Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Off the Grid Coming to North Berkeley

Tue, May 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Off the Grid, San Francisco’s fiercely popular food-truck events, is jumping the bay. Organizer Matt Cohen is in the final stages of environmental health review from the city of Berkeley to launch a weekly Off the Grid street-food event Wednesday evenings in North Berkeley, on the stretch of North Shattuck at Rose, site of the Thursday farmers’ market. Target launch date: Wed., June 1, though permitting delays might push the launch back to June 8.

Cohen launched the first Off the Grid in June 2010 at Fort Mason Center. There are now weekly (or twice-weekly) Off the Grid food-truck pods in five locations in San Francisco. In the past several months Cohen has hinted that Off the Grid was seeking to expand outside the city, citing the East Bay as a likely target. The North Berkeley event represents OtG’s first foray off San Francisco soil.

No word yet on how many vendors will regularly set up at Off the Grid North Berkeley, or if the roster will also include cart vendors, as at Fort Mason. We’ll let you know more as details emerge.

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