The St. Claude Food Truck Park, presented by St. Claude Main Street and My House NOLA, will showcase two of New Orleans’ favorite things – food and music – with the area’s first and only food truck park.
From October 2 – November 8, the St. Claude Food Truck Park will pop-up in a vacant lot at the corner of St. Claude Avenue and Feliciana Street. The park will come to life each Thursday – Saturday night from 6 – 9 p.m., offering neighborhood residents and visitors from across the city an opportunity to come together and dine on a variety of unique cuisines.
There will be at least three food trucks at the park each night, rotating among the area’s most popular “meals on wheels.” Also available for purchase will be domestic and specialty beers that pair with the weekend’s food truck offerings.
Picnic tables will provide seating and places to gather under strings of holiday-style lights. In addition to live local bands, entertainment will be provided by members of SCMS’ two youth programs – New Orleans Youth Sound Experience (NOYSE) and NOLA Mix. The food truck park will also feature portable restroom facilities, bike parking and security.
It's been a while since we asked for your help to make New Orleans a home for food trucks. Since that time, you've watched our small industry grow as we've been allowed to take it to the streets (at least most of them). But a piece of the puzzle is still missing - food truck lots, where you can find lots of your favorite trucks in one place, near where you work and live, are still illegal in New Orleans.
This Tuesday at 3 o'clock, the future of food truck lots will be decided. We're asking the City Planning Commission to allow the creation of food truck lots throughout the city. The plan being proposed by the Commission has so many requirements that food truck lots would not be viable. For instance, it prohibits food truck lots from operating more than 3 days a week, and requires lots to have 1000 square feet of space for each truck, even though a parked truck takes up less than 200 square feet.
Many of us food truck owners will be there so that our voice is heard. But this affects you eaters as well - if you want food truck lots where you live and work please join us at the Council Chambers of City Hall this Tuesday, Sept. 9th.
Thanks for all of your help and support,
Political Director, New Orleans Food Truck Coalition
Here's some recent data on the impact of food trucks across the US -
"According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 forecast, food trucks make up one of the fastest-growing sectors of the restaurant industry, with 2013 sales of nearly $700 million, or about 1 percent of total U.S. restaurant sales — not bad for a business model that didn’t exist before 2008. A 2012 study by Emergent Research projected that food truck revenue would quadruple to $2.7 billion by 2017."
New food truck commissary in the works! "Nall said that his commissary would be a one-stop shop for food trucks. It will offer not only food storage and kitchen space but also propane, disposal of greywater and a secure lot to park the trucks."
New Orleans food truck operators, however, cite the lack of a shared commissary where truck operators can cook and store food as the biggest hurdle facing the sector.
I recently visited Denver, CO and Portland, OR and was amazed to see food trucks and carts set up practically everywhere. Alleyways, vacant lots next to restaurants, sidewalks, pedestrian malls, etc. I dont' propose to intentionally hurt brick-and-mortar restaurants but...May the best food purveyor win! I would also love to see more foot traffic in LOTS of areas of town.
Great quote from Charles Pizzo on last week's victory: "Food trucks: while people look at this as "who won, who lost," the reality was a far more complicated, complex and challenging set of considerations and compromises that got the issue to this point---and more time than perhaps anyone realizes. A whole lot of people behind the scenes have been dedicated to both sides of this issue. I pray for common ground going forward."
Congratulations everyone ... "Expansion of food trucks gets OK from New Orleans City Council" www.nola.com/politics/index.ss...
A months-long legal struggle to expand the opportunities for food trucks to operate in New Orleans ended in apparently complete victory Thursday when the City Council gave 6-0 approval to an ordinance authorizing 100 such trucks -- many times the...
Interesting perspective from NYC in today's New York Times:
"The food-truck business, I realized, is a classic case of bureaucratic inertia. The city has a right to weigh the interests of food-market owners (who don’t want food trucks blocking their windows) and diners (who deserve to know that their street meat is edible, and harmless). But many of the rules governing location were written decades ago. ... I was reminded of corrupt countries that I’ve visited, like Iraq and Haiti, where illogical and arbitrarily enforced rules create the wrong set of incentives."
"Calling it unconstitutional and unlikely to stand up to a legal challenge, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has vetoed a recent City Council ordinance easing restrictions on food trucks in New Orleans. Landrieu suggested that the ordinance, sponsored by Council President Stacy Head, did not go far enough in liberalizing a provision intended to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition by food trucks."
Great op-ed from NOFTC President Rachel Billow in today's paper: www.nola.com/opinions/index.ss...
"Research and first-hand experience demonstrate that food trucks provide important benefits to the communities they serve. They are a great way for culinary entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to start their own businesses. They bring food options to underserved areas, brighten up blighted neighborhoods, increase foot traffic, and complement store-front businesses. Food trucks also generate tax revenue and create jobs. And they feature delicious, innovative cuisine."