Jersey City, NJ: Popular Jersey City Food Trucks to be Exempt From New Food-Truck Rules

(Gallery by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

By Terrence T. McDonald |

(Gallery by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)
(Gallery by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

Two popular food trucks near the New Jersey City University campus in Jersey City would be exempt from new regulations regarding mobile food vendors.

The proposed rules, up for consideration at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, are a multi-year effort on behalf of city officials to revamp antiquated regulations. The council was set to approve the changes in April 2011, but the vote was delayed after the vendors said they were too restrictive.

The new regulations would force the vendors to stay at least 300 feet away from any licensed brick-and-mortar eatery, and they would have to move at least 150 feet every two hours.

The only exemption to that rule would be for the area near NJCU.

Back in December 2011, The Jersey Journal spoke to brothers Bill and Gus Papathanasis, who run two food trucks that sit outside the university campus every weekday. The men said that they shouldn’t be forced to move every two hours, arguing that they don’t compete with any restaurants.

And they won’t have to, if the council adopts the measure up for initial approval Wednesday.

The council introduced a version of the new regulations in October 2011, over objections from restaurant owners who said the proposed fees for mobile vendors were too low. The council never adopted the proposal.

The council meets next on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 280 Grove St.