Tevlin: In downtown lunch wars, it's skyways vs. food trucks

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2013 - 2:51 PM

Rolling restaurants have formed the Minnesota Food Truck Association to better respond to criticism, as well as help Minneapolis shape future regulations or changes.

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CocoLotionFeb. 3, 13 8:53 AM

go food trucks! they all offer wonderful foods which cannot be found on the skyway. (d brian's isn't on marquette - it's over in US bank, plaza 7, or 1 financial plaza.)

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lingrassFeb. 3, 13 9:08 AM

D. Brians is expensive, though the trucks aren't much better. People like to go outside when the weather is good and the trucks provide a change from the routine lunch. If D. Brians want to take a bite out of the truck business, lower the prices.

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OldYellarFeb. 3, 13 9:26 AM

Done right, the food trucks can add a layer of vibrancy in the cities. If you want to see an example of this, then visit Portland, Oregon. There, highly decorated food trailers surround certain parks, and create a very nice mix with the local brick and mortar places. Business suiters, jogging clothes, and free spirit back packers can all be seen together around the trucks and in the parks. Quality is the key.

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niceinniceFeb. 3, 13 9:37 AM

Andrew is right.

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hermajestyFeb. 3, 1310:47 AM

I agree about Portland's food truck scene. That city doesn't have the massive skyway system that Minneapolis has, so most of the restaurants are at street level anyway. That way you can really see that the good restaurants have nothing to fear and that not all the food trucks are successful, either.

Here in Minneapolis, people are essentially confined to the skyways all winter. Who can blame them for wanting a change when the weather warms up? Besides, Zimmern is right about the food in the skyways. A lot of it is fast food chain garbage or the equivalent.

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popsantaFeb. 3, 1311:40 AM

Nice. When you have to resort to strategies that limit competition, you know you have a bigger problem. You only lose customers because they are serving a better product or better value. I'll skip my meals from Dbrian's going forward for sure.

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rustyscupperFeb. 3, 13 2:01 PM

Anything to bring some vitality to the streets of Minneapolis is fine by me. The skyways doomed this city from the beginning.

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FrankLFeb. 4, 13 9:58 AM

Seems like parks and events are a perfect place for food trucks, so of course Mpls has rules against it. Seems like they provide the surge capacity to handle the crowds while not having buildings and equipment idle most of the time.

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vikings1Feb. 4, 13 5:25 PM

Dbrians serves horrible food.

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littlebootsFeb. 5, 1311:12 AM

So when everyone is inside hiding away in the skyways in the winters can the truck guys complain and get ordinances put in place to stop this? I'm sorry for the skyway people, maybe they should get food trucks? The skyways cause nothing but problems from a business sense in the cities because you need to have two shops, a retail for summer and a skyway for winter, it's brutal on small businesses. Or just pass a law and ban the competition which was simply a better business model, more entrepreneurial, smarter, more adaptive, fluid and thus successful.

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