Washington, DC: Commentary – Why My Brick-and-Mortar Bakery Opened a Food Truck

By Che Ruddell-Tabisola | DCFoodTruck.org

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“Our food truck provided a way to test the market and build a brand and customer base, and it has convinced me that we could open a successful brick-and-mortar store in the District.”

WASHINGTON, DC – One of the growing number of brick-and-mortar businesses that also operates a food truck today spoke out against Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed new food truck regulations.

“For my business, our food truck provided a way to test the market and build a brand and customer base, and it has convinced me that we could open a successful brick-and-mortar store in the District,” writes Craig Barsi, co-owner of Sweetz Cheesecake and That Cheesecake Truck.

The full article is available at http://ow.ly/k9Hnv.

“I’m one of a growing number of Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington members who started as brick-and-mortar businesses then opened a food truck,” Barsi writes. “Like my colleagues who started as food trucks then grew into brick-and-mortar restaurants, I believe that regulations that stifle entrepreneurship and put at risk hundreds of jobs are not just bad for food trucks, they’re bad for all small businesses.”

Three food trucks that opened brick-and-mortar restaurants last year wrote a similar commentary about the effects bad vending regulations have beyond food trucks. The article was by Stephan Boillon, owner of the El Floridano food truck and Mothership restaurant; Roger Horotwitz and Brian Sykora, owners of the Pleasant Pops food truck and Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Café; and Trent Allen and Josh Saltzman, owners of the PORC food truck and Kangaroo Boxing Club restaurant.

About the Food Truck Association 

The Food Truck Association is a group of more than 60 local food truck owner-operators. We seek to sustain the wellbeing of our industry, foster a sense of community and work in partnership to improve food truck regulations. We are engaged community members who deeply care about our city and believe in working together to make a positive impact. The Food Truck Association’s signature event is the Curbside Cookoff food truck festival series. For more information visit www.DCFoodTrucks.org.