Menlo Park: Food trucks coming to train station starting Feb. 19

No appeal of decision to allow Off the Grid food trucks at the station

Ten food trucks will roll into the Caltrain station on Feb. 19, when Off the Grid expects to kick off its new weekly event in Menlo Park.

Despite protests by about 20 downtown business owners and patrons prior to the Planning Commission's approval of a permit for the event, no one filed to appeal the decision by the Jan. 29 deadline, according to city staff.

Off the Grid, based in San Francisco, started organizing food truck events nearly four years ago. It now hosts gatherings in 25 Bay Area locations, including the Belmont and Burlingame Caltrain stations.

The Menlo Park event will use the corner of the train station parking lot near the intersection of Merrill Street and Ravenswood Avenue and close to the West Bay Model Railroad building. Signs will ban parking within that section of the lot from 3:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Food will be served for three to four hours, starting at 5 p.m., with live music, chairs and lighting provided along with a portable toilet. Off the Grid must clean up the area by 10 p.m. after each event and dispose of all garbage off site.

Ben Himlan, director of business development for Off the Grid, said the company hasn't finalized which vendors will attend the Menlo Park opening. Food trucks seen at other Off the Grid gatherings include Curry Up Now, Kung Fu Tacos and Sam's Chowder Mobile.


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Posted by Ashish
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Chaos! Young people! Bags and bags and bags of garbage!

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Posted by Manlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm


Yes, those awful young people, and those bags of garbage you find all over Menlo Park.

You wouldn't happen to be referring to all those bags of dog droppings I see everywhere, no doubt left behind by all those "young people" walking their dogs, would you?

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

What fun! Food trucks at the train depots. A novel idea and a great way to meet your neighbors. Also great if you don't feel like cooking after getting home from work. Just grab a meal-to-go and head on home after getting off the train after a long work day. ; )

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Posted by Wall Wall
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Only 4 trucks?

Where does it say that? Sort of defeats the vibe that you got up in Belmont and San Mateo, with at least a dozen trucks offering all those wonderful choices.

Looing forward to it - great choice, Menlo!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Feb 4, 2014 at 8:14 am

@Wall Wall

"TEN food trucks will roll into the Caltrain station..."

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Posted by Wall Wall
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Right there, opening the first sentence.... who hid that so cleverly?



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