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Food Trucks to finally hit Israeli streets this summer

Several bills have been proposed in the capital's legislature to allow food trucks to operate as long as their food quality and gas and water tanks are regulated
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New initiative by Jerusalem municipality gets green light from Health Ministry

Jerusalem may soon join the growing list of international cities featuring food trucks, with a new initiative run by the business development department of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Innovation Team (JLM i-team).

“The initiative seeks to bring a commercial front to areas in the city where permanent infrastructure is currently deficient, serving as a lab for the future development of these areas, while giving participating restaurateurs a chance to reach new customers,” reads a statement put out by the Jerusalem municipality.

“The Jerusalem culinary scene is renowned worldwide, appealing to visitors and residents alike,” says Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat.

“We want to bring restaurants to residents, workplaces and neighborhoods in order to connect Jerusalemites with their local businesses.”

The introduction of food trucks to Israeli streets has so far been stopped by Health Ministry regulations which repeatedly vetoed the possibility.

The new initiative, for which a tender has been issued by Jerusalem's city hall, is called AutoChef and will consist of a fleet of five to seven trucks, each with a single culinary specialty and run by an experienced local restaurant.

The fleet of food trucks will serviced different residential neighborhoods, industrial parks, and tourist areas throughout the city, where there is no easy access to gourmet food options.

“In many neighborhoods and business districts in the city, there is a considerable lack of commercial and entertainment development,” Inbal Moses, head of the business development department at the Jerusalem municipality told Israel21c.

“This initiative brings businesses to neighborhoods and residents, answering an existing need and strengthening businesses at the same time.”

“The spirit of innovation in Jerusalem has reached the culinary scene, strengthening businesses and enriching public space,” says Sharone April, director of the JLM i-team.

“We are proud to be partners in the AutoChef initiative and eagerly await seeing neighborhood residents and people working in the city enjoying quality culinary, community and social events.”

Restauranteurs hoping to operate one of the trucks, must be seasoned food business owners with several years experience, said the JLM i-team spokesperson.

“The Jerusalem culinary scene is renowned worldwide, appealing to visitors and residents alike,” said Mayor Nir Barkat.

“We want to bring restaurants to residents, workplaces and neighborhoods in order to connect Jerusalemites with their local businesses.”

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