Monday, September 12, 2011

Link roundup

1. Bank of America is planning to fire 30,000-40,000 people.

2. "Squirrel with jazz hands." Via.

3. Apparently, one team was kicked off Food Network's Great Food Truck Race after they were caught cheating. The contest was who could make the most money, and they added $2,000 of their own money to the cash drawer. (Isn't this food truck nonsense over yet? All the cost of a restaurant, none of the convenience.) Via.

7 comments:

  1. I wouldn't say it's nonsense. Rent in high-profit areas becomes increasingly ludicrous, and owning your own building even more so. The food vans, even though they are a bit expensive and you have to pay for gas/maintenance, are still far less onerous than paying thousands a month in rent and still not actually owning the building in which you operate, or dropping hundreds of thousands or even millions to do so, and beggaring yourself on the loan payments. No, I wouldn't say it's nonsense, just a way for new blood to get into an increasing gentrified and economically ensconced profession.

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  2. Oh, I understand why it makes economic sense for the chef/entrepreneur. Crazy to open a restaurant in this economy. I don't understand why customers would seek them out.

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  3. Because without the ridiculously huge overhead of opening a brick and mortar on their backs, food truck operators are less stifled by the notion that they must sell proven, reliable, always profitable food. Some of the most creative chefs I know are doing some wildly inventive things out of trucks. I am, of course, somewhat biased, having owned and operated my own truck over this last year and change.
    And I don't know what trucks you've been to, but if you're paying as much as you would in a an actual sit-down, tablecloth joint, you're going to the wrong trucks.

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  4. I totally agree with Gus. The best and most creative food here in Austin is coming out of the of trucks.
    In addition, I have yet to see any evidence that I'm paying what I would at a restaurant. The price may be comparable to Taco Bell or McDonalds, but the quality of the food is levels above. Plus, what other restaurants are open till 3AM? For those of us who work nights and overnights, or just those who want to try food that they won't be able to find at a sit-down restaurant, food trucks are a god-send.

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  5. The food truck scene in Seattle has revitalized the food scene in general. Where I work in South Lake Union, we are seeing a huge surge in food trucks around lunch time. I tell you, it meets an immense need in terms of variety.

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  6. "The price may be comparable to Taco Bell or McDonalds." Not remotely true in Los Angeles.

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  7. One more reason I live in Austin. We've got the Alamo Drafthouse, South By Southwest, and affordable and delicious food trucks.

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