Tag: Traverse City
Little Fleet attracted overflow crowds in the summer as tourists and locals alike chowed down on $9 Korean beef tacos with sambal slaw and sriracha mayo washed down with a Shrub Soda rhubarb-flavored pop. It's a street-level gourmet experience curated by Jonas as food-truck landlord.
Long lines are forming as customers check out what food trucks rolling into Traverse City have to offer. Down on Front Street, there’s a busy corner where dozens of customers are taking advantage of a variety offered by four different trucks.
Long known for its scenic beauty and recreational bounty, this Lake Michigan resort community has also been attracting attention as one of America’s most unique culinary destinations, thanks to fans like celebrity chef Maro Batali, and was named one of the country’s Top Five Foodie Towns by Bon Appetit..
Despite some opposition by downtown restaurant owners, commissioners at their regular meeting on Monday, May 6 agreed to allow food trucks to operate on city property in select areas following a year of study and debate over the issue.
The ordinance's passage paves the way for Gary and Allison Jonas, who are preparing for an anticipated May 18 opening of their new full-service bar The Little Fleet, housed in the former Jack's Market building on East Front Street. The business, which will operate seven days a week from 11 a.m.-midnight, will host five permanent food trucks in its lot, with possible room for one or two more.
The ordinance would allow up to two mobile food vendors to operate on city property from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. in four different city parking lots. The proposed areas would be downtown and on State Street between Pine and Union.
I put my business in that position, gambled on that spot, followed all the rules that it took to take that spot knowing someone could move in next to me. But I had no idea that this would happen. If I did, I probably wouldn’t have done what I did
After stops in Kalamazoo, Detroit and Grand Rapids, the Great Food Truck Debate has now parked itself in Traverse City.
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