New Orleans City Council Presentation by New Orleans Food Truck Coaltion


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A presentation to the New Orleans City Council by the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition on 10/8/12 regarding the need to change New Orleans' out of date food truck and mobile vending laws.

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New Orleans City Council Presentation by New Orleans Food Truck Coaltion

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  2. 2. New Orleans Food Truck Coalition To educate the public about the benefits of food trucks for our community. To work with the City on legislative reform.
  3. 3. Benefits of Food Trucks Food Trucks are a potent source of opportunity for New8 Orleanians of all backgrounds. 3
  4. 4. Benefits of Food Trucks Food Trucks are low- barrier to entry for established restaurants,8 family businesses, and first time entrepreneurs.  Start-up Capital required to start a food truck: ~$40k  Start-up Capital required to start a restaurant: ~$250k  Ideal entry point into the culinary business  New aspect of NOCCA Curriculum 4
  5. 5. Benefits of Food Trucks Low-barrier food entrepreneurship will help our city’s authentic8 culinary culture flourish well in to the future. 5
  6. 6. Benefits of Food Trucks Food trucks can generate additional revenue for the City of8 New Orleans. 6
  7. 7. Benefits of Food Trucks As mobile businesses, food trucks can help accelerate the8 revitalization of blighted thoroughfares and under-served neighborhoods. 7
  8. 8. Benefits of Food Trucks Food trucks bring street life and increase foot traffic, which creates8 safer spaces and “Eyes on the Streets,” and helps local Symposium on 7/24 brought  Food Truck Rally & businesses. >500 people to O.C. Haley  We Now Host Weekly Tuesday Food Truck Round-Ups on O.C. Haley 8
  9. 9. Benefits of Food Trucks Food trucks complement and strengthen successful commercial8 storefronts.  Food trucks typically park in front of complementary businesses  Mutually Beneficial Set-up  Brigade Coffee w/ Steins, Company Burger, St. James Cheese Company  La Cocinita w/ Le Bon Temps Roule, Hollygrove Market & Farm 9
  10. 10. Benefits of Food Trucks Restaurant Owners can create mobile branches of their businesses.8  Dat Dog Express, Dragos, Sucre  Martinique (currently only in Houma but would like a NOLA truck)  Food trucks can branch out into restaurants: Boucherie 10
  11. 11. Benefits of Food Trucks Food trucks can even serve as first- responders during times8 of crisis, as we saw recently. generators, food trucks can  Equipped with serve hot food in the aftermath of a storm before restaurants are able to open  Empanada Intifada, Taceaux Loceaux, etc. served food at discounted pricing post-Isaac  Teaming up with Catholic Charities to bring trucks to Braithwaite later this month to feed residents. 11
  12. 12. Benefits of Food TrucksJob BenefitsEvery 20 trucks permitted wouldcreate an estimated 100 jobs (40 full-time jobs & 60 part-time jobs).Thus, 100 additional permits wouldeventually create 500 full- and part-time jobs.SBA: Small businesses create morethan half of the private non-farmgross domestic product, and theycreate 60 to 80 percent of the netnew jobs nationally 12
  13. 13. Benefits of Food TrucksTax BenefitsFood Sales were the largest source ofsales tax revenue for the City in 2011.Between January and September of2012, NOLAFoodTrucks.comreceived 53 email inquiries frompeople wanting to start new foodtrucks in New Orleans.Allowing more trucks to get permittedwould increase the revenue flow forthe City 13
  14. 14. Benefits of Food TrucksStrengthen and Revitalize our Networksof Local BusinessesLocal Goods (Groceries, Fuel,Propane, Hardwares, etc.)Local Services (Mechanics,Electricians, Web and GraphicDesigners, etc.)Property Tax (in the form ofCommissary Kitchen Rent) 14
