Rochester, NY: Food Truck Owners Await New City Legislation

By Reporter  |  Rochester First


The cold has Le Petit Poutine on hiatus.

That’s the Canadian french fry comfort food truck in Rochester.

As the snow melts, food truck owners hope the city will cook up good changes for their businesses.

“If these new rules pass on April 1st, how will that affect everything we have lined up for the season, so it is getting stressful,” said Ronnie McClive, co-owner of Le Petit Poutine.

The city is drafting legislation to expand food truck pilot program, which expires March 31.

It is expected to include more vending locations and new hours.

“Certainly the hours, locations, and very specific things good for city but restrictive for food trucks — all of it is on the table,” said Elaine Spaull, Rochester City Council Member.

The current pilot program included 10 trucks but just 6 parking spots.

It costs each truck $750 to participate.

“If we learned anything from last summer, it’s that there simply were not enough locations. What we would like to see is a lot more comprehensive. We want to address areas outside of Center City, we want to address private property vending,” said McClive.

Elaine Spaull says it’s about finding the right balance.

“We want them and we should treat them as legitimate businesses I want them to know that we do respect that and we do respect their investment,” said Spaull.

The city has received few complaints about the trucks.

Owners hope council helps their business thrive instead of driving them out of Rochester.