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NYC: First Food Truck With A Liquor License

on 10/06/11 at 7:40 am

Booze News

Photo: Benjamin Normal for WSJ

New York’s gourmet food truck phenomenon just got tipsy.

The Turkish Taco Truck, one of the occupants outside the space formerly occupied by Tavern on the Green in Central Park, will begin selling beer, wine and cocktails on Friday — making it the first food truck in the city with a liquor license, according to a statement released by its operator.

As with all things food truck-related, this innovation could very well spark a new wave of boozy mobile vendors. Burak Karacam, owner of both the truck and Pera Mediterranean Brasserie restaurant, heralded his one-year license as a “precedent-setting privilege.”

There are limits that could present obstacles for food trucks that lack fixed locations. Karacam’s operation is only allowed to sell alcohol that will be consumed within the seating area near Tavern on the Green; curbside food trucks, on the other hand, have no enclosed spaces. The Turkish Taco Truck owner also appeared before Manhattan’s Community Board Number 7 , which oversees that part of the park , whereas other trucks are likely to cross several jurisdictions.


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