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(Houston Press)   Houston City Council doesn't want to allow food trucks downtown because they pose a "terrorist threat"   (blogs.houstonpress.com) divider line 181
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2012-10-04 10:42:05 PM  
I can understand their decision. Those food trucks can lead to big gassy explosions
 
2012-10-04 10:46:38 PM  
The only terrorist attack is going to be later that day in the bathroom.
 
2012-10-04 10:47:49 PM  

meintx2001: And this, America, is why we can no longer have any freedoms. We have allowed dvmba$$es to elect dvmba$$es to every level of government.

This is just as stupid as the 3 oz & quart Baggie rule.


It's because we don't focus on local elections. We're only worried about whether Obama or Romney will win and make sure we're taken care of. Very few people vote in local elections. We see the infinite wave of dumb signs promoting whatever candidate is on the ballot, but we never really dig in to find out WTF is going on locally.

It's a real shame too... we're having more freedoms pulled and more pressure added by municipalities than by the feds.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:42 PM  

GBmanNC: I think the excuse local restaurants use here in Raleigh is the food trucks don't have things like bathrooms and lower amount of employees so they have lower overhead and wahhhhhhhhhhh!

I'm not quite sure what leverage the restaurant owners have over local government though.


they pay more taxes - property, employment, etc. It's also easier to monitor and control someone if you always know where they are so restauraunts are more attractive to a beauracracy anyway.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:53 PM  

pxlboy: TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.

Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.


The East Side King trucks sell good asian style street food for $6 or so. That's fairly expensive for what it is (pork buns etc), but people think "The guy from Uchiko and that TV show", and it seems suddenly like a great deal and sells like crazy. Profit city.

And I don't think you need to be a famous chef, a well known restaurant can easily play the same way. It's silly to complain about it when there's money to be made.
 
2012-10-04 11:16:49 PM  
I work in downtown Houston and there's a food truck every other day parked right there in the middle of the HOuston Pavillions.

/Bernie's Burger Bus has the best fries in downtown Houston
//food trucks in Washington Ave sell overpriced pieces of shiat
 
2012-10-04 11:24:21 PM  
This is the Douche-Nozzle Andrew Burks who "thinks" terrorists are going to explode the city with food trucks.

I wouldn't be surprised if this idiot believes islands can capsize, just like that other ignoramus what's-his-name.

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I swear I want to punch the next politician in the nutz who uses "terrorism" as an excuse for anything. That's a topic for the kiddie table, not where adults are talking, Janet!
 
2012-10-04 11:24:46 PM  
OFFS the problem with gourmet food trucks isn't "terrorism", it's "$14 sandwiches".

Now. The mexi-japanese dog-wagon rollin' up to the work site with burritos and wonton soup and wraps and chips and Dr. Pepper?

Mess w/that, councilman, and reap the GODDAM whirlwind.
 
2012-10-04 11:40:22 PM  

safetycap: [i651.photobucket.com image 250x235]


You look uppity.
 
2012-10-05 12:00:30 AM  

mynameist: moops: No Houston, you can't be cool like Portland. Not yours.

I'll take some serious partyig and endless dancehalls over a bunch of hipsters getting high and biatching about everything that's actually fun any day.


We don't biatch about what's fun, we just go do it. Except when it's raining - that sucks. Or when the mutton isn't lean - hate the fatty mutton.

What was the question again? Sometimes our farkin' stupendous green-ary causes mental slowage. :)
 
2012-10-05 12:22:54 AM  

tetsoushima: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 700x525]

Weapons of mass destruction.

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That looks delicious
 
2012-10-05 12:24:47 AM  

dj_bigbird: cretinbob: BROWN PEOPLE ARE SCARY

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These brown people frown on your shenanigans

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Black eyed pea burritos?

//taste better than you think
 
2012-10-05 12:35:54 AM  
Their excuse is missing, This announcement paid for and brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce and our many local fine dining establishments.

I believe it's 100% correct: The economic terrorism posed by young gourmet chefs with lower fixed costs to start a business is quite serious, and should not be taken lightly. The solution is wrong, though; ship 'em to Gitmo and let them feed their terrorist food to the real terrorists instead of just banning them.
 
2012-10-05 12:37:59 AM  

Void_Beavis: Sounds to me like local business owners having the heavy overhead of a lease in a prime area of real estate are getting butthurt over the competition. Convenient excuse - terrorism.

Here in New York they tried this excuse amongst others. The latest manifestation is that food trucks pose a health risk since they aren't succeptible to the suprise buttsecks health department inspection and grading that the store-fronts are.


But they are. In LA, they have to display their latest inspection grade just like sit-downs do, but I assume that reality is inconvenient when it comes to scapegoating competition.
 
2012-10-05 01:01:02 AM  

mynameist: This seems legit to me. Now we just need to get rid of those gross after hours street tacos.


I have had those twice in my life. Though the ones in Mexico were probably cat tacos I would still happily eat them again. At 2:30 in the morning with about 9 each of beers and tequila shots in your gut there is no better sight than a street taco stand.
 
2012-10-05 01:03:09 AM  

Mock26: pxlboy: TheDirtyNacho: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


In Austin, the smart restaurant owners and chefs have started their own food trucks. Health codes require much prep work to be done in a commercial kitchen, and they already have that, making the overhead of the truck very low.

Also, by stating "such and such truck is by Chef Amazing" it gives both truck and restaurant additional cachet. For example, Paul Qui and the East Side King mini-franchise of deliciousness. It's a win for everyone.

Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.

