Home Furnishings Direct -labor day

Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Amazing Grapes | Yellow Pages | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : latest news August 19, 2014


6/29/2013 11:36:00 AM
'This is not Tijuana'
Barbecue food truck gets rap from neighbors
Since the Main Stage Concert Venue opened at 1 South Main St. in Cottonwood, operators Christopher Robin and Rebecca Riffel, encouraged Tamara Jarvis to permanently move her BBQ Pit to the their property. Now, residents in the neiborhood have launched a petition drive to force Jarvis to move her business.
Since the Main Stage Concert Venue opened at 1 South Main St. in Cottonwood, operators Christopher Robin and Rebecca Riffel, encouraged Tamara Jarvis to permanently move her BBQ Pit to the their property. Now, residents in the neiborhood have launched a petition drive to force Jarvis to move her business.
Tamara Jarvis
Tamara Jarvis

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


Tamara Jarvis has been operating a barbecue food truck for two years in Cottonwood. She bought the business after it was operated by its former owner for two years before that.

Jarvis has a big following for Gunner's Pit BBQ. A lot of people like the sandwiches and pulled pork; they keep coming back. She has quite a following.

So, she was quite surprised recently when presented with a petition in an attempt to run her out of town.

Jarvis' business "is not really mobile. You take it to a place and park it." For four years, it had been located at Home Depot and had been a regular stop for some shoppers.

Since the Main Stage Concert Venue opened at 1 South Main St. in Cottonwood, operators Christopher Robin and Rebecca Riffel, encouraged Jarvis to permanently move her BBQ Pit to the their property. The music venue does not offer food, otherwise.

Jarvis got a temporary use permit and was seeking longer permission from the city. It might have been an administrative decision, until that petition arrived, representing "residents of the neighborhood" who "don't want a carnival atmosphere near our homes. This is not Tijuana," the petition states, "with smoke filling our air ducts, trash blowing all over and the beginning of transients coming from Circle K."

Cottonwood Community Development Manager Berrin Nejad recently invited Jarvis to speak to the City Council about her business. Nejad is already moving an ordinance to encourage and regulate mobile food businesses, such as the one Jarvis operates. The city council had a lot of questions and was excited about the opportunity for diverse fare in town and Jarvis made a good impression.

Now that the petition with 17 signatures has been submitted, the consideration for a conditional use on the property will go before the Planning Commission during its July 15 meeting

The small trailer is located now on a prime transportation corridor, linking Mingus Avenue to SR 89A.

Jarvis sais most people are very complimentary and supportive of the BBQ business.

"I should put up a sign that says, 'visitor information,'" Tamara laughs. She says a lot of people stop and ask her, "where is this and where is that."

She admits that a lot of her business now comes from the evening crowd at the Main Stage and those hours make for a long day.

Nejad said she is going through the signatures on the petition to determine if they are actually residents who reside within 300 feet of the business or are unrelated. About half, she found, are not property owners at all but rent their homes.

Jarvis meanwhile is collecting a petition of her own, in support of her business. Unlike the petition drive launched by neighbor Judith Love, this one actively campaigns for mobile food trucks.

"They brighten a vacant area, stimulate culinary innovation, offer a choice and diversity to a community, provide jobs and contribute to the revenue of the City. We would like to live in a community that encourages small businesses to succeed," said Nejad.

Taylor Waste

    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Letters: Who is right is best satisfied by what is right (2 comments)
County votes 'No' on wolves (1 comment)
Cottonwood Elementary works to rectify AIMS stumble (8 comments)
AIMS scores mostly steady at area school districts (2 comments)
Editorial: Water, sewer rate hike a question of sooner or later (24 comments)


Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Monty Burns

If the petition supporters really are upset about the drunks, why not go after the drunks instead of the little food truck? I suspect most of the petition signers are senior citizens that have nothing better to do with their time, complain about everything under the sun, and got to be in everybody's business.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Lights On Nobodys Home

Many of You Folks Just Don't Get It! Miss Jarvis Is Probably a Really Nice Lady, and We Personally Have No Issues With Food Carts. It Is Where She is LOCATED! By Her Being in a BAR PARKING LOT, She Brings Extra Late Night Noise to The Area. Many, Many Food Carts Are Set Up In Parking Lots BUT.. NONE Are Feeding a Bunch of Drunks and They All Close at Normal Business Hours. They Do Not Sit in a Bar Parking Lot, They Do Not Have Alcohol Being Served. The CART is Not The Issue, It's The Late Night Hours, 2AM Serving Drunks Outside Where All That Noise Travels. If That Was Not a Bar and Say It Was an office supply or Say Still a Church, She Would Be Open at Reasonable Hours, Serving Sober Patrons, and We Would Be Able To Sleep!

