That Taco Guy food truck
was a regular at the Cedarburg Farmer’s Market this past
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.
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
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.
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.
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
you have a private business on private property, you
should have the right to operate it as you want,” said
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.
first mobile food license was given to The Blue Cow.
Vendors at Summer Sounds are exempt from the ordinance.