The requirements to get a permit for operating a food truck in Dallas have never been well-defined. Until today, only trucks originally built as mobile food trucks could then operate in Dallas. A vehicle that started life as a stepvan or a bus and was gutted and retrofitted to become a gourmet food truck was a no-no. It was impossible to get such a truck permitted. Even trailers, such as Trailercakes’ “Bubbles” or the Hot Box, had difficulty getting a full permit.
Hello, Angela Hunt and the Dallas “Quality of Life” committee! Their proposed changes to make Dallas a funky food truck friendly town were passed by the Dallas City Council today. You can read the QOL document here.
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Whether lounging by a fire on one of these cold nights, standing under the mistletoe for a kiss, or simply waiting for Santa to bring your Christmas wish, try mixing up one of these tasty concoctions to put you in the holiday mood.
Muddle cranberries in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, gin and ice. Shake and strain into a bucket glass with ice. Garnish with a skewer of cranberries.1 Comment »
How long before Oak Cliff secedes from Dallas county to form their own little republic? Think how cool that would be for the business folk: the restaurateurs and funky food shops could make their own rules, they could charge a toll to enter and exit, and fine customers not wearing flannel.
Obviously either Tim Byres, Christopher Jeffers, or Chris Zielke (or all three!) would rule the roost. Today the triumvirate announced two more projects. The owners of Smoke and Bar Belmont took over the 3-acre plot of land that used to be Jack’s Backyard. (Fort Worth Avenue and Pittman St.) First up: Chicken Scratch, a family-friendly restaurant serving—wait for it—“cast-iron fried and wood-fired rotisserie chicken with wholesome handmade sides.” It’s “slow fast food.” (Wouldn’t it be fast slow food? I’ll leave that one for someone else like Jack Perkins.)
Next door to The Scratching Chicken, I mean Chicken Scratch, will be The Foundry. Sounds serious, right? Nope. The Foundry will be a bar offering simple drinks. (Drama! Do I sense a struggle between mixolgists v bartenders?) The drinks with be simple and strong. (I could say something about my ex-husband here but I’ll let it pass.) There will be beer—lots of drafts and bottles and microbrews plus “usual suspects.” Affordable! Live music! And, if they can swing it: the property will be able to “host food and merchandise trucks, drive-in movies, and other community themed events.”
The Foundry is scheduled in early January 2012 and Chicken Scratch “soon after.” (I still think they should have named it Petticoat Junction. Wouldn’t you eat chicken at the Shady Rest? Such a duh.)
Trending: “Scratch” in a restaurant name, fried chicken, and regular bartenders without pork pie hands and mutton chops.” Somebody get me a Realtor.