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OldTart
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Old Tart, can you please post the link to Licensing? I'm on my phone.

I don't believe there is anything on their site specifically related to food trucks and one would need to call them or go down to see them in person to look into details.

In any event, the OP has no immediate plans to open this or any other kind of business and is simply speculating possibilities for the future once he's lived here for a while.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 4:48 pm
ms411
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He should look at the types of licenses currently available. A food truck without a permanent location may need a Vendor's license.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 4:52 pm
CruzanIron
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I used to have a mobile sales vehicle (not food), and I had to have an ITINERANT VENDORS LICENSE to sell from my vehicle at various locations. Permission to park in a particular location came from the property owner or the VIPD for parades or government sponsored events.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 5:22 pm
Alana33
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I already gave her the contact info/person, e-mail and tel. numbers for DLCA prior to this post.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 5:47 pm
ms411
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Thanks, Alana.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 5:48 pm
Rowdy802
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So this thread is now reviewing food trucks and posting restaurant reviews instead of helping OP decide if he wants to or can start a food truck?

But this is what the OP posted in the thread:

Is there one or two spots where most Food Trucks are located on STX? Do they seem to cover the food choice spectrum pretty well? Breakfast, hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, Italian, French, etc. Island cuisine of course.

Thanks for input. I think it would be fun to do. L

The OP expanded the original question... and opinions while mentioning the cooking trend for a particular truck/trailer is almost unavoidable... Besides, good reviews means it could be a formidable competitor... Peace... 😉

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Posted : September 15, 2014 9:03 pm
ms411
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Forums are not a good indicator of the market, imo, because such a tiny percentage of the population posts. People are mixing restaurant reviews with food truck reviews. What's popular on STX is not necessarily what's popular on STT.

Forums are not a good source for business ideas, imo. Too many variables and a small population of posters. Businesses that survive carve out their niche and provide quality and service.

Nobody thought the ice gallery on STT would still be open after a year. She's still here as of today even with the high cost of WAPA. Don't ask me how she does it.

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Posted : September 15, 2014 10:08 pm
AandA2VI
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Old Tart, can you please post the link to Licensing? I'm on my phone.

I don't believe there is anything on their site specifically related to food trucks and one would need to call them or go down to see them in person to look into details.

In any event, the OP has no immediate plans to open this or any other kind of business and is simply speculating possibilities for the future once he's lived here for a while.

I am interested and in progress of doing this. Any info you have especially since you know the licensing stuff would he helpful. Boyfriend has called a few places like lic place but not getting clear yes or no answers. Thx.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 12:02 am
ms411
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A&A, pm me with more details.

BUT, first rule of dealing with VI bureaucracy is either do it in person or hire an expediter. It also helps to have give aways.

The last time I went to Licensing I acted so frustrated they felt sorry for me, and gave me the info I wanted. Think of it as helping the Tin Man find his heart.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 12:28 am
Alana33
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I gave both AandA2VI and this poster all the DLCA info with contact name, phone and e-mail so it should not be that difficult to either call to speak to that particular person or to set up an appointment to visit in person. In posters case, this is all hypothetical as she's not even on island and doesn't really have a clue. She does have the info I sent and can make a phone call or two. I think we are just spinning our wheels on this thread and won't be going anywhere.

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Posted : September 16, 2014 1:05 am
Lmarion
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You're right, Alana, I don't have a clue. That's why I'm asking questions. I have learned a lot from these posts, thanks to all who did, but I'm not ready to apply for a license. I realize that I will need to do extensive research when on the island. L

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Topic starter Posted : September 16, 2014 1:36 am
Alana33
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You really have to be here on island to figure out what you will do in this particular situation. You don't even know if you're going to like living here much less running a
food truck, which I might add is a lot of hard work. We do not have stateside type neighborhoods so when you're actually on island you can see for yourself and figure things out.

When are you making the move?

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Posted : September 16, 2014 11:58 am
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