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"We're Done": Popular LA Food Trucks To Stop Coming To OC Thanks To New Permit Requirements

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Enjoy the tasty grub from The Grilled Cheese Truck, Grill 'Em All and Greasy Wiener? Sorry, but you'll soon have to drive to Los Angeles County to get some, thanks to a countywide crackdown by OC health officials.  
   
Many LA-based luxe loncheras like the trio mentioned above frequent Orange County regularly, feeding flocks of hungry customers at the OC Fair's weekly food truck stops. But according to The Orange County Register, these trucks have been operating on temporary permits that will soon expire. In order to continue doing business in OC, the trucks must obtain state-issued mobile food facility permits, which would require many to make costly kitchen upgrades. (In Los Angeles, the trucks can continue to operate under grandfathered permits.) 

For food truck owners, it's just not worth it. 

"This is it. We're done," Grilled Cheese Truck chef/owner Michele Grant told The Register, referring to their time in OC.  

To get a mobile food facility permit, a food truck must use traditional mechanical refrigeration. The Grilled Cheese Truck and others use cold plate refrigeration, a cost-saving alternative that is effective at keeping food at safe temperatures.  
  
The Grilled Cheese Truck and Greasy Wiener are already outtie. Grill 'Em All's last OC Fair stop will be Aug. 9. 

Ugh. OC health officials, you make us a Cheesy Mac and Rib sandwich then!  

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29 comments
yoshiyahu
yoshiyahu

So wait. Is this about the OC cracking down? Or about CA State regulations? In LA the trucks are grandfathered in. that seems to imply that new food trucks anywhere in the state will have to meet the new state requirements. I love to bag on OC county government as much as anyone, but here it doesn't feel like it's their issue, as much as changing state rules.

kwelch29
kwelch29

this will happen in LA county in no time as well.  Busy body scum bags are everywhere.  

Cheryl Lynn
Cheryl Lynn

Pedro~Angry much? Go to Anaheim and vent...

Regan Tu
Regan Tu

Hi, my name is Pedro Delgato, meowwwww~ I'm a Nigerian Prince. I thank my two father's, Hose A and Hose B, for my food. I'm a mexiCANT. I'm illegal. Hose A Louise Asus Delgato ( is my husband, I love him very mucho. I love to tickle his cajones while they melt in my mouth. I love taking showers and sticking my finger up my asshole and swirling it around. It's the only way I can pretend to be a girl.

Tony Trimmer
Tony Trimmer

Most of the food at these gourmet food trucks puts the food at some expensive restaurants to shame. OC should be embarrassed for running these guys off. They're basically scaring people away from coming into OC and spending money here.

Pedro Delgado
Pedro Delgado

Jeff,you are absolutely right unfortunately city councils are helping out the so called brick&mortar businesses by sending out new regulations to keep away the fair competition that catering trucks bring to their cities.Catering trucks already face more scrutiny from cities than any brick &mortar business.

Jeff Keller
Jeff Keller

Health Departments, from county to county, all have their quirks and pet peeves. But, it shouldn't be that way. Just like other state laws, Health Departments should be mandated to abide by one set of rules. No county should be more or less lenient than the next. A McDonalds in Cypress should not have to go by different rules than a McDonalds in Cerritos.

Bob Newman
Bob Newman

Evidently the OC Weekly's readership isn't as enlightened as I would have imagined. Disappointing.

marketingguru
marketingguru

typical state & OC county government, passing stupid legislation during a BAD ECONOMY that will hurt business owners. It's unbelievable how quickly these politicians want this state to sink, they make for a POOR business climate, companies are leaving by the droves for other states where they receive tax incentives so they can become profitable.

Joel White
Joel White

Is kogi's gone too? I like that place.

Randy Westergard
Randy Westergard

Good job OC bureaucratic bimbos. You guys could screw up a wet dream...

Luan Evans
Luan Evans

the greasy weiner was gross anyway

meltz00
meltz00

@stabitha The OC is jerks. This is why the show was cancelled.

GetSource
GetSource

@stabitha @OCWeeklyFood @GrillEmAllTruck HarHarHar. More food trucks for us!!

YourChicLife
YourChicLife

@OCWeeklyFood @grlldcheesetruk @GrillEmAllTruck This sucks!

marketingguru
marketingguru

ok then, typical corrupt politicians, excepting bribes as contributions towards their campaign and then passing legislation to appease their contributors, the system is broken and no one wants to fix it.

yoshiyahu
yoshiyahu

It's easy to talk about government passing laws that hurt business owners. The reality is more complicated.

 

With food trucks, there's HUGE lobbying fand protesting and whining rom brick-and-mortar restaurant associations. They don't like the competition and think it's unfair. So these huge restaurant associations, like the one Herman Cain used to head, lobby their elected representatives to do something about unfair Food Truck competition. And in response to this lobbying, governments pass laws.

 

So if you want to be fair, you need to talk about how one group of business owners demands politicians pass laws to fight another group of business owners.

 

Unfortunately, we have a lot of people pretending that businesses are all about free enterprise and competition, but most businesses are eager to use government regulation to help themselves and hinder their competition. I doubt we have many free market types out there. Well, besides prostitutes and the dealers of hard drugs.

stabitha
stabitha

@meltz00 I WILL FIGHT THEM

stabitha
stabitha

@GetSource I loved you, @GrillEmAllTruck. I loveded you. #OrangeCurtain

meltz00
meltz00

@stabitha You should totally fight. Throw on some Martyr AD and get busy.

stabitha
stabitha

@meltz00 Indecision! FOR THOSE I LOVE I WILL SACRIFICE

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