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Article comment by: Hannah Berner

As a food truck owner who was recently "run out" of the Verde Valley , I am proud of you Tamara! We relocated to another small city in Colorado, where much to our surprise, they had their zoning issues figured out, AND welcomed us with open arms. I really wish that the community members there who are in opposition could see the positive economic stimulation that food trucks bring. Cottonwood AND Sedona community members I have a message for you, and that is do not be so ignorant to the current times that you think things like this bring a "Carnival Vibe". The food truck movement brings forth a forward thinking industry and alot of smart business owners who want to help create a better community and support local events and commerce. THERE IS ENOUGH PEACE AND QUIET IN ARIZONA, and not everyone moves there to retire. I wish the best of luck and all of our support to both of the businesses involved here.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Tony Troianello

In just reading the comments, I think I'm hearing someone to say:
"If they serve the kind of vegetarian food I like--and what I think others should be eating--then they are OK and can stay. If they serve any other kind of food, they have to go!" Is that the kind of arrogance on which this issue will be settled? I hope the community will be much more judicial than that in deciding this issue.


Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: Amanda Long

First, let me say that if the original complaint hadn't been filed I would never have found such a great lunch spot!!! I am originally from Chicago and now live in Minneapolis, but was visiting the area with my 2 young children fir a couple weeks. I read about the food cart "issue" at the Visitor Center and decided we definitely needed to check out what all the fuss was over. If you were to believe the initial complaint you would expect a run-down dive, with transients milling around, serving slop.
I found none of this!!! Everything was clean, fun, and very welcoming to families. We found the owner to be extremely friendly. She even brought out huge bubble wands for my kids and told them they could keep them. The food was fantastic (pulled pork, 2 gigantic hotdogs, baked beans, and potato salad) and very reasonably priced. I paid $18 for an awesome lunch and great company vs the $46 I spent the day before down the road at a "hog wild" establishment where I got decent food, but subpar service....I'd pick the food cart any day!! I really encourage locals and tourists to give this little gem a chance. One last note, I've read some bashing on these comments regarding lack of vegetarian fare.....here's an idea....express your
interest or ideas to Ms. Jarvis. She seems like the type of owner who would try to accomodate her current and potential customers. It never hurts to be polite and ask for options, especially if you're a patron who likes to support local business.


Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: No Noise, No Problems

Like the Main Stage, both the Rockn' B and Chaparral bars are on busy streets that border neighborhoods, with housing close by or right behind them, but you don't hear this complaining about them. The Main Stage owners must be a little thick-headed, but I would think by now they get it: close the doors and end this problem.

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Well, other than adjudicating these types of disputes between residents and businesses, the Cottonwood City Council is pretty much useless.

They have to have something to do to justify their jobs.


Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: pIg mEAT

Did the disgruntled residents talk to the business owners before circulating a petition?

Have TAMARA JARVIS, Rebecca Riffel, or Christopher Robin considered anything that might be done to minimize the impact of their business on the surrounding residents?

Maybe there's a middle ground that can be approached without upturned middle fingers and appeals to city government.


Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: T.J. O'Malley

There used to be a bar there, and an arcade, called BB's Billards owned by Bruce Brimhall, and I am positive it was much louder and busy then, and your gonna complain about a food truck.

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Ha Ha! Elaine, You Sound Great!

Welcome to town!

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: TAMARA JARVIS

ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!

I TOO WANT TO THANK JUDITH LOVE FOR BRINGING SO MUCH ATTENTION TO GUNNERS BBQ PIT! WHAT AN EXCELLANT ADVERTISEMENT! I HAVE HAD AN OUTSTANDING SHOW OF SUPPORT BY THE COMMUNITY!

THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED ME AT HOME DEPOT, HAVE NOW FOUND ME ONCE AGAIN! AS FOR HOME DEPOT BEING A BEAUTIFUL SPOT...... WHEN THEY STACKED MANURE 2 FEET FROM MY TABLES AND STARTED PARKING THEIR RENTAL TRUCK IN FRONT OF ME.... I REALIZED I WAS NOT WELCOME BY THE CORPORATE MANAGEMENT. I WAS UNPOLITELY TOLD THEY WANTED TO "ELIMINATE" ME AND "NOT HAVE ME THERE" SO THEY COULD "USE THE SPACE MORE EFFICIANTLY"! I DO MISS THE FEW EMPLOYEES THAT ATE AT GUNNERS REGULARLY! AND HOPE ALL MY REGULARS WHO HAVE ENJOYED OUR FOOD OVER THE PAST 8 YEARS, FORMERLY KNOWN AS DOUBLE H BBQ.

