Taco food truck OK’d in Cedarburg
Vendor will be allowed at three sites 12 times next year

By Laurie Arendt - News Graphic

Dec. 7, 2017

That Taco Guy food truck was a regular at the Cedarburg Farmer’s Market this past summer.
Submitted photo

CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Plan Commission issued its second mobile food establishment license Monday, this time to That Taco Guy, which will now be allowed to operate on three sites in 2018.

While the license received unanimous approval, it did not come without discussion.

“I’m troubled by this,” said Anne Denk, owner of Wyndrose Jewelers in downtown Cedarburg. “Essentially this is granting approval to a building, albeit a building on wheels. These food trucks are not required to abide by the (design) regulations that our brick-and-mortar stores do. I expect to see this at the county fair, not in our downtown.”

Denk expressed concern that food trucks licensed in the city of Cedarburg do not have stipulations on times of the year, regulations on hours, smells, LED lighting, music or design.

“My concern is that these trucks will only take advantage of highvolume days in Cedarburg,” she said, noting that she did not have an issue with the applicants themselves or their business, but with the general principle of allowing food trucks into downtown Cedarburg. “I welcome and invite you to join us in serving Cedarburg 365 days a year.”

Cedarburg planner Jon Censky clarified some of Denk’s concerns, noting that the applicant has to abide by specific rules, including operating hours between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and a limitation of 12 days of operation in the calendar year per location. Under the ordinance, licensed food trucks are also not allowed to operate on festival days.

Eli and Andrea Acosta, owners of That Taco Guy, requested to operate at three specific locations in Cedarburg: behind North 48, W62 N599 Washington Ave.; the driveway of the former Classic Traditions house, W63 N671 Washington Ave.; and the parking lot of Northshore Gymnastics, W59 N270 Cardinal Ave.

“If they don’t abide by the requirements, (the license) gets brought back for reconsideration,” he said. “It would be based on complaints.”

“There is an ordinance in place,” noted Commissioner Jon Czarnecki. “They have to abide by it.”

Should That Taco Guy wish to add additional locations under its license, the Acostas would be required to reappear before the Plan Commission for approval.

While the Plan Commission was not concerned with two of the locations, they did discuss the Classic Traditions driveway and ultimately requested that the Acostas park the trailer so that it did not extend beyond the front façade of the building.

Commissioner Greg Zimmerschied also noted that he had visited the site and measured the driveway. As proposed, the driveway offered about a foot of clearance for the 8-foot wide food truck. Moving the truck further back would take advantage of the fact that the driveway opens up.

“If you have a private business on private property, you should have the right to operate it as you want,” said Czarnecki.

However, the Acostas were amenable to moving the truck further back in the driveway. Eli Acosta noted that he intended to be a good citizen when operating in the city, including conscientiously waiting for low traffic times to move his food truck.

While the city’s mobile food establishment licenses are normally approved for a calendar year, the Plan Commission agreed to make That Taco Guy’s license effective immediately through 2018.

The first mobile food license was given to The Blue Cow. Vendors at Summer Sounds are exempt from the ordinance.