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Food truck lot to open in downtown L.A.

February 11, 2010 | 11:48 am

A new food truck lot is set to open Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, marking one of the first efforts to bring the mobile food vendors together.

The downtown lot at South Alameda Street and Traction Avenue is one of several the Southern California Mobile Food Vendor’s Assn. plans to open in coming weeks, said Matt Geller, the group's vice president.

Another lot is slated near the Beverly Center, and the association is talking with Downtown Art Walk organizers about possibly positioning the mobile vendors at the monthly event.

A similar lot was shut down in Santa Monica last month, but city officials there said they are looking into changing zoning laws to accommodate one in the future.

The downtown lot will be open roughly from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. three to four times a week.

“The consumer is really the one who is benefiting from the food truck revolution,” Geller said.

Dave Reiss, who owns The Brig bar in the Abbot Kinney area of Venice, began in 2008 to allow multiple trucks to set up in his parking lot on weekends for free. He said it is like having a restaurant on the premises.

“It almost is a modern food court,” he said.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz