An ordinance proposed today by two members of the Boston City Council would license up to 25 food trucks with the hope of spurring a small fleet of high-end mobile restaurants.
The proposal, by Councilors Michael P. Ross and Salvatore LaMattina at today’s weekly meeting, will require a public hearing and approval by the mayor and a majority of the council. The ordinance draws on lessons learned by other cities that have experienced a proliferation of gourmet food trucks.
It would require a fixed brick-and-mortar commissary for water, supplies, and cleaning; a ban on parking within 100 feet of an established restaurant selling similar food; and other crucial requirements of running a mobile kitchen, such as having a bathroom plan so employees can use the toilet.
The two councilors compiled their findings in a seven-page REPORT, which distinguishes between lunch wagons that deliver sandwiches and other premade food to work sites and high-end food trucks, which are literally full kitchens on wheels.