Last Saturday's Wynwood Food Truck Meetup Drama Free
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Kristi, Allesandra, Jackie, Jav and Ben enjoying the evening.|
At 8 p.m., NW Second Avenue was filled with a steady stream of people strolling in and out of galleries and shops, many with plastic cups of complimentary Chardonnay provided by some of the local merchants despite the rumor/threat that free libations would cease.
Though there were no food trucks to be found on the northern part of the art walk, at NW Second Avenue and 24th Street, you could smell the food before you could see the trucks. Grillmaster Cafe, Chipstix and Naco Mama's were doing a brisk business next door to the Harold Golen Gallery. If there was ever a good pairing of gallery and food truck, this was it. The gallery features art that depicts aliens and modern space travel ala The Jetsons, while a band played funky surfer tunes outside. Grillmaster was doing a brisk business. Were police on the scene? Well, yes, in a way -- the police weren't out to harrass, but they were in line to buy dinner.
|City of Miami Police were not out to cite the trucks.|
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Richard Hales, owner of Dim Ssam a Gogo, likes Wynwood's vibe." This is more of an adult event, but it's still a family business. This is a perfect entertainment solution in this economy -- it's no frills." When asked about the City of Miami's press release, Hales said, "We're in it for the long haul. We're not a fad. We need to sit down with the people that are putting together these laws and ask how we can all work together. We're not peddlers. Our existence doesn't work with that permitting process. We're more like a pop-up community."
While waiting for the rest of her group to come back from getting some eats, Kristi from Miami said she fell in love with food trucks when she first encountered them in Portland, where her daughter lives. When asked about whether the trucks should continue holding roundups in Miami, Kristi said, "They should be licensed, they should be regulated but they should stay. They have a following."