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Monday, June 22, 2009

High-End Downtown Food Cart Faces One Last Street Bump

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 1:06 PM

click to enlarge Joshua Skenes: Ready to go.
  • Joshua Skenes: Ready to go.
The owner of a long-planned high-end FiDi lunch cart told SFoodie his launch date is in lawyers' hands. Chef Joshua Skenes had hoped to roll out Carte 415 by early May. But several delays -- including custom fabrication in Canada of the cart itself -- left Skenes' rollout dead in its tracks. Unlicensed street-food vendors take note: Going legit can result in all kinds of red-tape.

"We're ready to go on our side," said Skenes, who's been engaged in weeks of recipe-testing and other fine-tuning tweaks. "Now it's just left up to the lawyers." Last-minute details still had to be ironed out regarding Skenes' lease for vendor space in the ground-floor solarium of the KPMG Building (55 Second St. at Stevenson), a process that could take weeks.

The 29-year-old Skenes has worked as executive chef at Chez TJ in Mountain View, and opened Stonehill Tavern in the St. Regis in Dana Point, OC, for Michael Mina. He's described the concept for Carte 415 as farm-to-table street food. When it does launch, the cart will be merely the newest flavor in a trend that's seen bistro dishes from Roli Roti food trucks and fancy French takeaway from Spencer on the Go's retooled taco truck. Skenes has said he eventually plans to roll out several high-end food carts downtown.

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