  15. 15. Benefits of Food TrucksFood Deserts & Underserved MarketsFederal City in AlgiersUNO on the LakefrontDelgado CC in Mid-CityNew Hospital Site in New OrleansEastO.C. Haley in Central CitySt. Claude & 9th WardDillard University & GentillyXavier University & Gert Town 15
  16. 16. Current Ordinances 1. 100 Permit Cap 2. 600 Feet from Restaurants & Schools 3. CBD/French Quarter Ban8 4. 45-Minute Time Restriction
  17. 17. Current Ordinances 1. 100 Permit Cap Includes Snowball Vendors, Produce Vendors, Fresh Seafood Vendors, Lucky Dogs, etc.8 Nearly impossible to get a permit at any given time 2 ½-page Wait List 17
  18. 18. Current Ordinances 2. 600 Feet from Restaurants & Schools 600 Feet = 2 Football Fields New Orleans is a culinary haven with hundreds of restaurants8 Severely restricts possibilities for food trucks 18
  19. 19. Current Ordinances 4. CBD/French Quarter Ban From Howard to Esplanade, & From the River to Claiborne Need for quick, inexpensive lunch8 options in the CBD
  20. 20. Current Ordinances 3. CBD/French Quarter Ban From Howard to Esplanade, & From the River to Claiborne Need for quick, inexpensive lunch8 options in the CBD
  21. 21. Current Ordinances 4. 45-Minute Time Restriction Takes ~30 minutes to set up Social media followers need time to track down trucks8 Unrealistic parameter for both consumers and businesses Doesn’t affect health or safety 22
  22. 22. Health & SafetyFire RegulationsInspected AnnuallyFire Suppression System: All permittedtrucks have sprinkler systems in caseof fire Annual Liquid Propane GasInspectionsSemiannual Hood Vent Inspections3 Fire Extinguishers with ProperAnnual Inspections, Including one forElectrical FiresNo Smoking Signs Near Propane 23TanksAmple Distance Between Propane
  23. 23. Health & Safety Health Regulations Inspected Semiannually & Daily During Mardi Gras Along the Parade Route. Complete compliance with Part XXIII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code≈ 3-basin sink + separate hand-washing station, all w/ hot water and strong pressure Sanitizer & test kits for proper dishwashing Proper Food & Refrigeration Thermometers 24 Smooth & cleanable surfaces throughout
  24. 24. Health & SafetyCommissary KitchensAll food trucks must cook and storetheir food in a commissary kitchenThese kitchens are separatelyinspected by the Health Departmentspecifically for the food truck toensure ample storage and prepspace, in addition to a sanitaryenvironment. 25
  25. 25. Organizations & Restaurants that Publicly Support the NOFTC:
  26. 26. Cochon
  27. 27. Patois
  28. 28. Dat Dog
  29. 29. Good Work Network
  30. 30. StayLocal!
  31. 31. Grow Dat Youth Farm
  32. 32. Steins Deli
  33. 33. NOWFE(New Orleans Wine & Food Experience)
  34. 34. Midway Pizza
  35. 35. Tales of the Cocktail
  36. 36. Le Bon Temps Rouler
  37. 37. St. James Cheese Company
  38. 38. Pizza Delicious
  39. 39. Lilette
  40. 40. Maple Street Bakery
  41. 41. Hansens Sno-Bliz
  42. 42. NOLA Locavores
  43. 43. Velvet Espresso
  44. 44. 45 Tchoup
  45. 45. Poppy Tooker,Louisiana Eats
  46. 46. Chef Tory McPhail,Commanders Palace
  47. 47. Chef Joaquin Rodas, Bachannal
  48. 48. Neighborland
  49. 49. Clancys
  50. 50. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute
  51. 51. Dominiques on Magazine
  52. 52. Babs Johnson,Lafayette Square Conservancy
  53. 53. Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar
  54. 54. Propeller(Formerly SENO)
  55. 55. Martinique
  56. 56. ZeitgeistMultidisciplinary Arts Center
  57. 57. Kyoto Sushi
  58. 58. Naked Pizza
  59. 59. The Rusty Nail
  60. 60. O.C. Haley Arts Market
  61. 61. Company Burger
  62. 62. Slow Food New Orleans
  63. 63. Dantes Kitchen
  64. 64. Brigtsens
  65. 65. Emerils
  66. 66. THANK YOU!