Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OMFG, Oakland Mobile Food Group Is Closing!

By Jesse Hirsch
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 6:41 AM

At least one food-pod organizer is not psyched for the city’s new interim policy. Elizabeth August, longtime mobile-food advocate and oft-thwarted event organizer, announced Saturday that her Oakland Mobile Food Group brand and website is on the market. She is also selling the Guerrilla Grub food truck to focus exclusively on her catering business.

“I am so done with food trucks,” she said. “I don’t care to be an organizer and I don’t care to be a participant.” August believes the interim food-truck policy is too little, too late, and will ultimately be rife with red tape and cost-prohibitive permitting (including health, fire, and police “encroachment” permits).

“It’s a political gold star for a couple of councilmembers, but ultimately the whole thing is a load of crap,” she said. “At some point I’ll be sad about leaving mobile food, but right now I’m just disgusted.”

Among August’s complaints are the recent eviction of food trucks from Art Murmur, the city’s closure of an artisan craft fair she organized this weekend, and what she calls the “arbitrary dispersal” of conditional use permits in the past (see: Bites off Broadway).

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