by Luke Tsai
City of Oakland approval pending, next Friday, May 11, will mark the return of Bites Off Broadway, the weekly convocation of gourmet food trucks in front of the Studio One Art Center on 45th Street. The brainchild of community organizer Karen Hester, the event last took place back in October — since then Oakland has instituted a new interim policy allowing mobile “food pod” events on a limited basis.
Barring any setbacks, Bites Off Broadway will be the first pod to launch under the new policy.
According to Hester, the main holdup — and the biggest frustration — has simply been waiting for the necessary permit from the city to come through. It’s a process that’s taken over two months since she put in the initial application, and the fact of the matter is she still doesn’t have a permit. Still, based on conversations she’s had with city officials, Hester feels confident she’ll be ready to launch next week as planned.
“It is what it is,” she said. “And it’ll be great when it starts. It’s like having a child — you forget all the pain and the agony that it took to get there.”
If all goes according to plan, Bites Off Broadway will relaunch next Friday with an initial lineup of six trucks: Tina Tamale, Doc's of the Bay, Nick's Breakfast Truck, Conklin's Catering, Go Streatery, and Annakoot Indian Street Food Truck.