Flatbread food truck coming to Rockport Harbor

By Louis Bettcher | Apr 10, 2018
Source: LiveStream Bobby Morgan, left, of Flatbread Company and Rockport Harbor Master Abbie Leonard speak at a select board meeting April 9.

Rockport — A food truck featuring a wood-fired oven will be serving pizza, burritos and tacos in Rockport Harbor this summer. Bobby Morgan, of Flatbread Company, had his permit application for the mobile food operation approved by the Rockport Select Board on April 9.

On April 5 Morgan filed a peddlers permit application with the town of Rockport's planning office for a food truck that would be serving food and beverages in Rockport Harbor from the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The application states that the business will be operating from June 15 through Oct. 30 of 2018.

The application was included in the packet for the April 9 select board meeting, along with an email from Rockport Harbor Master Abbie Leonard, who spoke in favor of Morgan's presence at the location. Leonard said that she met with Morgan throughout the winter, and expressed to him the importance of consistency with any food truck that should service the harbor.

"I have reviewed his plans for the truck itself and am pleased that it will be self-sustaining and not require power....It will be a welcome addition and it is my hope to work with Bobby to offer not only a consistent schedule but also some special events throughout the summer," said Leonard.

Morgan said at the meeting that a repurposed school bus would serve as the food truck. In it would be a wood-fired oven, where food would be prepared without the use of electricity from a hookup in the harbor parking area. Additionally, a water tank would be on board.

One location discussed would be to place the food truck on the lawn next to the antique train engine near the base of the road leading to the parking lot in Rockport Harbor. In previous years the Fox on the Run food truck operated from the parking lot as well.

In his Manager's Comments report to the select board, town manager Rick Bates wrote that he believes the food truck will be a popular addition to the harbor, and moved that the permit application be approved.

"[The food truck] can be located on the west side of the park nearer to the lime kilns and not on the grass by the Andre statue. Flatbread has been very active helping a variety of community events at the Rockport Opera House and in promoting fundraising events for local charities at the facility on Route 1," said Bates.

Selectman Mark Kelley asked members of the board if there were any concerns about other food trucks coming to the parking area once Morgan's operation was there. Chairman Ken McKinley said in that event Leonard and the harbor committee would make a recommendation regarding other peddlers, based on space available. He added that Morgan would be paying an itinerant peddlers fee as well as a fee for using one of the town's parks.

Following a discussion with Leonard and Morgan, the board voted unanimously in favor of approving Morgan's permit application to operate a food truck in Rockport Harbor for the 2018 season.

“I think it's great to have a local business down there, and Flatbread does a lot for the community and I pay attention to that and I appreciate it,” said McKinley. Flatbread Company is located at 399 Commercial St.

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