agricultural imports, though easing export restrictions could increase that number to between half and two-thirds, according to a 2007 U.S. International Trade Commission report.
Here's the key bit of that Bloomberg report: The U.S. House of Representatives may pass a bill next month that would cut restrictions on agricultural exports to Cuba and lift a ban on travel to the island, the measure’s sponsor said. Congressman Collin Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said he needs backing from one more lawmaker to assure the panel will pass the legislation. He expects to secure that pledge after Congress’s Easter recess, and for the measure to get approval by the full House. “Cuba used to be one of our big markets,” Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, said in a telephone interview yesterday. The bill “would help us get those markets back.” Read the entire Bloomberg report here. Our earlier report on what this could mean for Minnesota is here. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced a companion measure in the Senate, where the legislation could face a bit more trouble than in the House due to the need to clear the 60-vote filibuster hurdle.
Only in America could you have a situation where a complete ban doesn’t mean that at all. It means we still make up 30 percent of Cuba’s total Ag imports. So far that hasn’t poisoned us, or turned us into a rogue Pinko nation lusting after Socialist ideals, has it? Having spent quite a bit of time in Cuba I can safely tell you that normalized relations with Cuba would be a good thing. For everyone. Minnesotans can sell more product; Cubans can eat better food. Everyone goes home happy. Cuba’s not perfect; you can get a facelift for free, but you can’t buy fresh milk in Havana. Doing everything we can to hasten the fall of the Palm Curtain will only improve the lives of the average Cubano.
Name one great reason to pick one burger joint over another. You say "burger," I say "French fries." You say "burger," I say "French fries." In the grab and go category, I am crazy about Five Guys over on France Avenue in Edina. The burgers are killer; mine are always juicy and hot, great buns, and good ingredients. BUT the best reason to hit Five Guys is that while the burgers are awesome, the fries might be the best in town. I ate a shload of them at my last stop and if you order a small or a large, both come with a huge scoop of extra spuds, just for the heck of it. For those who like dogs, they make a mean split and griddled all beef frank, by the way.