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Off the Grid food trucks may come to Menlo Park

Original post made on Jan 2, 2014

Off the Grid, a highly popular Bay Area food truck gathering, might set up shop in Menlo Park this year. The organization has applied for a use permit to operate in the Caltrain parking lot at the corner of Merrill Street and Ravenswood Avenue.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Finally something interesting in Menlo Park! The introduction of Quiznos and bev mo are not conducive to a high standard of living. Some of the best budding culinary talent has made its way to off the grid.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm

This is an exciting opportunity. The businesses of downtown Menlo Park as well as the city will benefit because Off the Grid will bring far more people, i.e., retail, service, and tax dollars, to downtown than the empty store fronts and carpet stores bring. I sure hope our city council gets this one right and approves this permit.

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Posted by matt
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I welcome this. Now the SurfAir Militia can have something else to whine about.

The noise! The pollution! The good food!

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Posted by Downtown Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

The Caltrain parking lot is for Caltrain parking, not for food businesses that may or may not be of interest to most Menlo Park residents. With them they will bring a shortage of parking for the already crowded downtown and probably infringement into residential garages not meant for commercial use, garbage with no where to go overnight, noise in excess of the decibels allowed by zoning laws which will negatively impact nearby residential properties, and a severe lack of bathroom facilties. The nuisance potential for up to ten food trucks where they don't belong is huge, and unfortunately those of use who bought our homes in the downtown area will suffer. And then there are the business people who trusted Menlo Park officials to keep the downtown clean and thought it was a good place to set up their stores and restaurants. We don't need food truck in the downtown area, we need to support the businesses that have worked hard to support the community especially through the economic downturn. This is a very bad idea.

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Posted by Editor
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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