Friday, August 19, 2011

Following 60 Trips to City Hall for Permits, the First Legal Food Truck is Now Operating in Detroit



DETROIT (July 17, 2011) -- "Today marks the first day that hungry Detroiters will be able to order lunch from a legal food truck in downtown Detroit. El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill, downtown's first fully sanctioned food truck, will be stationed at 301 Monroe St. at Randolph, serving tacos, burritos and several kinds of salsas.

While other food truck operators in downtown Detroit have set up shop without permits, Anthony Curis and Doug Runyon, co-owners of El Guapo, made dozens of trips to City Hall to find a path to legality. Curis said he visited City Hall about 60 times over the past six months, working closely with Kim James, director of the Buildings, Safety, Engineering and Environmental Department, to secure a locale to operate legally."

HT: Mike W.

9 Comments:

At 8/19/2011 11:30 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"Curis said he visited City Hall about 60 times over the past six months, working closely with Kim James, director of the Buildings, Safety, Engineering"...

Buildings, Safety, Engineering?!?!

Detroit?!?!

Proving yet again why certain people have government jobs...

They're either to dumb, to lazy, or to dishonest to hold down a real job...

 
At 8/19/2011 12:06 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

Geeeeeee.... with all this shaking down of businesses, I just can't understand why we've got not jobs growth. Huh.

 
At 8/19/2011 12:08 PM, Blogger Innovation rules said...

Isn't one a truck's purposes mobility? Why get asigned an area?

 
At 8/19/2011 12:40 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Buildings, Safety, Engineering?!?!

Detroit?!?!
"

Boy, those were my exact questions, also in that order.

"Proving yet again why certain people have government jobs..."

This part should be easy to understand. As government jobs don't exist due to an actual need for them, there hasn't likely been an increase in unemployment in the public sector in Detroit.

As a result, many public employees, with little to do these days, are available to harass those who actually want to do something productive.

 
At 8/19/2011 6:03 PM, Blogger Craig said...

These dying, northern cities are very protective of the few brick-and-mortar businesses that have set up shop in their newly-stylish downtowns. They are seen as the anchors of the future -- permanent and tax-paying -- which should not be discouraged.

Obviously, it's the same, old tired thinking that caused their decline in the first place, but protectionism, in all its guises, never seems to die.

 
At 8/20/2011 3:31 AM, Blogger Jim said...

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At 8/20/2011 9:47 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Hey Ron H, consider perusing the following document: The Fiscal Condition of the City of Detroit - April 2010...

Its an 'scribd' type document which can be searched...

You'll find some interesting numbers if you use the search term, "government employees"...

 
At 8/20/2011 3:38 PM, Blogger vdavisson said...

It took this guy a long time... he *never* would have gotten the permit in LA County.

 
At 8/20/2011 5:17 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

juandos

"You'll find some interesting numbers if you use the search term, "government employees"..."

I suspected the true story might be more like that, but that's not an interesting story. I thought mine had more emotional appeal. :)

 

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