Eatery gets OK for food truck

November 23, 2012
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JACKSON SQ.—A local restaurant recently ran into trouble for opening a food truck as a kind of second kitchen in its parking lot.

Yely’s Coffee Shop will run a food truck just outside its 284 Centre St.  location again, following a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) decision to grant the eatery conditional approval to do so.

According to JPNC Zoning Committee Chair David Baron, Yely’s management wanted to operate a food truck so they could offer different kinds of food from the regular Yely’s menu as well as having a mobile kitchen for special events.

The JPNC voted to support the conditional approval at its Oct. 30 meeting.

Yely’s started operating a food truck in its parking lot before realizing they needed a permit to do so, Baron told the Gazette. They eventually filed the paperwork requesting 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. hours.

The issue was complicated by the fact that the Yely’s parking lot is separated from the storefront by a very small private drive that is occasionally blocked by Yely’s customers.

“A couple of the residents at end of the private way complained about Yely’s and their customers,” Baron said, adding that the complaints included noise, traffic and cooking smells in addition to the drive being blocked.

“So we hammered out a compromise, a 90-day [temporary] approval with a 10 p.m. closing time,” Baron said. “It was a compromise and the applicant [Yely’s] did not object to it.”

The Gazette was unable to reach Yely’s management, as their voice mailbox was full.

Yely’s can be reached at 617-284-2204.