Boston: Filling An Appetite for More Food Trucks

A customer reached for her frozen chai at the first Boston Food Truck Festival last summer in the South End. More trucks could be on the way.

By Andrew Ryan | Boston.com

A customer reached for her frozen chai at the first Boston Food Truck Festival last summer in the South End. More trucks could be on the way.

Great news, hungry city dwellers! The Boston City Council today approved an ordinance that will clear the way for more food trucks on the city’s streets as early as June.

The initiative is designed to streamline the permitting process for the trucks, a mushrooming industry that often serve gourmet fare. Food trucks had been allowed in a limited capacity, but the vehicles needed approvals from an array of regulators, including police, fire, inspectional services, and transportation.

The new ordinance, which will take effect in 30 days, established one comprehensive application to make it easier for entrepreneurs to launch mobile restaurants, according to the office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who supports the measure.

Menino’s administration worked on the effort with Councilors Michael P. Ross, Salvatore LaMattina, and Maureen Feeney. Three food trucks began serving meals this week on City Hall Plaza: Clover Food Lab, Momogoose, and Bon Me.

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