Sunday, October 04, 2015

61 Orlando Food Truck Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) Inspections


Why Did We Do This?
We think this is a fabulous a resource for food truck lovers to learn more about their favorite trucks. And, the more light you shed on how well this food truck scene is doing, the more the industry will grow. We've gathered links to 61 food trucks' DBPR inspection reports. The more you know about the food truck scene, the more you'll see it's a legitimate part of the food scene here in Central Florida. 

About the Inspections:
Each inspection report is a "snapshot" of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. Inspections conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.

1. Click on the link next to the name of a food truck. 
2. Click the date of the inspection you wish to read. 

Truck nameDBPR Inspections
900 Degreez
After Party
AJI Gourmet
Arepas el Cacao
Bem Bom
Badass Sandwiches
Big Cheese
Burgers Gone Wild
cafe heavenly
Cafe Rouge Express
Cajun in a truck
Caro-Bama BBQ
Cilantro Urban Eatery
Cousins Maine Lobster
Curbside Chef
crep company
Daydream Pizza
Dixieland Diner
El Cactus Azul
El Cubanito Subs
Fantastic Hummus
Flaming Pizza
It's All Greek to Me
Jamaica Jamaica
Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream
Kona Dog 1
Kona Dog 2
Korean BBQ Taco Box
La Empanada
Louies Bistro
London Fish and Chippy
Los Pueblos
Melissa's Chicken & Waffles
Messy Delights
Mi Casita
Midnight Sun
Miller's Ale House
Monsta Lobsta, LLC
Namaste Cafe
Ole Aiole
Over Rice
Over The Top Pita
Penny's Parlour Treats
Pepas Arepas
Philly's Best
Rubios Baja Grill Catering
Saigon, Sizzle
SMAC (Orange Food Concepts)
Sonnys BBQ
SWAT Truck
Sweet City Gelato
Tamale Co.
Tuk Tuk Truck
Treehouse Truck
The Pastrami Project
The Smiling Bison*
Twisted Plates
Uncle Eddie's BBQ
Up in Smoke
Voodoo Kitchen
Willy T's Crab Shack

About Food & Lodging Inspections
Food Safety regulation and inspections in Florida are performed by three state agencies. Most "retail, ready to eat establishments" are licensed and inspected by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and theDepartment of Health also have regulation and inspection responsibilities, and you can learn more at each of their websites.

Public food service establishments are licensed by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants after successfully completing a food safety plan review and an initial inspection. The food safety standards applied are science-based, and largely derived from a national model called the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Model Food Code. The division also licenses public lodging establishments after an initial inspection. Unannounced routine inspections of operating food service and lodging establishments assure that sanitation and safety practices are adhered to.

Deficiencies observed during routine inspections are described in inspection reports, with references to the relevant section of Florida food regulations, and are classified as either critical or non-critical. Inspectors are standardized through extensive training, and are required to document all violations observed. Inspection reports include notice to the operator when violations must be corrected, usually either a date certain or by the next routine inspection. Frequently, violations are corrected at the time of inspection, indicated as corrected on site.

Parliament House for Sale November 1st if Debts Aren't Repaid

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the 10-acre site Parliament House sits on is worth 4.3 million. However, the owners owe $13 million in debts. A Circuit Judge ordered the owners to repay the $13 million immediately.  A lawyer for the club says all they need is a 3.5 million loan as part of a debt restructuring effort. If neither happens, the property will go up for auction November 1st. 

Friday, October 02, 2015

Paper Goat Post Stationary and Party Event Shop in Ivanhoe Village

Paper Goat Post (Website) opened an almost 1,000 sq ft shop today at 1215 N. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804 in Ivanhoe Village. Owners Cedar Watson and Meghan Watson are twin sisters, and come from a corporate background. Both worked at Universal Orlando in Events and Production; they even did the same job!

They chose to locate their shop in Ivanhoe Village after attending an event in the space formerly occupied by the Twelve21 Gallery. That space was for lease and landlord Bob Swanson spoke with them about it. That space lent itself more to an event space and less retail rather than the reverse. During the conversations, Swanson communicated that he wanted to drive more retail business downstairs. So, he showed them the space they're currently in, which lent itself to more retail than event space. 

