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Partners launch eco-friendly food truck pilot
A local Mexican restaurant is opening an eco-friendly “mobile food café” with a little help this week.
Wyoming restaurant Tamales Mary, New York-based Move Systems and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. will debut the solar- and electric-powered food truck at a grand opening from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.
The truck will be parked at Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St. NW, in downtown Grand Rapids.
Move Systems began producing the MRV 100 mobile cafés in its Walker plant in August, primarily selling them to customers in New York City, where “the number of food trucks exceeds 5,000,” according to Move Systems.
This will be the first unit to be used in Grand Rapids.
The Business Journal previously reported the six-month pilot project would cost $61,150. The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority provided a $30,575 grant, and the remaining cost was shared by Move Systems and Tamales Mary.
The project cost includes customization of the mobile food unit, lease fees, licensing and permitting fees, and operational fees for Move Systems.
After the pilot phase, the business owners and DGRI will evaluate the pilot performance and discuss the next steps.
Tamales Mary, owned by Mary Alvarez Martinez and Humberto Martinez, sells meat and vegetarian tamales, a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk.