Food truck wars come to Downtown Minneapolis

Here’s the skinny.

The Downtown Food Committee has called a meeting. They would like other downtown restaurants to come to the meeting and discuss how they have been negatively affected by other restos.

Well first things first, every good revolution needs a logo, can I recommend this one? (Below) It hasn’t been used in a while.

What’s odd is that I don’t see anywhere on the agenda a proactive conversation about what they can do better to compete with food trucks, how to make your food more interesting, or give out free back rubs, nothing.

This is ‘merica son, freedom ain’t free, that means that if another guy or gal has a killer idea, it might kills yours. You gotta jump in with both feet and fix your product to get it where it needs to be, ain’t no two ways about it. I’d be happy to offer my services as a consultant, me and Kevin Sawyer, if you can handle the truth.

For the record I think the city has been careful, and considerate in how they have implemented the food truck rules. Of course there is room in the conversation for improvement, but not for using government to limit competition.

Finally food trucks have given us a lot in the way of delicious food over the last few years, they have certainly established a place for themselves. The public has been introduced to a lot of wonderful flavors and experiences, how that is bad for the resto biz is beyond me.

A higher tide rises all boats.

Radisson Plaza 7
45 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN
  • When I look at the people complaining, at least the ones in downtown Minneapolis, I agree. What have they done to improve their food offering over the past 15 years? Walk through the skyways and into the food courts and perhaps all they've done with their food is raise prices. Sure, there are sushi stands and Chipotle now but the variety and even daily specials lack any imagination and all spark. Time to step up and draw the customers back to your counters and tables. - by Robb Mitchell on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 6:09pm
  • Competition is good for the consumer, the producer, etc. Do better and share in the wealth. - by Michael Rostance on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 5:21pm

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Stewart Woodman

Stewart Woodman is chef-owner (with wife Heidi Woodman) of Heidi’s and the Birdhouse, critically acclaimed Minneapolis restaurants.

Comments

sickle

sickle, not tickle, or pickle

shame

To the TCDP

1. Please, remove the sign above. More people died under the regime that the sign represents than the other known one. Including, members of my own family.

2. It should be mentioned some place that this is a comment and not an article or news reporting. .

Context matters

Shame?  Shame would be relegating the above imagery and its meaning to the trash bin of history.  

It is not only appropriate in this context, it's very important that the instinct to use government to control and limit people is discussed openly, and we remind ourselves what the consequences for extreme government intervention imply.  

As a Jew, should I be offended if someone uses the swastika in a conversation concerning fascism?  On the contrary, remembering and being diligent in insuring that conditions are never ripe, and ideologies are not left unchallenged means just that.  I have no interest in seeing the swastika forgotten.  If this imagery is as powerful to you as you suggest, you should also join me in condemning a call for government intervention to limit fair and decent competition.

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