For Immediate Release
March 20, 2012
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Mayor's Press Office
Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino released the 2012 schedule for the City of Boston Food Truck Program, which officially kicks off on April 1. To launch the new season, the City held a Food Truck Lottery at City Hall, where 23 food truck vendors participated in a random, draft-style selection event to choose from more than 150 vending shifts – roughly 74 lunchtime shifts and 63 breakfast and dinner shifts – at 7 sites across Boston. The City has also added several new food truck sites, including the first 3-truck cluster on city streets, located at Stuart Street and Trinity Place near Copley Square.
“Last year’s food truck pilot program was a great success and it’s wonderful to see so many new and returning food trucks this year,” Mayor Menino said. “My administration has worked extensively across City departments and with food truck operators and residents to create a program that continues to give opportunities to small businesses, enliven public spaces, and promote access to fun, interesting, fresh food across the city.”
The Food Truck Lottery event was held on Thursday, March 8th at City Hall and was designed to make the scheduling of new and preferred locations a public and transparent process. Of the 23 food trucks, 15 were part of the City’s pilot program with 8 new trucks joining the program this year. Food truck owners gathered and drew names, selecting their preferred locations.
“The live lottery was a great community event that was fair, innovative, and fun – in the true spirit of food trucks!” said Loc Vo, owner of the Momogoose food truck.
In addition to the returning sites at City Hall Plaza, Boston Public Library, Clarendon Street, among others, the City introduced several new sites for food trucks:
- Copley Square at Stuart & Trinity Place – while this site existed last year, we’ve created the City’s first 3-truck cluster site on city streets by adding 2 additional truck-vending sites here.
- China Trade Building at Boylston Street – next to the outdoor plaza in front of the China Trade building and across from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
- Financial District – the City’s 3rd food truck cluster site (after City Hall & Stuart Street at Trinity Place) is located on the corner of Milk & Kilby. This site can accommodate 2 food trucks.
- South End at Tremont Street and Berkeley Streets adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Institute.
Mayor Menino has been a strong proponent of the food truck movement in Boston. Two years ago, the Mayor launched the Mayor’s Food Truck Challenge, inviting local entrepreneurs to present their food truck menus and concepts for a chance to receive permits to operate on City Hall Plaza as well as financial support from the City of Boston. The three winners of the Challenge that operated on City Hall Plaza winners were: Clover Food Lab, Momogoose, and Bon Me.
See the complete food truck schedule at http://www.cityofboston.gov/business/mobile/publicsites.asp
Participating Food Trucks include:
Boston Speed Dogs
Chicken & Rice
The Dining Car
Grilled Cheese Nation
Mei Mei’s Street Kitchen
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Savory Food Truck