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Saturday, March 12, 2011

FOOD FIGHT

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Yesterday afternoon, just like the previous Friday, Ms. Cheezious, the grilled cheese food truck set up shop behind Mayfair, on Florida Ave. and the throngs came out! It was as if the Grove was starving, literally, for something different. It was business as usual, right before the big food fight begins with the City, because of the new regulations regarding the gourmet food trucks.

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I turned the corner and there I saw so many friends lined up for the cheesey goodness -- people I would not expect to see there. Friends from Shake-A-Leg were in line, one of the rangers from The Barnacle was there, people from offices and galleries and every other place were there. It was like Old Home Week. Some had read it in the Grapevine, others heard it through word of mouth and others got an email that was sent around.

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I was told that people want these trucks to come around and that the City is going to have a mad fight on its hands now by trying to squash the trucks. The Barnacle actually tried to set up a food truck or two in their backyard not long ago, but the lanes into the yard are too small for the large trucks.

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This photo does not do the trucks justice, there were hundreds of people who came out. When I asked Brian, the owner of Ms. Cheezious, why he was there in light of the City's new rules, he waved his hand over the crowd and said, "Because they're lining up!" Best answer I've heard on the issue.

Strangers approached me to tell me that we need to fight for the trucks' rights. Someone left an ad for me at Paul's sunglasses kiosk, taken from yesterday's Herald, regarding the Street Food Festival at the Magic City Casino at the old Flagler Dog Track. People want this. People have stopped me in the streets for months about this issue, even before it became an issue. They all want food trucks in Coconut Grove and all over the City of Miami.

I have been contacted by an attorney who will represent the truck owners pro bono.

I asked District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff what his take is on all this, his reply was posted last night.

I am told that next Friday, Dim Saam a Go Go is taking a turn, and will set up shop behind Mayfair. So we'll see how that goes.

Top photo by David Collins, others by Tom Falco

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