Friday, May 20, 2016

Curbside Cuisine to close at month's end

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 5:51 PM

At its heyday, shortly after opening in mid-2013, Curbside Cuisine hosted upward of seven food trucks at a time. Guests of the food-truck hub could choose between barbecue, Creole, Jamaican, Korean, pizza, sweets, burgers, crepes, tacos, and more, depending on the day. 

Trucks like Macos Tacos and Piglatin became consistent and longtime anchors. But attrition took hold as Curbside grew. Originally, it was a Colorado Springs Urban Intervention "experiment," as described by board member Mark Tremmel of the Tremmel Design Group. The experiment, at least in its current form, will officially be over at month's end.

The past year has seen less and less activity on the corner of Platte and Nevada avenues, but Tremmel still considers the venture a successful one, with "entrepreneurial potential" if someone wishes to take the concept from nonprofit (under the Pikes Peak Community Foundation) to for-profit status. Essentially, all the trucks in town can still use a ringleader if they wish to unite in som
click to enlarge Curbside circa its launch in mid-2013. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Curbside circa its launch in mid-2013.
e fashion, he says, adding that his volunteer group often fielded calls for folks interested in booking multiple trucks for events.

The location would have to change. The hosting agency, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, which owns the real estate, plans to overtake the former auto station. (Organizers say this was known all along, and the experiment was indeed meant to be a short-term one.) 

But the Downtown Partnership and other stakeholders see a future for the food-truck movement downtown and potential to reinvigorate the scene through change, either in the continuation of a new Curbside Cuisine somewhere or in a new form. To that end, DP is co-hosting a listening session with City Councilor Jill Gaebler on May 26 — 2 p.m. in the Pikes Peak Room at City Hall —  to which all food-truck operators and interested parties (such as concerned brick-and-mortar outfits) are invited to attend. 

Here's a description of the agenda:
We want to hear what the opportunities and challenges are for food truck vendors as well as existing retailers, restaurants, and customers in Downtown. Food trucks are currently regulated by the Colorado Springs City Code 2.3.7 “Peddlers of Food Wares” and are prohibited from parking in any metered parking space, however they are permitted to park in un-metered spaces and in private lots with owner permission. A meeting is set to discuss whether more or less permissive regulation for food trucks will enable all Downtown businesses to thrive. We encourage you to attend and share your opinions.

Look for further reflections on Curbside in the next edition of the Indy, which will hit newsstands Wed. May 25.

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