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The food truck world: questions/ruminations

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The food truck world: questions/ruminations

MagicMarkR | Jun 15, 2012 06:53 PM

Food truck "pods" have found Oakland and set up shop on Tuesdays. Every time for the last month it seem to be Liba and Streatery. This has got me wondering how it works. I suppose I could ask them as well.

I realize there are lots of regulations, but is one of them that you have to be part of "off the grid"? I assume not (lawsuit waiting to happen if so), though imagine they assist with permiting, preferential treatment in siting, perhaps, etc.? And who gets to decide which trucks get to show up for which pod? Is there a bidding process? Or is it less formal than that (is it decided in a boxing ring)? offthgridsf.com lists like 50 trucks, so why does Liba turn up every time in Oakland? I assume they have community preferences, but that would be a bit weird, since it seems it would defeat the purpose of mobility, and of the variety that is something the trucks bring, in principle. Probably some literature on this out there.

I like Liba, but would like a bit more rotation. Moreover, given the prices some of them charge ($12 for a small often soggy sandwich --I think that was Streatery), unless there is more variety, I may just stick with brick and mortar (by which I do not mean to eat, of course --mmm).

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