And what a space! A large naked wooden beam runs the width of the shop. Natural light streams through two rear glass brick-covered windows and one front large picture window. Each table, shelf and nook is thoughtfully merchandised, layered with tall and short, wide and thin, pattern and solid perfectly. These two are retail experts. 

The sisters love the neighborhood and love that it's walkable. And the neighborhood, no doubt is loving them. With the addition of Paper Goat Post to the existing retail of Cloak and Dapper and Retromended, this block of Ivanhoe Village has the potential to to become a real shopping destination for excellent gifts. 

Opening a store that offered shoppers all the elements of throwing a party was always a vision and goal of the sisters. Along with offering general paper goods like cards and gifts, they will be doing serious party planning services. Their event planning will focus on social events, milestone events like weddings, birthdays, showers and anniversaries. Will they do corporate events if they come their way? Absolutely. That's what they did at Universal for years.

The shop carries products from all over the world. They started shopping for products to carry in the store in February. They attended the Stationary Show in New York City and Atlanta Mart in Atlanta. They also were familiar with several brands from their time at Universal. Etsy wholesale is also one of their resources.

They of course carry local makers' products as well. Guests can distinguish what's local because each product is denoted with a small floral sticker. 

Since the two sisters seemed so in tune with local retail culture, we asked them what their favorite snacks were. They did not disappoint. Meghan prefers a Blue Bird Bake Shop scone and Cedar loves a Yogen Fruz dairy-free banana cup. 

Chef Norman Van Aken Opening Mount Dora Restaurant


Chef Norman Van Aken, creator of the ten year old Norman's at the Ritz Carlton, is opening a new restaurant in Mount Dora in early 2016 at 142 E. 4th Ave (MAP) according to Orlando Sentinel

Van Aken says it will serve "refined rustic cuisine." 

The restaurant name has not been released, but the Sentinel says it will involve his name and 1921, which is written on the front of the building. The space is being rented from Main Street Leasing

Constitution Green and it's Trees Saved by City for $5.85 Million


On March 16th, we told you Commissioner Patty Sheehan met with St Petersburg developer Mill Creek who wanted to purchase Constitution Green at 300 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801  site of one of Orlando's oldest living trees, from the owners, the Caruso family, and develop it, leveling both the park and the 125 year old tree that grows in it. 

This tree is listed on the map of "significant" trees, along with other massive oaks.

In an interview with Channel 13 later that same day, Commissioner Sheehan said she would like to negotiate with the current owners of Constitution Park and try to have the city purchase the park. Sheehan told the Orlando Sentinel cost to the city to purchase the land would be a "substantial chunk."

In October, we finally learned what that substantial chunk will be: according to the Orlando Sentinel, it's $5.85 million in property and cash. It'll be $3.34 million in cash (thanks to the Community Redevelopment Agency budget) and $2.5 million-valued half acre of land at 129 East Gore Street. 

Both these moves have to be approved by City Council and the Community Redevelopment Agency's board and all of this is expected to close in January. 

According to the Orlando Sentinel, on Thursday the Mayor signed a letter of intent to buy the land. The letter of intent included a statement that the city was willing to exercise eminent domain in order to confiscate the park property for public use "if necessary."

Despite the city saying publicly in March that "the owners (of the land on which the tree lives) have not filed any applications for development, applications for any tree removal or any formal notification to terminate the lease, there was a rally and a petition, both in an effort to save the park and the tree. 

Constitution Green remains the only park the city was ever leasing land for. They were paying $1 per year in rent and the property taxes, which in 2014 were only $8,023.69. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Parkview Resort Master Plan Found to Have Inadequate Outbound Queueing and Issues with Signalization


The proposed Master Plan for Parkview Resort on 5.1 acres at 6233 International Drive was found to NOT be consistent with the City’s Land Development Code and the existing public facilities and services are NOT adequate to serve the proposed development. Staff recommended deferral of the Parkview Resort Master Plan to allow the applicant additional time to rectify the inadequate outbound queueing (traffic queuing and signalization issues).

