Animales Barbeque, Boomin Barbecue Trucks Protest City of Minneapolis Smoking Rule

Animal BBQ says enforcement of an “archaic” city ordinance could soon put a damper on his meat-smoking operation.

The problem: The current City of Minneapolis code states that food trucks cannot have equipment outside of the truck.

This means that quirky smokers used by companies like Animales and Boomin Barbecue are technically prohibited.

Threat level: Seriously if you’re a fan of smoked meats – Animales and Boomin serve up some of the best barbecue in the state.

Yes, but: City leaders, including officials from the health department and the city attorney’s office, are working on a fix.

  • “These great local joints put Minneapolis on the barbecue map, and we’ll find a way to get them smoking,” Mayor Jacob Frey told Axios in a statement.

The plot: It’s unclear why the ordinance, which also applies to common food truck features such as picnic tables and garbage cans, is being enforced now.

  • The owners of the two trucks say health inspectors have not raised the issue in the past.

Situational awareness: Both trucks operate from fixed locations – Animales is at Bauhaus Brew Labs and Boomin is outside the Ombibulous craft beer store.

  • Animals owner Jon Wipfli told Axios that the rules were created when food trucks mostly parked downtown for lunch service on the row of food trucks. He argues that they should be updated to reflect current trends.

What they say : Wipfli said Sunday that while city leaders have been helpful, he is still waiting for a resolution.

  • “I know they don’t want us moving to the suburbs, where the food we cook and the way we cook it would be welcome,” he said.

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