Bradenton, Palmetto food trucks to boast variety

jtate@bradenton.comJuly 11, 2013 

MANATEE -- Bradenton and Palmetto residents can enjoy "gourmet" cuisine from Suncoast Food trucks vendors starting next week.

That's the word from Andrew Seeley, owner of Suncoast Food Trucks, who plans to assign different vendors to two locations: in Bradenton at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., and in Palmetto at the Auto Save car dealership, 495 Eighth St. W.

"They are so open to having us and that's what we're excited about," said Seeley, who also owns the Flying Sliders food truck.

Marc Betancourt, Auto Save general sales manager, said the trucks are good for business.

"We want everyone to know we're here," Betancourt said.

Palmetto City Clerk Jim Freeman said food truck vendors are welcome to set up in Palmetto as long as they follow the city's new ordinance.

"Once they comply they are free to operate," said Freeman.

Palmetto mobile vendors can operate only from 7 a.m. to an hour after sunset, and cannot obstruct traffic or block customers from accessing a business.

Some mobile vendors opposed the new ordinance, which took effect July 1, but Seeley welcomes the regulations that, he says, weed out "roach coach" vendors.

Suncoast Food Trucks, which is a booking agent and event coordinator for food trucks, will send various mobile vendors serving tacos, wings, pizza and sandwiches to the two locations each day they are working.

"Every single day it will be a different truck there," said Seeley.

Suncoast Food Trucks has grown from three trucks to 15 trucks primarily serving the Manatee and Sarasota areas.

"We should be employing 100 people by January," said Seeley.

Bradenton Development Services & Zoning Manager Brady Woods said the vendors have applied for clearance from all necessary state and county agencies.

He said it doesn't take the city longer than a week to approve.

South Florida Museum officials are also excited vendors will allow their customers to top off their experience with tasty food, said Jessica Schubick, museum communications manager.

"I think it's going to be a great opportunity for patrons and everyone in downtown," said Schubick.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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