Minneapolis says no to food trucks outside Fulton tap room

8:03 AM, May 10, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - There will no longer be food trucks outside of Minneapolis' first tap room.

Fulton Brewing Company opened the tap room located at 414 6th Avenue North in March, the first in the city following the passage of the "Surly Bill."

"We're a brewery, we make beer but we recognize people want to have food with the beer they drink," said Ryan Petz, President of Fulton Brewing Company. "We're not really the guys to make it so we've been partnering with these food trucks and it's been a really good thing."

But, this week Fulton received a notice from the city letting them know it's illegal for them to have a food truck on their property.

"We knew food trucks could operate downtown, we considered ourselves downtown," said Petz.

KARE 11 looked at the food truck zoning map from the city. It shows that the tap room is indeed just three blocks outside of the zone.

Word of the enforcement spread like wildfire on social media.

"There's been a big response on Twitter," said Petz, "We like the support but it maybe made it sound like it was worse than it was."

Petz has reached out to the city, but until there's a resolution there won't be food trucks at the tap room.

"We've always told our patrons who want to come to the brewery that they can bring in food from other restaurants or order pizza or takeout and bring it in to the brewery we're just fine with that," said Petz.

KARE 11 spoke to a city representative who said Mayor RT Rybak and the councilman for that ward are looking into re-drawing the food truck zone to include the North Loop Neighborhood.

Any changes to the areas where food trucks are allowed will need to go through an internal review process. The zones were last updated a year ago.

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