Leveraging self-contained, mobile kitchens, restaurateurs have served up a surprisingly wide range of cuisines at various daily locations, typically in dense urban markets.
They want to avoid situations such as those seen in Ottawa, which opened the door wide to vendors in 1994. They had 105 sign up, resulting in too much competition and physical fights over prime spots. It took Ottawa and the law of supply and demand 10 years to cull them back to a manageable 36 sidewalk carts and 15 chip wagons.
"We don’t want to block anybody’s business,” he said. “We don’t want to be a safety hazard.”
Columbia's City Council is set to take up amending an ordinance governing temporary vendors or food trucks in the city limits.
A “food truck trailer park” planned for Lower Greenville will start construction late this summer.
City Hall has done little to live up to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's tweet: “My administration will support Food Trucks in Baltimore.”
A petition signed by more than 3,700 fans of food trucks was presented at Thursday night's City Council meeting.
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