No Food Trucks Allowed in Tysons Corner II


PE Group, LLC wants to build 288 multifamily units, 163,000 sq. ft. of commercial and a 42,000 sq. ft. church facility on this 44 acres called Tysons Corner located at east of Narcoossee Road, north of Tyson Road and south of Lake Whippoorwill.

However, they have to agree to several conditions of approval, one of which is to abide by a long list of prohibited uses which read like a guide map to Orange Blossom Trail, Colonial and a lot of other messy roads. Read the full list of prohibited uses of the property: 
  1. Labor pools and labor halls as defined by Chapter 448, Florida Statutes
  2. any business in which a material part of its service includes loaning money secured by vehicle titles (often known as "car-title loans")
  3. any business commonly known as "check cashing" establishment
  4. tattoo, body art, and body piercing establishments
  5. pawnshops
  6. bail bond agencies
  7. flea markets
  8. automobile sales and rentals
  9. fortune tellers, tarot card readers, palm readers, psychics, and like establishments
  10. mobile food vending (no food trucks!)
  11. bottle clubs
  12. parking, principal use
  13. personal storage
  14. retail, intensive
  15. service, intensive
  16. service, automotive and service, major vehicle

Complete Streets Amendments Went Before Municipal Planning Board


This Staff Report to Municipal Planning Board was shown on September 15, 2015. Staff requested approval to revise Transportation Element to amend Goal 1 to add complete streets. Also add new Objectives 1.33, 1.34, 1.35, and 1.36 and associated policies as it relates to the Complete Streets concept. It was recommended for approval. 

Background: Complete Streets corridors are designed to provide safe, comfortable, and convenient access for all users. This has been an increasing concern both state and nationwide in the past ten (10) years. Complete Streets policies have been implemented in various large and small urban and rural cities across the United States. Complete Streets policies are practiced in both small and large cities within the state of Florida, including: Longwood, Gainesville, and Miami. These cit- ies recognize that designing transportation projects solely for automobiles limits the transporta- tion choices available to citizens and visitors to their communities.

Adopting policies that promote a safe and comfortable multi-modal environment keeps us com- petitive in attracting new business, retaining a diverse workforce and maintaining a healthy com- munity. These proposed policies will also help the City address our appearance as one of the deadliest places to walk in America, according to the “Dangerous by Design” report written by Smart Growth America.
Complete Street Advantages
  1. Addresses all users (Pedestrian, Bicycle, Transit, Automotive, Freight
  2. Increases safety for all users
  3. Increases Economic Development potential for commercial corridors
  4. Increases livability
  5. Enhances destinations and employment centers
  6. Modifies transportation behavior

Complete Streets Disadvantages
  1. Increases infrastructure costs per mile
  2. May decrease on-street parking
  3. May increase automotive delays
  4. May increase maintenance costs
According to the US Census 2009-2013 American Community Survey, approximately 78.3% of workers in the City of Orlando commuted to work by single-occupant vehicle. Approximately 4.7% of workers used public transit, 1.9% walked, and 0.6% used a bicycle to get to work. These percentages show the modal split in the City of Orlando as an unbalanced transportation system that leans heavily toward the automobile, which is not a sustainable model for the future growth of the region or the urban core. While individual corridor design is unique to each project, incor- porating Complete Streets policies in the design can change travel behavior, improve public health, decrease pollution, promote economic activity, and remove barriers for citizens who want to commute by bicycle, transit, or walking. Creating these types of transportation corridors will increase the quality of life and allow for the region to attract and retain young professionals who want to work and live in an area that encourages active transportation and high quality transporta- tion choices.

The following Complete Streets goals, objectives and policies provide for the initial structure of a more comprehensive plan for im- plementing Complete Streets within the City of Orlando. The proposed language serves to formalize City policy and provide guid- ance for future transportation project review. This is the first step in establishing a formalized design guidebook and corridor selec- tion for the implementation of Complete Streets in the City of Orlando. The success of Complete Streets in the City of Orlando will rely on community support for the implementation of these policies and participation by the applicable departments responsible for planning future transportation projects.

