ROKMININEWS ERROR: File not found: images/stories/Times/082814/082814a.jpgROKMININEWS ERROR: File not found: images/stories/Times/082814/082814f.jpg
Move
Display 0 | 5 | 10 | 15 Stories

Local Topics

Topics
Top Story

Honda Jazzes Up Sporty Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit is the third generation of Honda’s versatile 5-door subcompact...

Picnic Time!

No matter where you spend the last long weekend of summer, one thing is certain:...

Make a Checkup Part of Your Back-to-School Plan

By Mika Hiramatsu, MC, FAAP • Special to the Times Binder paper, pencils, backpack,...

What Is and Isn’t Included in Medicare?

By David Sayen • Special to the Times Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of...

Virtual Tours Take Market to New Level

By Carl Medford, CRS • Special to the Times Looking to differentiate itself from...

Prepare Your Home and Family for an Earthquake

Make Your Own Boric Acid Ant Bait

Open Homes • 08-28-14

Home Sales • 08-28-14

How Medicare Can Cover a Mobility Device, Wheelchair

Senior Safe-Driver Seminar on Sept. 2

Keep Active as Time Passes By

New Reverse Mortgage Rule Protects Younger Spouse from Foreclosure

New Technology Sparks New Behavior

If Your Garden Has You Seeing Red...

Clash Errupts Over Bringing In Food Trucks
Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:29
022713

The plan to invite food trucks, like those shown above during a visit to Pleasanton last year, is facing resistance from some Castro Valley restaurant-owners.

By Robert Souza

CASTRO VALLEY FORUM

 

 

Whether bringing food trucks to Castro Valley for weekly visits would attract additional shoppers to the downtown or just create more competition for already hard-hit restaurants remained the unanswered question at Friday morning’s merchants meeting.

Around 60 residents and shop owners filled Knudsen’s Ice Creamery to brainstorm ways to bring more business and dollars to the new Boulevard.

Bill Lambert of the County Development Agency presented such options as a “bike and roll” event, an art-and-wine fair, a donated-item auction and the concept of having food trucks park in the lot behind the Daughtrey building on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights.

It was that last item that sparked an exchange of strong words between those who wanted to have the popular catering trucks visit one evening a week and those who staunchly opposed the idea.

“Bringing in food trucks will compete with my business!” agitated business owner Tom Kokezas told the meeting.

Lambert introduced “Food Truck Mafia” organizer Phil Woodman who said the members of his group are the only ones who donate a portion of their profits to communities like San Lorenzo, Fremont, Niles, Pleasanton, Newark and Livermore, where they have operated.

He insisted he was not pushing the idea of coming into Castro Valley, but noted that each truck has at least a thousand loyal followers on social media who turn out an average of 500 people for events, which he described as “customer attractions” for existing restaurants and businesses.

Former Boulevard businessman J.D. Kitchel was dubious the trucks would attract more customers, but would only “compete for the limited amount of dollars consumers have to spend on food” in Castro Valley.

“It’s worth opening your eyes to this because these trucks bring thousands of people,” said Castro Valley Veterinarian Andrew Moffatt. “We should try it, or sit here and go bankrupt.”

County officials recruited nine representatives from the group to meet in two weeks to review options for the food trucks.

 

Classifieds

Weekly specialty items listings, garage sales, and much more!

 

Current Ads

 

If you would like to place a Classified Ad, call Patrick at 510-614-1558.

Biz Spotlight

Tell us about your local business, events, and special offerings. Where you make the news!

 

Submission form

Real Estate

Get the latest in housing news and services delivered to you in full color PDF.

 

Browse this weeks gallery