Popular mobile coffee van not kicked to the kerb

d485229 Kerbside Cafe. Picture: Martin Kennealey
d485229 Kerbside Cafe. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THE owners of popular coffee van Kerbside Cafe have confirmed they will reapply for their spot at Mt Henry Bridge Reserve as soon as the City of Melville sends a renewal letter.

Rumours have swirled about the future of the mobile cafe as its 12-month agreement to operate near the bridge draws to a close.

However the City of Melville last week provided reassurance that was no tender process underway for Kerbside Cafe or any other mobile food vendors operating in the area.

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“All of our current mobile food truck vendors who hold licences will soon receive letters inviting them to renew for the 2019-2020 financial year as part of the annual process,” chief executive Martin Tieleman said.

“If they do not choose to renew, the location will simply become vacant until such a time that another vendor applies and is approved.”

Kerbside Cafe owner Clint Gardner said he and wife Loren would renew as soon as they received the paperwork.

The City is surveying the public about food trucks via its Melville Talks website, which shows Mt Henry Bridge Reserve has the capacity for up to three traders.

Mr Tieleman said the feedback would assist with determining which locations are ultimately approved for food truck operations, as well as the types of food and operating hours that will be permitted at each.

“Each of the locations put forward have been selected after considering a range of criteria which must be met, including suitability for activation, ample parking, ease of traffic flow, public toilet access and capacity to accommodate food trucks. These factors along with the community’s feedback will all be considered before any final decisions are made,” he said.

Mr Tieleman said the City recognised the popularity of food trucks.

“They help to activate spaces and increase the social connection and vibrancy of local places, and with only a handful of food truck vendors currently operating at regular locations, we are trying to make it easier for them to trade in the City of Melville so the community can benefit,” he said.

“Specifically, we have been seeking community feedback via a survey, asking about their preferred locations for food trucks at a number of pre-approved locations across the City, and what they’d like to see there.”