Navy Yard to Score a Food Truck

As part of the city's latest round of food truck permits, vendors will now be serving the neighborhood with a site in the Navy Yard.

There's a new food truck in town. Fifteen of them, actually.

Starting tomorrow (July 13), there will be a food truck serving Charlestown at the corner of 5th and 1st Streets in the Navy Yard. The site is one of several new food truck locations announced by the mayor's office this week. 

So what kind of truck will be there?

Fifteen new vendors have won permits from the city and they'll be serving the Navy Yard site on a rotating basis. They are:

  1. Lincoln Street Coffee on the Go
  2. Go Fish
  3. Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese
  4. The Cupcakory
  5. Redbones BBQ
  6. Mobile Home
  7. Savory Food
  8. Staff Meal
  9. The Dining Car
  10. Grilled Cheese Nation – 2 Trucks: “Minnie” and “Cheese Force One”
  11. Kick*ss Cupcakes
  12. The Froyo Truck
  13. Clover Fast Food
  14. Bon Me
  15. Pennypackers

Boston’s Food Truck program, unlike in other cities, has designated permanent spots on city streets where food truck vendors can apply to operate, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

The food trucks will serve a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (with a 9:00 PM closing time in some neighborhoods).

In addition to the Navy Yard, new food trucks will be located in Back Bay, Bay Village, South End, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Boston University, Dorchester and Boston Marine Industrial Park/South Boston Waterfront. For a map of the public location go to: www.cityofboston.gov/business/mobile/publiclocationmap.asp.

These locations are in addition to the food trucks that already operate on City Hall Plaza and on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  

As part of the Mayor’s Healthy Food Initiative, food trucks applying to participate in the program must include at least one healthy menu option that does not include fried foods, trans- fats, or high fructose corn syrup.

The healthy menu option also has to include at least three of the following: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, reduced fat or lean meats that are grilled, broiled or baked.

Additionally, participating trucks were asked to provide a statement on their commitment to environmental sustainability and community engagement, and to consider joining the Mayor’s “” Campaign.

The city is still recruiting new food truck vendors for additional sites.  Vendors are encouraged to use the city’s new single application process for procuring food truck permits to operate as well as a new site license process for trucks interested in selling on the public way. 

For more information on how to operate a food truck in the city, visit Mobile Food Vending.

Daniel DeMaina (Editor) July 13, 2011 at 02:19 AM
OnAnInhale.com July 13, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I just had Clover for lunch yeserday by South Station. AMAZING!
KAC July 13, 2011 at 02:03 PM
This is great news for Charlestown...check out CLOVER! Vegan selections....mmmmmmmmmmm!
susan holaday July 13, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Your post makes it sound like all 15 will be coming to the Navy Yard - not so- they are assigned to specific sites and will rotate but NOT all 15 are coming here.
John Moore July 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Most of these are trucks are filthy and pollute the neighborhood. They do not pay the high rent our local eateries pay and will not contribute anything toward our community. Try asking them for a food donation, gift certificate or an auction item for a non-profit in our community. Please think twice before you purchase a quick food fix from them.
J B July 13, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Hello Mr Menino, When they decided to bring this food truck to the Navy Yard, they were obviously not thinking about the negative impact it will have on small businesses that are working hard to make ends meet and have been offering a quality and healthy menu for a limited traffic area where most of the customers are nearby employees, residents or tourists depending on the weather and high summer season. It's a shame!
Chandler July 13, 2011 at 07:35 PM
So little food options in the navy yard- this will be exciting. More options seems like the American way.
Joseph July 13, 2011 at 08:38 PM
JB - I hear what you're saying, but what if this food truck was another small business that was stationary, and located next door to your establishment? What would your argument be? What if the owner of the food truck is from Charlestown - would you still be opposed? If you have a great product, you shouldn't concern yourself with competition. Given the previous post by John, are people opposed to the farmers market since they aren’t from the neighborhood? Out of curiosity will you please point out these quality and healthy menus you speak of? I'm familiar with the NYB, that's about all and I honestly don’t think these trucks are competing against them. Personally, I don’t buy food from food trucks.
J B July 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Hey Joseph, if this food truck was another stationary business right next to my establishment, in an area like the Navy Yard that is very quiet during most of the winter time, I would make sure we don't compete offering the same type of business unless the area offers enough demand to justify the sales and the competition. I would open somewhere else, not next door to a breakfast place if I sold only breakfast. If the owner is from Charlestown, there's more to Charlestown than the Navy Yard. These are trucks and they are business on wheels for a reason, they will be there today and then tomorrow, somewhere else. The rotation part is to make the idea profitable for them so one truck does not get stuck in one area that may or may not sell better than the other. The small business owners that are stationary in the Navy Yard, as an example, wouldn’t be able to; they just have to accept the highs and lows of each season. I don't own a business in the Navy Yard but I do live in the area and support the local ones. You asked me to point out a quality and healthy menu in the area, check out Style Cafe. They offer a large variety of breakfast plates, sandwiches, Panini, Burritos and more, all homemade, fresh and great tasting to me. I am sure they won't be losing many customers to this truck(s) but I have seen how difficult business is during winter time for everyone in the area. There are so many places in Boston that could use these trucks because of the high and great demands.
Alexandra Roberts July 13, 2011 at 10:49 PM
I live and work in the Navy Yard and Style Cafe is not fresh or tasty, they do have good smoothies, though. I walked down to 1st and 5th today as advertised but there was nothing there, does anyone know when this is actually happening? Will there be a way to know what the rotation is so that you know ahead of time what will be there when? I think it's a great start, but this 1 per 4 neighborhoods thing is a bit weak! Other cities do have designated spots for trucks, I don't know what that comment is about. The difference is their spots have 100 trucks in a spot, not 1. In other words, make it like Portland, Oregon please! :)
Jim O'Brien July 14, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Get over yourselves. The more of a variety the better. Charlestown has a lack of establishments offering food, clothing, books, etc. Look at all the other neighborhoods of Boston, J.P. West Roxbury, East Boston, Roslindale, Hyde Park, North End. We have next to nothing.. All these neighborhoods have a variety of options, not Charlestown. Let's see what the trucks can bring.
Joseph July 14, 2011 at 04:40 PM
You're absolutely right - Charlestown needs a LOT more!! I'm all for variety. If someone local can get it done, great. If they can't, nothing wrong with others trying. It is the American way indeed!! I'm all for the trucks, I just won't eat from them.


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