July 19, 2012 |
Chicago's food truck industry will keep on truckin', but the rules may change. The ordinance regulating food trucks advanced Thursday out of the City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection after nearly four hours of discussion. City officials tried to balance the concerns of restaurant owners and needs of food truck operators. “We think that local restaurants are really the cornerstones of our neighborhoods, also probably the largest employer in the city and also possibly the state.
June 11, 2013 |
Brown Bag Lunch Truck owner and chef Joaquin Soler is opening a barbecue restaurant in Irving Park this month. Soler first began using the tiny space at 4009 N. Albany Ave. to host pop-up shops where he served dougnuts or chicken and waffles. Their success convinced him to park his truck and open Smalls. “It's a great little neighborhood," Soler said. "It's fairly underserved. There's not a lot of food options. " The restaurant will serve the same brined and smoked meats the food truck was known for along with ribs, fried chicken and seasonal local...
October 2, 2013 |
Ice3 owner Erika Stone-Miller isn't interested in serving ice cream during the winter, so she's put her food truck in storage and is preparing to open The Octagon Mode in Ravenswood on Oct. 11. Not a traditional restaurant, the space at 1509 W. Lawrence Ave. will host dinner parties several times a week, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, where about 12 to 18 people will mingle and dine at communal tables. "This kind of dinner is for people who want to be social," Stone-Miller said.
May 21, 2013 |
Fans of The Salsa Truck will soon be able to follow it to The Garage, its very own venue opening in the West Loop on May 29. The Mexican-inspired food truck hit the streets in late January as the first food truck to obtain a Mobile Food Preparer license, which allows food to be cooked onboard. Chef and owner of The Salsa Truck and The Garage, Dan Salls, said his passion for cooking and love for Mexican street food is what inspired him to ditch his former job as a financial adviser and go into the food truck business.
October 9, 2013 |
Sweet home, Chicago. Where the politicians are ethical, taxes make sense and practically all decisions are made for the good of its citizens. Nothing could remind us of this more than the innovative and completely-unique idea to upgrade the CTA's fare system to the much-lauded Ventra , outsourced to a private company that has provided excellent customer service and transparency thus far. But the transition to the CTA's latest great...
February 11, 2013 |
Chicago may have just awarded its first on-board cooking license to The Salsa Truck last week, but the city still has a ways to go before it sees a vibrant truck scene like the ones that can be found in cities like New York or L.A. Luckily, the University of Chicago has its own thriving mini-food truck scene, thanks to a stretch of road near the school on Ellis Avenue and University Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets--and the power of Twitter....