WHEN I WAS INVITED BY CHRISTOPHER AND BECCA TO JOIN THEM HERE AT MAIN STAGE, I WAS NOT PERSUEDED! I WAS TOLD I WOULD "ALWAYS HAVE A HOME HERE"! AND I HAVE FELT SO APPRECIATED, WELCOME, AND LOVED BY ALL THE MAIN STAGE MANAGEMENT. IT BREAKS MY HEART TO HEAR AND KNOW OF THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE SO OFFENDED BY MY PRESENSE!

AS MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN, WE LOST THE LARGE CYPRESS TREE, DURING TUESDAYS STORM, THAT GAVE ME SO MUCH SHADE, HELD FEEDERS FOR THE BIRDS, AND LIGHTS AT NIGHT. I LOST TABLES AND MANY OTHER THINGS THAT MADE MY SPOT SO "CUTE" AS MANY OF YOU WHO STOPPED TO TAKE PICTURES COMMENTED. I WILL BE WORKING ON GETTING NEW TREES AND SUN SAILS PUT UP SO ONCE AGAIN YOU CAN ALL ENJOY GUNNER'S FAMILY FRIENDLY LUNCH OR DINNER SPOT! PLEASE STOP BY TO CHECK OUT OUR PROGRESS!


Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Kerby Mudgeon

I lived in a big city while back, where there was a lot of rat's ares and rigg a maroll going on across the street. I did not like it. So I moved.This is lik'a barking dog complaint. If the dog barks too much the dog gets a muzzle or goes. BBQ, Pork, Salt, MSG, all are just coffin nails. Bad for ya and makes America Fat. If Miss. Tamara served Vegetarian fair there would not be any complaints and the clientele would be far quieter. Gunners BBQ - "Pulled Asparagus ala Peti Pan or Baguette with Red Sea Salt" " Tebetan Rose Veggieburgers with Mesquite Bean Fromage". Now that's the mid night crowd that we want in Cottonwood. Valet the 911's to left, the MB's center, BMW's stage right.

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Food For Thought

I can not understand how a food cart can create such a ruckus. I believe that the "bar" was there before the food cart was. This problem is not the food cart's. Besides one would think that getting some food, a cup of coffee, etc. would be helpful to sober up a drunk. I know it just takes time for the alcohol to get out of their blood, but at least they are buying food, coffee, etc. instead of the alcohol. I think that it is a good idea to have her there and open a couple of nights a week for something different to eat late at night. There are some out there who work a late shift and want something to eat that is not a hamburger or taco.(That can get old). I think that the petition is being done for the right reason but the wrong person. It should be geared towards the bar for the noise, not the food cart. She doesn't have the loud music. Maybe it shouldn't even be geared towards the bar, or maybe it should be to the City for allowing the bar there in the first place, knowing that there is a residential area close by and a bar would create a noise problem.


Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Sure seems obvious here...

...that the issue isn't at all with Ms. Jarvis and her nice establishment, but with the lack of consideration on the part of Main Stage for their neighbors. I mean, duh! A venue that hosts music and serves alcohol is I'm sure a welcome addition to the community. But turning a blind self-serving eye to the fact that Main Stage backs up to a residential area used to peace and quiet for many years, yet staying open late hours with open doors...? Seriously? And with no disrespect to Ms. Jarvis and her enterprise at all, nor adding to any argument against her being there, Main Stage HAD to have known that adding food to that equation - later at night - could only result in disturbing the peace of this neighborhood. That choice was just rude and wrong, and IMHO it's time for Main Stage to own up to how they've thrown neighbors who need quiet at night under the bus, rearrange their hours and for heavens sake, keep their doors closed after a certain time. There's no need for Ms. Jarvis to move.

It's called COMMON COURTESY.


Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Nuff' Said

Boils down pretty easily. Yes it's a commercial property but it borders residential. It is irresponsible for the city to permit that kind of a business in that location. A regular business with regular hours needs to be there. As for the BBQ, the last pulled pork sandwich I had there was not worth coming back for. People here don't know good food and places with the worst food and service get rave reviews. All of this is what you get when you live in such a good ole' boy town.


  - Page 1 -  Page 2



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1700 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - Pulse Research
HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast





Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
VV Fairgrounds

© Copyright 2014 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved