Food Trucks

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

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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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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