GOAL: To develop a balanced transportation system that supports building a livable community with complete streets and improves access and travel choices through enhancement of roads, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian systems, intermodal facilities, demand man- agement programs, and traffic management techniques.

Proposed Amendments: 
  1. Throughout the planning period, the City shall utilize a Complete Streets approach to transportation infra- structure improvements. 
  2. The City recognizes the definition of Complete Streets as rights of way that are de- signed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, freight, motorists and transit. 
  3. The City recognizes that Complete Streets policies consider people of all ages and abili- ties, including children, teenagers, adults, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. 
  4. The City recognizes that not all streets have the same purpose or function or hierarchy of streets in terms of movement and capacity. For example, the primary purpose of arte- rial roadways is different from that of local roadways in terms of the type of primary user served. 
  5. Complete Streets policies shall apply to all roadway segments in the Major Thorough- fare Plan located in Appendix C and the City’s Land Development Code. For roads that are not currently classified in the Major Thoroughfare Plan, the City of 
  6. Orlando will reserve the right to require the implementation of the Complete Streets policies. 
  7. The City shall establish a Complete Streets design guidebook and corridor prioritization plan to implement these policies. 
  8. The City shall support the goal of Complete Streets by analyzing the land uses adjacent to the proposed roadway project to account for the primary users served.
  9. Throughout the planning period, the City shall apply Complete Streets policies to the City’s street net- work. 
  10. All new construction and reconstruction of roadways (except limited access highways) located within the City of Orlando will be planned, designed, constructed, and main- tained to benefit all users, with consideration given to land use context, right-of-way availability and costs.
  11. The Public Works and Economic Development Departments will utilize a multi- disciplinary approach that combines best engineering practices with best planning prac- tices in order to provide the community with the best roadway possible. 
  12. The City of Orlando will continue to consider all elements of the right-of-way and util- ize all applicable Complete Streets policies as part of Public Works repaving and resur- facing projects.
  13. The City of Orlando will thoroughly evaluate the construction costs for each type of facility proposed within the right-of-way in order to maximize the benefit to the com- munity.
  14. The City of Orlando will work to ensure the gradual implementation of Complete Streets policies on existing streets, and incorporate these policies into projects included in the Transportation Capital Improvements Program (see Figure CI-14). 
  15. Streets designed and/or constructed by a developer, whether public or private, shall be developed consistent with Complete Streets policies. 
  16. The City shall request that Complete Streets policies are incorporated into projects funded by outside agencies such as FDOT and Orange County. 
  17. Throughout the planning period, the City shall incorporate qualitative improvements to Complete Streets projects to promote the use of alternate modes and enhance the economic viability of the area. 
  18. Roadway design through commercial corridors and main street districts shall be en- hanced to accommodate comfortable and safe pedestrian and bicycle travel; transit rid- ership is heavily encouraged. 
  19. Street trees, landscaping and amenities that provide shade and promote aesthetically pleasing and comfortable environments for walking and cycling shall be incorporated into Complete Streets projects. 
  20. Public Art integrated into the streetscape will be considered to help identify unique ar- eas of the City of Orlando including designated Main Street, sports and entertainment districts, and the central business districts. 
  21. Throughout the planning period, the City shall apply Complete Streets policies to construct safe and con- venient bicycle facilities to accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities. 
  22. Bicycle facilities shall be recognized as a viable transportation option and shall be treated equally in the design of Complete Streets corridors. 
  23. Bicycle facilities within Complete Streets corridors shall be planned and designed to safely accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities. 
  24. No Complete Streets corridor shall be completely void of a bicycle facility. 
  25. The model hierarchy of bicycle facilities within Complete Streets corridors shall be as follows: Off-Street Path/Protected Cycle way, Buffered Bike Lane, Bicycle Lane, Shar row (shared lane marking).