OBERLIN, OH -- Three Oberlin College students who created a gourmet food truck have hit a road block with the city.
The city has ordered the vendors to close down and park their truck until they submit some controversial paperwork.
"Everything shuts down really early and kids are still out and they want to eat and we want to provide that for them," said Jeremy Reimnitz, an Oberlin College junior.
So, to fix the late night food problem, the three college juniors took what they learned in their entrepreneur class at Oberlin College, raised close to $10,000 and bought and outfitted a gourmet grilled cheese food trailer called North Coast Toast.
"We took everything that we learned in that class and sort of used it to create this," said Oberlin junior Casey Silverstein.
Right now, North Coast Toast is closed for business until the City of Oberlin receives a conditional use permit. So far, there are no food trucks or regulations in Oberlin, so the city wants to draft rules to regulate the trucks and the locations where they can do business.
A statement sent to us by the City Director of Planning and Development Gary Boyle says "the Oberlin Planning Commission has asked staff to research the matter of such operations and to provide draft regulations for their consideration."
The students from North Coast Toast say they haven't signed Oberlin's conditional use permit because they want their truck to be mobile and not limited to one location.
"That conditional use permit would only allow us to operate in commercially zoned areas so they aren't even allowing us to operate on residential zoned areas. So, we want to be able to cater private parties that could potentially be in residential zoned areas or operate similar to how an ice cream truck would operate," said Silverstein.
People who have tasted North Coast Toast's gooey grilled cheese say the students should be able to park their food trucks where the action is.
"They should be able to go where the activity is. If the activity is down by Tappan Square or across the street at the bowling alley, they should be able to move to where the activity is at so they can get the sales," said Jerry Pearlman of Oberlin.