La Cocina Tapped to Operate Food Carts in Dolores Park, Justin Herman Plaza

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La Cocina would be able to operate one cart on weekdays, two on weekends.
La Cocina has gotten the initial nod for a contract to do pushcart food sales in both Dolores Park and Justin Herman Plaza, said director Caleb Zigas. Pending final approval by the seven-member Rec and Park Commission, the nonprofit food business incubator would be able to operate one cart space in Dolores on weekdays, and two on weekends.

Zigas said he was delighted, and is already looking into purchasing food carts for La Cocina vendors to use in Dolores on some kind of rotating basis. Zigas has yet to meet with vendors about which ones might be interested in selling at the Park, though both Cristina Besher of Kika's Treats and bacon-wrapped hot dog vendor Lucero Muñoz have expressed interest.

Rec and Park's selection committee also offered La Cocina a slot at Justin Herman Plaza, along with Let's Be Frank and La Cocina client Onigilly. Blue Bottle Coffee won a selection committee recommendation for a cart at Dolores. The awarding of contracts will come up for a vote before the Rec and Park Commission in two weeks. After that, pushcart operators will have to negotiate terms such as operating hours and rent.

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