Reminds me a bit of downtown Chicago, where the restaurant owners have managed to keep push cart vendors banned for quite some time. They claim that it would drive them out of business. Yet, they do not seem to care when a new restaurant opens up.


My sister lives down there, was talking to her a few weeks ago and she was telling me that they recently relaxed quite a few rules on food trucks, letting them do more of the cooking on the truck itself, but then they went and passed some rule that they couldnt operate within 200 feet of an actual restaurant or something like that. And 200' from a restaurant is nowhere in downtown chicago.
 
2012-10-05 01:09:14 AM  

Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.


Shifting market forces will eventually cause their lobbying campaign to run out of gas.
 
2012-10-05 01:29:58 AM  

tilrman: Mock26: BitwiseShift: Why stop at food trucks? How about every restaurant and grocery store, too, in Houston.

He is probably taking money from restaurant owners who fear that food trucks will drive them out of business.

Shifting market forces will eventually cause their lobbying campaign to run out of gas.


Only if the terrorist blow it up.
 
2012-10-05 02:11:52 AM  

carrion_luggage: After a lengthy whizz he vigorously shook his cock, stuffed it back into his pants, zipped up and then turned to see me, no doubt ashen-faced, as I had purchased numerous tube steaks from him.


If you purchase the tube steaks does that make you a power bottom?
 
2012-10-05 08:35:48 AM  
Forget the food trucks. what is important is this link at the bottom of the page

Link

nsfw
 
2012-10-05 09:36:38 AM  

CMYK and PMS: Forget the food trucks. what is important is this link at the bottom of the page

Link

nsfw


Is that a pro-ghey article? Looking at the food next to the naked broad makes me think that maybe that's what their area looks like. Old soggy taco. Or that one with the green stuff in it.

Bad marketing.
 
2012-10-05 10:22:10 AM  

PallMall: Is that a pro-ghey article?


This city is very pro-gay.
Also the Houston Press is usually about 50% sex/strip club ads so I wouldn't say bad marketing on their part. That IS their market.
 
2012-10-05 10:29:51 AM  

Mirrorz: PallMall: Is that a pro-ghey article?

This city is very pro-gay.
Also the Houston Press is usually about 50% sex/strip club ads so I wouldn't say bad marketing on their part. That IS their market.


*facepalm*
 
2012-10-05 10:31:57 AM  

Mirrorz: Also the Houston Press is usually about 50% sex/strip club ads so I wouldn't say bad marketing on their part. That IS their market.


I quit reading the Houston Press when they went to the glossy covers.
 
2012-10-05 11:04:20 AM  

PallMall: I quit reading the Houston Press when they went to the glossy covers.


I have no idea when that was. I just did contract work for them on their annual menu or menus. I worked for Free Press Houston more often but that's pretty much just a group of my friends.

As for the article, I've never eaten anything off of a food truck that didn't go from Zero to Liquified Bowels in less than a minute.
 
2012-10-05 11:31:42 AM  

Mirrorz: PallMall: I quit reading the Houston Press when they went to the glossy covers.

I have no idea when that was. I just did contract work for them on their annual menu or menus. I worked for Free Press Houston more often but that's pretty much just a group of my friends.

As for the article, I've never eaten anything off of a food truck that didn't go from Zero to Liquified Bowels in less than a minute.


I've had some good food truck food.
 
2012-10-05 11:37:18 AM  

Mirrorz: I have no idea when that was. I just did contract work for them on their annual menu or menus. I worked for Free Press Houston more often but that's pretty much just a group of my friends.

As for the article, I've never eaten anything off of a food truck that didn't go from Zero to Liquified Bowels in less than a minute.


Maybe it's been about a year or so. I did always like John Nova Lomax's bigger stories. I'm glad Free Press has blown up so much lately. Hopefully they don't end up going the way of Houston Press - which has less and less to do with Houston's point of view (like Chron).

Food Trucks are directly attributed to gastrointestinal mutilation.. so I can fully agree there. I suppose it has to do with the garbage most of them serve. I hope quality keeps going up.
 
2012-10-05 11:37:59 AM  

overlord_mike: I've had some good food truck food.


In Houston?
 
2012-10-05 04:10:33 PM  

pxlboy: Good point. The closest food truck to us is operated by a local Mexican joint. The food truck is an expansion of that business and is always busy. The restaurants should get it together and compete -- or go out of business.


And that's the thing; most of the downtown restaurants in Houston that are biatching/fighting against the food trucks are NOT setup to serve the working lunch crowd. You know, people who actually have a set time to get and eat lunch, the type that would actually be using the food trucks. If you only have 30-60 minutes for a lunch, you're NOT likely to go to a sit down place.
 
2012-10-05 10:15:22 PM  
Texas, of course.

For a state that loves to pose so much, they sure are full of scared pussies.
 
2012-10-06 06:46:13 PM  

gutterman: I May Be Crazy But...: Salacious Salad: I May Be Crazy But...: loonatic112358: elchupacabra: Good, send 'em to Austin -- our Food Trucks are awesome!

is it not bad enough that ya'll seem to be stealing the music scene as well, but now the food trucks

STEAL?!? No, Austin IS the music scene. Houston just hopes to get a little contact high by standing real close and breathing deep.

I may have said too much about the Austin music people...

Shut up, Austin sucks and no one should ever move there.

Hey, I had to move away. So everyone, Austin is a paradise. There's beautiful spring fed pools where women don't wear tops. And great music and food. And a permissive culture. I'm not even kidding.

All you Californians should keep moving there and ruining it.

You go to the hell, you go to the hell and you die.


I'm in Houston, so I've already got the first part under control. Not planning to die anytime soon, though.
 
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