Food Trucks Feeling Harassed In Downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a food truck fight in Minneapolis. Some food truck workers say they feel harassed depending on where they park.

In downtown Minneapolis, 10th Street and Nicollet Mall is a busy intersection for food trucks. In fact, they get lots of business from Target employees.

“It’s quick, convenient. I can run out of work, grab it and run back in and it’s delicious. And it’s cheaper, too,” said Jen Mohler, a Target employee.

But many food truck operators feel that Target doesn’t want them near their corporate headquarters.

Katie Newham, who helps run Simply Steve’s food truck, said on Wednesday security guards walked outside the Target door and moments later Minneapolis police officers arrived were asking for their permit.

“They come up when there’s customers, so I feel like it makes us look bad,” said Newham. “We’re totally legal to be here. We had our meter paid and we have our permits.”

A similar situation happened at the Twisted Sister House of Hunger food truck.

“(A Target worker) said we needed to leave as soon as possible because he was smelling diesel fumes in their lobby,” said Twisted Sister worker Cody Allen.

He said nothing on the truck uses diesel, only propane.

“Before (the worker) walked away he did actual comment that they wanted to get these meters taken out and made it a loading zone so that can’t be here, period,” Allen said.

A Target spokesperson emailed WCCO a statement saying, “Target respects the rights of street vendors. Target security has not contacted authorities about local street vendors.”

“It just feels like it’s just us, the little guy, against their big company,” Newham said.

Food trucks can use metered spaces as long as they pay for the time. The city of Minneapolis said earlier this year it looked into this particular space on 10th and Nicollet and determined it was a legal area for the trucks to park.

  • Jake

    Where’s the love?

  • DJ Abraham

    A food cart cannot operate within 100 feet of a restaurant or cafe downtown. Call the Mayor if you’re worried about it.

    • brent

      DJ, Give the mayer a call and tell him that your days are not full enough and you need something to complain about. wood you like some cheese with your wine.

  • Jesse

    This is news….WOW! I think WCCO likes to pick on it’s neighbor!

    • Justin


      This is a legit news story. People love to hear about this kind of thing. Think about how many people are served by a food truck a day, and what if one day they aren’t there. They would know why- because this story informed us that they are potentially(maybe are) in danger of being run out of the area.

  • Mike

    Michelle is spelled Michele, but than your not a girl anyway…………
    Absolutely moronic? Without a doubt.

    • @Mike

      It’s spelt both ways, solid vocab. on your sentence d-bag. il re-write your sentence, “but then you’re not a girl anyway” LOL

      • just me

        You mean “spelled”………learn proper English d-bag……

    • Kieron

      And “your” in this case is spelled “you’re.”

      • @Keiron

        Who are you correcting? I already corrected Mike, both uses of your and you’re are used correctly in my sentence, so Keiron I hope you’re correcting Mike which I already did, if you’re referring to the @mike comment it is written and spelled spot on.

        • Tricia

          Please don’t end a sentence with a preposition. It’s improper English :)

  • BS

    Target should make their own food trucks. Problem solved.

    • moreoptionsareawesome

      Target has a really nice albeit quite expensive cafe on campus

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  • CJ

    “The city of Minneapolis said earlier this year it looked into this particular space on 10th and Nicollet and determined it was a legal area for the trucks to park.”
    Wonder who asked them to look into it?

  • Angus

    Let us review past actions of Target”
    1. Salvation Army bell ringers kicked off their propery.
    2. $150,000 to white boy Emmers for Gov
    3. No gays with petitions on their property
    4. Top executive does not want group home in “his” neighborhood. It is gone
    5. No food trucks near their building – instead buy the alleged lunch they serve
    6. Leave a comment card about service with name and phone number? They don’t bother to respond – too big a company.
    They are not a friendly company to any but the straight rich white race. The rest of you just disappear.

  • Robert

    I love the comment about the Target employee complaining about diesel fumes from a propane powered truck.

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  • me

    Wow, seriously? Is that all anyone is worried about on the internet these days? If someone typoed, or spelled incorrectly?? Really?? And I bet you are all english majors right? I think we have enough happening in this world to worry about, I don’t think we need to worry about the use of a comma or how someone spelled Your or You’re or they’re or Their or There, or Too, To or Two.

  • Joe S

    Nobody is regulating them. They are not abiding per there license. Parking at a two hour limit meter for 6 hours. Opening before allowed. Truck wider than DOT allows. Park on Tenth because addresses are on the cross street or on the other side of the street

  • L.P.

    joe, do your homework before making a comment. you are clueless.

  • Robin

    What is the point of this squabbling and name-calling? It makes you sound like idiots. Spell check is there for a reason, use it, let’s move on. I just had the best sandwich from Twisted Sister’s House of Hunger. The Twisted Philly has grilled onions and peppers, (with just enough char to make you wish for more), tender beef and a great sauce from a Kenyan bro-in-law all on a toasted bun. It is everything I’d heard. And the thuoght of running these trucks out so Target can park one is ludicrous. Frequent them and appreciate the diversity in Minneapolis!

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