American Legion Food Truck Roundup Not Happening, Tamiami Truckers On (For Now)

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The Thursdays on the Bay Food Truck Roundup at the American Legion Post #29 will not return to business as usual tomorrow, according to Jack Garabedian, owner of Jefe's Original Taco and organizer of the roundup. In a notice sent to the trucks that participate in the roundup, Garabedian stated that although they have submitted all documents to pull an event permit, the city is not giving out anymore event permits.

We caught up with Jack yesterday at the Biscayne Triangle Truckers Roundup, which, despite trouble with some of the other sites, was doing a booming business. He was chatting with Kevin Gleizes, owner of Caza Crepes and organizer of the Tamiami Truckers Food Court at Lexus of West Kendall and West Kendall Toyota.

According to Garabedian, he was asked by city officials to collect affidavits from neighbors stating that the American Legion roundup is not an interference and submit a site plan to the city. He also noted that Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman is conducting a closed-door meeting today, and how to handle food trucks is on the agenda. No word on who else will be at that meeting.

As for the Tamiami Truckers Food Court, organizer Kevin Gleizes said they were issued a citation (citing violation of Code 33-259, operating a fair without a permit), giving them until March 11 to fix the situation. This means that while Gleizes is working to pull a permit (which would entail registering a site plan, hiring a police officer, and paying a $700 event fee), the Tamiami Truckers Food Court will go on -- at least for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, it was business as usual at the BTTR last night. New trucks were out, including Giuseppe's Italian Sausage and Sugar Yummy Mama, and business was brisk despite the threat of rain.

Latin Burger's Jim Heins and Dim Sum A Gogo owner Richard Hales are convinced that things are moving in the right direction with the city and county. Hales noted that the food trucks are great for the community: "I see families come together. No TVs, no electronics."

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Snookattack
Snookattack

Leave it to the Govt. to screw it up. Nothing like suppressing free enterprise and entrepreneurs. The govt mafia must want it's cut.

MIAfoodtruckfan
MIAfoodtruckfan

Gov't cant keep good trucks down....rumor has it some of the trucks that met at the Legion will be parking along NE 2nd & 48th behind Publix tonight. Grills get going at 5:30pm for all those needing a foodtruck fix!

CBGaines
CBGaines

Local government should be figuring out ways to help encourage this unique, family-friendly, positive movement instead of putting up roadblocks. It's good for the image of Miami to have such innovative community-oriented action. And it's great to have reasonably priced made-to-order fresh and tasty food as an alternative to the usual squat-and-gobble.

10 Motorworks LLC.
10 Motorworks LLC.

What about the City of Hialeah? I have a great location ion front of my warehouse if any trucks are willing to look into it.

Dianed
Dianed

The city needs to back off with the highfees...they can grub their money elsewhere. These events promote nothing but family nights out...togetherness...and community. Stop screwing it up for those of us who can't afford a fancy restaurant or sporting event!

Truckie
Truckie

I just hope truck owners are getting in on these meetings. Letting the government make decisions without representation is a dangerous game for any business.

madlib
madlib

haha @ Motorworks... That was a good joke.

/at least that's what I hope you were going for, because nobody is going to drive to Hialeah for anything.

Asanchez630
Asanchez630

Wow madlib, did someone steal your tostada in Hialeah? Your hate makes my eyes hurt

Liz
Liz

Are you serious? There are people that live in Hialeah already (with families, jobs, and money to boot!) that I'm sure would appreciate having a food truck night close to them too. Your comment is small-minded and unnecessary, jsyk

madlib
madlib

Liz,

Shut your mouth, if you had money to boot - you wouldn't live in Hialeah. That place is a dump. Nobody in that place appreciates nothing nice - that's why there's nothing nice in Hialeah. Once again, shut your mouth.

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