Food Trucks

Matthew Bell 

Texas native Robert West used to lament that many of his Muslim friends, even those who had spent most or all of their lives in the Lone Star state, had never even tried real Texas-style smoked BBQ.

“It’s an atrocity,” West recalls saying. “You cannot live in Texas your entire lives and not have BBQ. Somebody’s got to do something.”

West grumbled about this often enough that his friend, Jason Bones eventually told him, “Let’s actually do it. Or just shut up about it.”

When upscale food trucks roared into popularity a few years ago, the folks running them praised their rolling operations as far cheaper and simpler to launch than a bricks-and-mortar restaurant.

Now, entrepreneurs are finding similar advantages in food bikes.

Brewers, chefs, baristas and even farmers are turning to pedal-powered vehicles to bring their goods to consumers — and, sometimes, actually produce them on the street.

Headlines for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin is starting the first full day of her second and final term in office. (Tulsa World)

  • The mascot change for Oklahoma City’s Capitol High School is moving forward. (NewsOK)

  • The court paves the way for the state's first lethal injection since a problematic execution in the spring.  (Tulsa World)

If you’ve ever been craving a delicacy from a certain food truck in Oklahoma City, you know how difficult it can be to know where it’s located at any given time.

Well apparently there’s now an app for that.

KOSU’s Michael Cross talks with Josh DeLozier about his new product to connect mobile vendors to hungry customers.

Josh says the app is simple and easy to use for food truck owners and workers who don’t have time to spend on social media.

Food trucks have been steadily multiplying in cities across the country for a few years now. So their collision with the brave new world of marijuana edibles — from brownies to gummy candy — was probably inevitable, at least in the states where the drug is now legal.

Quinton Chandler / KOSU

Food trucks have been growing in popularity across America, and recently they’ve come to Stillwater.  But the truck owners have been forced to wait for the college town to catch up and adapt to the food truck market. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler has the story.

Sometimes local governments get to set regulations in anticipation of new businesses, but sometimes an industry pops up and gets big enough to force regulations to catch up.