January 19, 2012
Board of Equalization cafeteria temporarily shuts down, food trucks to fill gaps

Workers at the California Board of Equalization building at 4th and N streets who showed up Tuesday and hoping to get lunch or coffee at its cafeteria were out of luck. The cafeteria abruptly shut down over the weekend due to "personal reasons" from vendor Darren Simonds. The cafeteria is expected to be closed for the next two weeks while a new vendor is secured.

A coffee kiosk has since been installed to service the building's 1,900 employees, and the vending machines were re-stocked, according to Board of Equilization spokesperson Jaime Garza. There's also been outreach to Sacramento's food trucks to help fill those hunger pains in the interim, and the Board of Equilization is working with the City of Sacramento to extend the parking limits for food trucks while the cafeteria remains closed. Under current city ordinance, food trucks must move every 30 minutes. The sandwich truck Wicked 'Wich has already made a stop at the building this week, and Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen also plans to feed the civil servant masses there, said Drewski's owner Andrew Blaskovich.

The Board of Equalization's cafeteria utilizes the Department of Rehabilitation's Business Enterprise Program, which trains the legally blind to operate food service entities. Simonds shut down his cafeteria operations without giving any prior notice, said Garza.

Chris Macias is the Bee's food and wine writer. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias

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